Review: Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

My Thoughts

A stirring romance. A life-changing adventure.
This beautifully woven story is entirely unforgettable,
profoundly touching and uniquely Amy Harmon. It’s absolute
perfection and an immediate all-time favorite.

6stars

Synopsis

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00002]When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die. 

Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.

One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all? 

With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.

Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.

*Infinity + One is a standalone novel*

My Review

Reading an Amy Harmon book is an experience. I get lost in the story. Consumed by the characters. My thoughts adrift in introspection. The beauty of the writing is always so striking. The story is always so affectingly real. Even in this case, where one of the characters is a music superstar, her sentiments are raw and relatable. Somehow, Amy’s stories feel stripped and unencumbered, and as a reader, I experience the heart and emotion at the core of the story. I love the pearls of wisdom she embeds and how they incite me to reflect on my own life and actions. Infinity + One is arguably her best work to date and that’s saying something since I have loved everything I’ve read from her. It has heart and soul, suspense and sexiness, intelligence and wit. It’s two seemingly opposite people adding together perfectly. Two souls who have been broken by tragedy and are looking to find their way in life.  It’s one adventure that promises to change everything and it all starts with a star that’s begun to dim…

“I don’t really want to die… I just don’t want to live very bad… But maybe that will change if I can just get away for a while… figure out who I am and what I want.”

To the world, Bonnie Rae Shelby was a bright, shining star. A young girl blazing to the pinnacle of fame. But in reality, Bonnie was broken and empty, lost and impossibly sad. Although she loved music, everything around her was nothing but a mirage. Empty of anything real. And she’d had enough. Running from the lights and towards the dark hopelessness she felt inside, she was ready to make it all go away. Until fate intervened, thrusting together a boy with a plan and a girl without hope. Bonnie and Clyde met at the heights of desperation, at a time where they needed something to rouse the insipidity of their lives.

“Finn saw something he’s seen on a thousand faces in the last six and a half years. Beat-down, hopeless, finished, blank. It was a look he had battled in his own reflection. It was defeat.”

When Finn Clyde came along, Bonnie was forced to make a choice and something about Finn felt right, fated even. Throwing caution to the wind, she takes an uncertain leap into the future with a boy she just met. All she knew is that she had to get away from everything and everyone that caged her in, because the sadness she felt inside had been consuming her for too long.

“Everybody has the blues. Maybe that’s all they are. But they feel more like grays than blues, and more black than gray sometimes.”

When Bonnie met Clyde, he had a plan.  Clyde had seen some of the worst life had to offer, always falling on the wrong side of things. Attracting trouble and taking the consequences. And Bonnie Rae Shelby was trouble. He knew that immediately. But he also recognized the desperation in her… he had felt it so many times. He still felt it. Still searched for an answer that would change the outcome of his life. Clyde saw the world through a different lens. A fabric of fast-moving numbers and equations. He found solace in the mathematics all around him. He could predict conclusions, control the chaos. Having this girl next to him factored an unpredictability that he found difficult to process.

“I believe in numbers. The ones you can see and the ones you can’t. The real and the imaginary, the rational and the irrational, and every point on lines that go on forever. Number have never let me down. They don’t waffle. They don’t lie. They don’t pretend to be what they’re not. They’re timeless.”

The more miles they traversed,  the more time they spent together, the more they realized just how much they shared in common. They both felt like halves to a whole. They both felt alone. They both needed each other in a way they didn’t realize yet. Seeing how their differences began to converge and fit together was wonderful to observe. Every moment seemed significant as they gradually fell for each other. Depended on each other. Needed each other. Bonnie’s fog began to lift and Finn suddenly saw a girl full of feistiness and courage, life and song. She was courageous and beautiful and she did something unsettling to him inside. Finn felt as if he was permanently marked in a way that was never going to be good… or good enough. He couldn’t figure out why Bonnie didn’t run from him, and perhaps more significantly, why he suddenly couldn’t fathom being away from her.

“He was usually good at figuring things out, good at unraveling complicated equations and ferreting out solutions to problems most people wouldn’t even attempt. But that was math and Bonnie was a woman, and the functions and formulas that ruled one had no obvious bearing on the other. Here he was, surrounded by a complex, puzzling, and illusive problem, and he wasn’t talking about math. Bonnie should be running from him as far and fast as she could, and for the life of him he couldn’t figure her out.”

Bonnie wasn’t good at being alone. She kept searching for something real and Finn Clyde was real, beautiful and brilliant. He was caring and good, but he too, was broken. Bonnie began to believe that they were destined to meet, a duo on the run, like the famous Bonnie and Clyde, but with the possibility of a different ending. A happy one. She needed Finn to believe in her, in them, in himself… but he feared they couldn’t escape the same ill-fated ending, and he feared he would lose her and it would all be on him.

“We’re Bonnie and Clyde! Wanted and unwanted. Caged and cornered. We’re lost and we’re alone. We’re a big tangled mess. We’re a shot in the dark. We’re two people who have nowhere else, no one else, and yet, suddenly that feels like enough for me!”

This beautiful, powerful, unforgettable story is one about breaking the cycle of hopelessness. It’s about taking control of your own life and risking it all to find the things that are most worth it in life. It’s love and adventure, risk and reward, courage and freedom. It’s a spellbinding tale that touched my heart profoundly, yet quietly, in the way that Amy Harmon often has through her storytelling. I find that I care deeply for the characters she creates, feeling their emotions as if they were my own, internalizing the stories to a point where they mean so much to me. Infinity + One is breathtaking… undeniably one of my favorite all-times reads. You’ll fall in love with Bonnie and Clyde, rooting for their love as they race towards their happy ever after.

“Infinity plus one does equal two… Me and you.”

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About The Author

amy harmonAmy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written six novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and now, Infinity + One.

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