Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Review: Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

Title: Infinity + One
Author: Amy Harmon
Enjoyment Rating: ****
Source: Digital Copy
Content Alert: pretty clean, but implications of sex and some mild language

Bonnie Rae is the Taylor Swift of her day-- America's sweetheart, and a crossover artist who got her start in country music but has turned into a pop superstar. On the final night of her world tour, Finn Clyde (get it? Bonnie and Clyde?) finds her standing on the railing of a bridge over the Charles River in Boston, ready to plunge to her death. Without recognizing who she is, he tosses her in his car, and since she has no desire to return to her controlling grandmother/agent and her former life, she takes off on a cross-country trip with Finn. Her grandmother reports her as kidnapped, and pretty soon they're trying to escape detection as they go. Along the way, they learn that they're both suffering the loss of identical-twin siblings, and, despite their differences and all of the ways they're damaged, they fall in love.

I was pretty skeptical about Infinity + One. The whole premise of a superstar and an ex-con crossing the country seemed pretty flimsy, but I shouldn't have second-guessed Amy Harmon. She turns everything she writes into gold, and Infinity + One is no exception. Bonnie and Finn are interesting, rich characters, and I believed that they were falling in love. She also does a nice job weaving in the Bonnie and Clyde historical narrative (and all that it foreshadows) without it feeling heavy-handed.

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