A Sense of the Infinite

A Sense of the Infinite It s senior year of high school and Annabeth is ready ready for everything she and her best friend Noe have been planning and dreaming But there are some things Annabeth isn t prepared for like th

  • Title: A Sense of the Infinite
  • Author: Hilary T. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780062184719
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming But there are some things Annabeth isn t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe s new boyfriend Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying And like the way the secret she s been keeping hidden deep inside hIt s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming But there are some things Annabeth isn t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe s new boyfriend Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying And like the way the secret she s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe.But most especially, she isn t prepared to lose Noe.For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don t involve Annabeth Without Noe s constant companionship, Annabeth s world begins to crumble But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she s really meant to be with her best friend or without.

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    1. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a story about one girl’s last year of high-school, and her ups and downs as the year went along.I felt quite sorry for Annabeth in this story; her relationship with Noe meant so much to her, and the way she was so easily discarded was awful. The storyline in this basically covered Annabeth’s last year of high-school and all the things that happened to her, touch [...]

    2. This book hit me hard with the feels, I think I need to read more Maid-Sama after this review because I feel so broken down right now. There were so many things about this book that was painfully similar to the things that I went through during grades 1-8, regarding friendship. Ever since I was a kid, I was always the third wheel, the one who was left out. It was so hard to be happy in school and keep my grades up because I just wanted to have friends who would treat me as an equal. But no one s [...]

    3. This book is phenomenal. It's quiet -- a powerful quiet. It grabs you bit by bit until it has your entire heart.It's a story about friendship, about the evolution of relationships and people. The writing is knock-you-out beautiful, thoughtful, painful, and hopeful. It features gymnastics, the outdoors, exploration. Finding your path and your destiny, with or without, a best friend at your side. It's about what does and does not a friendship make. About how growing up at any age means changes tha [...]

    4. The world needs more quiet books. This is the story of Annabeth's senior year of high school. For years, she's been buoyed by her close friendship with Noe. But now Noe is pulling away from her, and she's feeling alone and uncertain. Ultimately, she works through these issues -- and several others. But what I loved about this novel is that the issues weren't all consuming, even if they were serious. I had a completely different perspective than the School Library Journal review, which found the [...]

    5. A Sense of the Infinite is a book about friendship, and a phenomenal one at that. As a huge contemporary reader, I have read countless novels focusing on the relationship between friends, but Hilary T. Smith's most recent novel does not merely melt into the masses of other "friendship books." Thanks to its realistic progression and gorgeous, empathetic writing, it is one of the best books of its kind that I have ever read.When I started reading A Sense of the Infinite, I first fell in love with [...]

    6. Annabeth lives for her friend Noe because, in many ways, Annabeth hates herself. The easiest way to escape that hatred is to throw her life into someone else’s and Noe’s larger-than-life personality was an easy escape. Annabeth’s struggles and the emotional weight she shoulders is below the radar of the adults in her life, which was absolutely heartbreaking. When the friendship inevitably sidetracks, and Noe changes her mind about college, and life in general, Annabeth starts to unravel. T [...]

    7. A coming-of-age story exploring adolescent identity, familial love, and the evolution of teenage friendships. A Sense of the Infinite is a slow-paced, thoughtful story of what it means to be a teenage girl rapidly approaching adulthood. Smith packs a ton of issues into her story - including rape, depression, self-harm, abortion and eating disorders - but she does so with ease. The plot never feels contrived, only realistically complicated.The focus of A Sense of the Infinite is the increasingly [...]

    8. Ehhh, I stopped reading this after 130 pages. I don't want to write a full review for this, but just know that this book was not my jam. Once again I'm left disappointed by one of my most anticipated books of 2015.I thought this book would be relatable but that's the last thing it is. The characters are annoying and immature and I can't think of one character I even remotely liked or cared for. I don't know why I was expecting so much to be honest. This book fell short of average.

    9. A beautiful and quiet story.Shows friendship, love and hate at its deepest.A sweet story of hanging on or letting go.A story of finding youself, being yourself and loving yourself!

    10. I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. There are a lot of trigger topics in this book- eating disorders, abortion, rape, suicide, depression, but the book never feels like an issues book. It feels like real life. The only thing I can possibly criticize is that in the arc copy I read it was hard to tell who was saying what in the text conversations, but I'm sure that will be fixed by the time the book is released.I read and loved the author's first book, Wild Awake, and this [...]

    11. This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!What's the best and most powerful thing in the world? L-O-V-E! And what does love have to do with? Friendship. Smith's A Sense of the Infinite is truly one of the most meaningful sisterhood stories that have touched my heart since Ann Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Except in this case, the story deals with a much broader subject matter, and I found myself loving it much more than a typical c [...]

    12. Gahhh! This book was so so so good. I loved the story and the characters and just how beautiful Hilary's writing was. It just showed a great example of how much life can change due to a few people and events. Definitely recommend this one for people who enjoy contemporaries.Annabeth was such an interesting character to read from. With her and Noe, it was one of the Since You've Been Gone situations where the protagonist is able to find out who they really are because they don't have their best f [...]

    13. 4 starsI read Hilary T. Smith’s Wild Awake last year and fell absolutely in love. Smith’s writing style is truly beautiful and the subject matter that is in Wild Awake is extremely powerfully written. After finishing that book, I knew I would read anything she wrote. When A Sense of the Infinite fell into my hands, I dove right in. From page one, I was hit full-force with Smith’s gorgeous writing style once again. A Sense of the Infinite is a satisfying sophomore novel from Smith.A Sense o [...]

    14. **A version of this review will post to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.**There’s a certain rawness to Hilary T. Smith’s writing, a certain grittiness and reality to all her words and situations. I thought it was phenomenal in her first novel, and while her second one wasn’t as high up there with me…A Sense of the Infinite really did deliver everything I’d hoped and expected for her follow up book.Annabeth and Noe made me sad. It felt like it was a great friendship in the past, but [...]

    15. *3.5-4 stars*I finished this book pretty quickly, the chapters were really short and the writing was so addictive.The novel starts out pretty light-hearted, two friends (Annabeth and Noe) are in their senior year; they've been friends forever and they have made a path for their future. But now they're living their future and it doesn't necessarily goes as planned -- Noe starts to drift away from the path they had laid down. Annabeth is stuck between following her best friend with gymnastics - so [...]

    16. Honestly? It was okay. You'll see a thousand different books like this if you bother to search for the particular genre. This just felt like one among others, nothing particularly great about, nothing to make it stand out. I also feel like Hilary T. Smith thinks she writes with that touch of lyrical beauty talented authors have, because she kept comparing everything to the stupidest things, like "seedlings fumbling for nutrients" in resemblance to Annabeth growing as a person. Wtf? Overall, I di [...]

    17. Full review posted on my blog, Blackplume The story is basically about growing up. It’s Annabeth journey to self-discovery – her friendships with Noe and her life as it happens. And as simple as that sounds Annabeth’s journey offers more than just a slice of teenager’s life. There are so many issues inside it – depression, suicide, eating disorders, teen pregnancy/abortion, rape are just few of them. With all that sometimes it feels contrived to have all of those things in one story or [...]

    18. A story about teenage girls, friendship and what happens when that friendship gets rocked. Beth has only ever known friendship with Noe, but when that gets changed because of boys and the natural path of life, Beth isn't sure how to react.A story that honestly has happened to almost every high school student. I know that I experienced this my junior year, and there was a good week where I thought I wouldn't be able to function correctly. But I was able to pull myself out of my funk and make the [...]

    19. This book is amazing. I love Hilary T. Smith's work -- WILD AWAKE was outstanding -- and A SENSE OF THE INFINITE shows that she has fantastically dynamic range as a writer and she'll continue to be a YA author to watch. It's not just that this intense contemporary novel features a totally different storyline and characters, but that it's written in a distinctively different writing voice, her characters feel completely alive and unique, and the book gets into some seriously tough stuff without f [...]

    20. Annabeth's final year of high school seems to be moving along predictably. Her narrative or inner voice is only slightly more vocal than her external one. Best friend, Noe, (is that pronounce 'No'? or 'No-ey'?) does most of the decision-making, keeps the extra friends, and sets the social agenda. Annabeth follows. Happily I might add.I liked that Noe really did seem to value Annabeth's friendship. Admittedly, when things go pear-shaped, Noe's actions show a different side of her personality, whi [...]

    21. This book is quiet and strong. There's so much in it, and the style is so choppy and to the point, with so many chapters ending with these ultra poignant statements that say so much.It could have ended a chapter before the last, and to me, the ending would have been absolutely perfect.This reminds me of something fans of Amy Reed would really love, in the vein of Over You but perhaps not as sinister. It's more a natural thing, what happens, and not necessarily so obvious.Wonderful characters and [...]

    22. 3.5 stars I loved the author's debut WILD AWAKE, but this one felt a little scattered, particularly with so much stuff going on. Still, the narrative voice is immensely readable.

    23. Oh man, everything about this was fantastic. I could really connect with Annabeth at times, and this writing was wonderful. So, so great.

    24. Bittersweet, but a bit too jumpy for my tastes. 'Saut de coq à l'âne', if you will. My French teacher would be so proud of me.

    25. This girl is weeeeaaakk! And a cry baby, and irresponsible, and whiny. Blahhhh. Go suck Noe's big toe Anna Beth and leave me in peace.

    26. I was so thrilled to receive my copy of A Sense of the Infinite – I had read Hilary T. Smith's debut novel, Wild Awake, last year and became obsessed with it. And I mean obsessed. (I made a playlist and everything.) So naturally I was really looking forward to reading her new book.A Sense of the Infinite is a silently powerful read with strong writing. Hilary T. Smith is so good with words – she knows exactly how to romance a character's internal dialogue, how to take a feeling or a thought [...]

    27. Rating: 1.5/5***Minor spoilers***Annabeth has been best friends with Noe ever since the beginning of high school. They've always done everything together and made great plans - they were going to go to college together and dorm together, and they were going to travel to Paris. But for some reason, things begin to go downhill in their senior year. They have barely any classes with each other, and they begin to drift apart. Noe has been hanging out more and more with her other friends. Noe had Ann [...]

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