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The swoon of Nicola Yoon meets the emotional punch of Elizabeth Acevedo in this breakout debut novel that answers big questions about identity, family, and love.
High school junior Michie is struggling to define who she is for her scholarship essays, her big shot at making it into Brown as a first-generation college student. The prompts would be hard for anyone, but Michie’s been estranged from her mother since she was seven and her concept of family has long felt murky.
Enter new kid and basketball superstar Derek de la Rosa. He is very cute, very talented, and very much has his eye on Michie, no matter how invisible she believes herself to be.
When Michie’s mother unexpectedly reaches out to make amends, and with her scholarship deadlines looming, Michie must choose whether to reopen old wounds or close the door on her past. And as she spends more time with Derek, she’ll have to decide how much of her heart she is willing to share. Because while Michie may not know who she is, she’s starting to realize who she wants to become, if only she can take a chance on Derek, on herself, and on her future.
About the Author
Lane Clarke lives in Northern Virginia and practices law in Washington D.C. You can follow her on Twitter at @lanewriteswords. Love Times Infinity is her debut novel.
From NOVL Nation
“Michie is so wonderful and self aware and STRONG and I’ve never loved a romance like I’ve loved her and Derek’s beautiful friendship. This is what books are supposed to be, guys… Lane is the next great thing in YA, I can promise you that.”
“This book, for all its fun tropes (love at first sight; coffee shop au) is in its essence a story about self-worth, and more importantly finding self-worth at a time when things are going okay - not great, but not at rock bottom. In this way I found myself drawn to Michie and her story more; her finding self-worth could have come a year before the story began, hinted in some of her memories of a darker time, but instead it comes unexpectedly - when someone who doesn't know her wants to and she doesn't understand why.”
“The complexity of the relationships really elevated this book. I had so many FEELINGS for Michie and really everyone in the book. There are points of rawness, of exposure, of trying to protect oneself. There were points where my heart went out to Michie.”