Review: Infinite Repeat (The Art of Lainey Novella) by Paula Stokes

Posted May 2, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: Infinite Repeat (The Art of Lainey Novella) by Paula StokesInfinite Repeat by Paula Stokes
Published by Harper Collins on August 5th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: E-book
Pages: 128
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
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We've seen Lainey's story in The Art of Lainey, but now we'll hear Micah's tale in this digital novella from Paula Stokes.

Seventeen-year-old Micah Foster is looking forward to the return of his girlfriend, Amber. She's been away in Los Angeles recording an EP with her band, Arachne's Revenge. But when Amber returns home on the anniversary of Micah's dad's death, everything has changed. Over the next few days, as Micah tries to repair his relationship with Amber, he relives the events of the past few years and recognizes a pattern. His friends and family are right—Micah self-destructs every April. Will Amber be this year's casualty? Or can Micah escape his past in time to fix his present?

Have you read The Art of Lainey? If you haven’t, it’s alright. You could still read this novella first. But if you had read The Art of Lainey, it’d be better actually because Infinite Repeat is about Micah, who was the male lead character in The Art of Lainey. Micah has well, a MOHAWK, which is by my definition, quite awesome HAHA. But before he met Lainey, Micah had a girlfriend named Amber, who went away to Los Angeles to record an EP with her band. Unfortunately though, Amber came home during the anniversary of his father’s death. Feeling guilty over his father’s death, Micah pushed Amber away. Every year, he self-destructs during the anniversary, and every year, he has a new casualty. Would Amber be this year’s casualty? Or can he fix himself before he hurt another innocent person?

If you expected to find some Lainey/Micah romance moment in this book, thinking that it will show some cute scenes between them, you’re wrong. Because this book isn’t about them, it’s only about Micah. It’s about his past entangling with his present. What I totally adored was the moments between him and his sister, Trinity. In this book, Micah wasn’t perfect. In fact, he screwed up many times. And I liked that, because it made Micah seemed real. You can literally feel every emotion that he’s feeling. There wasn’t an overly-sad scene, but you will still cry (I did, I cried badly.) Paula Stokes had this talent where every emotion is pouring out of each page. You can feel his grief, his sadness, and at the end, his relief.

And you know who else I actually surprisingly liked? AMBER. Yeah, I know that she was the ex-girlfriend of the main male lead, and most people would hate her. But I don’t. I think, as much as she and Micah had their differences, she had a part in helping Micah with his past. Even though it wasn”y much, I’m kinda glad that she was in the book, because to be honest, if there was no Lainey, I would totally want Micah to get back with Amber someday HEH.

AND AND I really want to re-read The Art of Lainey again. I should get that copy for myself soon.

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