{Bieke Reviews} An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay

Posted October 17, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 8 Comments

{Bieke Reviews} An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes

by Randy Ribay
Pages: 244
Published on October 16th 2015
by Merit Press
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie's trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents' divorce, Mari's considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante's working up the courage to come out to his friends, and Sam's clinging to a failing relationship. The four eventually embark on a cross-country road trip in an attempt to solve--or to avoid--their problems.

Told in the narrative style of Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMAN, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES is at turns geeky, funny, and lyrical as it tells a story about that time in life when friends need each other to become more than just people that hang out.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

Aahh this was such a nice, fun book to read! It was a very lighthearted read with some very serious moments and yes, lots of diversity! And that’s always awesome! This was exactly what I needed at the moment.

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes is about four friends: Mari, Archie, Dante and Sam. Each deals with their own problems. Mari’s mother has cancer and urges her to contact her birth-mother. Archie’s dealing with the divorce of his parents. Dante is working up the courage to come out to his friends and family. And Sam’s girlfriend broke up with him right before she moved away to the other side of the country. They then leave on a cross-country road trip to Sam’s ex-girlfriend’s new home and they each face their own problems along the way.

I really enjoyed this one! It didn’t blow my mind, but not every book should. I love books like this that I just simply love. The writing was great and I loved the style of the book. The first have tells the same week four times. One time for each friend. And I liked that! Because this way we got the full story. The second half covers their road trip and them dealing with their problems. I found this a very fast and easy read and I just read it in one sitting. In my humble opinion that’s the way to read this. Just in one go. Don’t put it down. That’s the best way to experience this novel. There’s fun, geek stuff but also some hard-hitting serious moments. Luckily the light moments cushion the blows of the emotional ones.

I loved the four friends in this book and how they each had their own voice, especially in the first half of the book when we got to see how their week went. They were all great characters and they grew individually and as friends throughout this story! There’s a bit of a romance and it’s very nicely done. Also, for those looking for a diverse read, look no further! This book offers plenty. Diversity in race, upbringing, sexuality and relationships. It’s all there! And it’s not forced, if anything it feels very realistic because the world just is diverse like this and I like that this book didn’t shy away from that.

All in all I’d say that An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes is a must-read for every fan of contemporary and of course for everyone that longs for more diversity in young adult books. It’s touching and heartbreaking but also a lot of fun and so very sweet.


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8 responses to “{Bieke Reviews} An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay

  1. I agree with this! I had a few small problems with it, but overall, it was a great read! I enjoyed the characters and how real they seemed- flawed, and like people you actually know. Which is RARE, honestly. And I LOVED the diversity- and the best part for me was that it didn’t feel forced at all, it was just very realistic. Great review, I am glad you enjoyed this one too!

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