Seventeen-year-old Micah Foster is looking forward to the return of his girlfriend, Amber, who’s been away in Los Angeles recording an EP with her band. But when Amber returns home on the anniversary of Micah’s dad’s death, something feels different and Micah pushes her away.
Over the next week, 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–he self-destructs every April, right around the time his dad died, hurting people he cares about in the process. Will Amber be this year’s casualty? Or can Micah escape his past in time to fix his present?
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So, first things first (and trust me, this is the at the very beginning).
This is shot from my kindle of the dedication of INFINITE REPEAT. And yes, if you look closely, that Eli is me.
A while back, while #TeamLainey was up and running, the amazing Paula Stokes ran a publicity contest–the prize being able to design characters in her next book. Stacee @ Adventures of a Book Junkee and I were both winners of the contest and so we got to design characters (both under our own names) in INFINITE REPEAT, and that’s just more incentive to buy this amazing book. If you need more reasons, here’s a small list by Micah himself.
— Micah Foster (@micahbakes) July 26, 2014
I loved this book. Not only did I get a better look into Micah’s mind, the things he went through and how he got to the point that he did to get to THE ART OF LAINEY, but I also got a better look at Lainey and Trinity especially. INFINITE REPEAT provides an in-depth look at many of the minor characters in LAINEY and fleshes them out more, which is exactly what a novella should be. It didn’t feel too short, an issue I oftentimes have with novellas. In fact, it did feel a little long, but I didn’t mind that as much due to the ending finishing off pretty well.
"You’ve got that night on infinite repeat, Micah. You keep finding new ways to punish yourself. And you’re not the only one who suffers."
— Micah Foster (@micahbakes) August 9, 2014
Also, if you were ever seized by the urge to make fun of Lainey, you can do that a little bit as you're reading #InfiniteRepeat.
— Micah Foster (@micahbakes) August 5, 2014
I’ll be perfectly honest. There were times in THE ART OF LAINEY where I really disliked Lainey, but that was okay. It was okay because Lainey grew so much over the course of the story. In this case, it wasn’t that I disliked Micah from the start, but I came to appreciate him a lot more after seeing what he went through and how he had to get over his dad’s death and his own guilt.
I have to say I did feel that what happened in the end with Amber was brushed over a little bit. As for Amber and the music itself, I wasn’t a huge fan of Amber by the end of the story. I thought that she wasn’t put in a very positive light for me by the end of the story because I understood Micah’s point of view completely and their inevitable break up made sense to me, but I didn’t love it because I felt like there was still more for Amber.
When it comes to the music, I love the playlist for this book.
— Micah Foster (@micahbakes) August 8, 2014
Pearl Jam, The Killers, Nirvana, now that’s where it’s at. I think I understood a lot more about Micah and his affinity for music by the end of INFINITE REPEAT. I also really liked his descriptions of the music that Lainey eventually listens to in THE ART OF LAINEY. I’ve never been able to fully put into words what I love so much about music (a problem that I’m trying to fix while I’m writing my contemporary) but Stokes does it perfectly.
Don't forget to review INFINITE REPEAT after you read it, so I know if I should bother trying to write another story or just stick to baking
— Micah Foster (@micahbakes) August 7, 2014
Overall, I thought this book was an amazing companion to THE ART OF LAINEY and for anyone who loved LAINEY, I really recommend reading this awesome story. I was also really happy with my character and it was really cool to see Stacee’s. 4.5 stars.
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