Reading Update: “The Infinite Noise” by Lauren Shippen

As I mentioned, The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen came out a few days back. I’m 28% of the way through it at the time of writing this post (Thanks for the math GoodReads), and I have some THOUGHTS.

So the book is based on the characters of Lauren Shippen’s podcast called “The Bright Sessions,” which is an amazing series with wonderfully written and acted characters. The Infinite Noise is a prequel based on the high school couple of the series: Caleb and Adam. I was wondering how a novel would work in context of the show, but I am loving the execution so far.

The podcast introduces a jock named Caleb as an established empath (it’s a character-driven superhero show, FYI) with a fixation on an “emo kid” (that’s a direct quote from multiple characters) named Adam, who wasn’t introduced personally in the podcast until a little ways in. So, I wasn’t sure how the novel would be structured. Now it’s kind of starting to make sense, but kind of not. Where I’m at right now, Caleb’s struggling with high school issues (which, sorry Lauren, are clearly written by a 20-something-year-old) and starting to befriend Adam. But now I’m wondering where the rest of the plot will go. Will it bleed into the podcast? Will it get a little too drawn out and a little too sappy? I don’t know, but I’m excited.

I’ve already committed to writing a review about this book when I’m done, so there will be more later, but one last thought for now: I love the way Lauren writes different voices. The book switches back and forth between the two boys’ POV, and I love the way their voices and thought processes come across so distinctly. The podcast didn’t really touch on Adam’s point of view, so a certain struggle he had that I won’t specify explicitly here for various reasons (For my fellow TBS fans, it’s the thing from Safehouse II. I still don’t think I’ve emotionally recovered from that episode.) was used as an emotional climax of a scene. I was worried that Lauren would pull that again, but she didn’t. Instead of using the same plot point twice, she worked it more normally into Adam’s narration because, from his point of view, it was just a part of his life rather than the major realization that came from his telling Caleb.

So, all in all, I’m really liking this book even though the YA Romance genre isn’t really my thing. Am I biased? Yes. Do I care? Not in the slightest.

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