Review: An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay #2016HW

Infinite Number BGcvr.inddFour Dungeon & Dragons-playing friends hang out twice a  week, yet don’t know each other. Separately, they are each struggling with something that they think too hard to share:

  • One doesn’t know how to live without his girlfriend
  • One doesn’t know how to tell anyone he’s gay
  • One has a mother with cancer
  • One has a parent who has come out.

They are all about to enter their senior year and it seems that everything around them is unraveling. Impulsively, they decide to drive from New Jersey to Seattle to see the old girlfriend. Along the way, they learn how to connect with each other and maybe make their problems easier to handle.

These characters have troubles, for sure. Their individual stories are pretty huge, and what’s amazing is how they have been getting together for at least five years and they are relative strangers. They don’t even seem to really like each other. I’ve never played D&D, so maybe this behavior is totally realistic – you play the game and nothing more.

The story seems patterned on a John Green tale, what with the nerds, awkwardness and culminating with the inevitable road trip. Each of the characters’ predicaments/dilemmas/obstacles are very realistically drawn and their behaviors are authentic, but the story becomes burdened with all of that – there’s no humor or lightness to offset the pain and teenage angst. And just when the kids need an answer from the universe, it appears. Graciously and perfectly. Every time.

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay was published October 16, 2015 by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher and the Author.

Rating: 3

Genre: Young Adult Fiction  Contemporary Romance
Ages: 13 and up

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