The swoon of Nicola Yoon meets the emotional punch of Elizabeth Acevedo in this breakout debut novel that answers big questions about identity, family, and love.
High school junior Michie is struggling to define who she is for her scholarship essays, her big shot at making it into Brown as a first-generation college student. The prompts would be hard for anyone, but Michie's been estranged from her mother since she was seven and her concept of family has long felt murky.
Enter new kid and basketball superstar Derek de la Rosa. He is very cute, very talented, and very much has his eye on Michie, no matter how invisible she believes herself to be. When Michie's mother unexpectedly reaches out to make amends, and with her scholarship deadlines looming, Michie must choose whether to reopen old wounds or close the door on her past. And as she spends more time with Derek, she'll have to decide how much of her heart she is willing to share. Because while Michie may not know who she is, she's starting to realize who she wants to become, if only she can take a chance on Derek, on herself, and on her future.
About the Author
Lane Clarke lives in Northern Virginia and practices law in Washington D.C. You can follow her on Twitter at @lanewriteswords. Love Times Infinity is her debut novel.
"[An] emotionally layered debut....Clarke artfully explores weighty topics such as trauma, grief, and abandonment using pensive narration, and mirthful dialogue provides levity. Michie’s encouraging support systems, healthy relationship with therapy, and heart-wrenching journey toward self-acceptance depicts a story overflowing with kindness and healing."—Publishers Weekly
"A moving reminder to love—and allow ourselves to be loved—without measure."—Daniel Aleman, author of Indivisible
"Lane Clarke's one-of-a-kind voice had me hooked from the very first page....This book is truly something special."—Elise Bryant, author of Happily Ever After
"Heartfelt and relatable, Love Times Infinity is a beautiful story about finding the courage to love ourselves and to let others do so as well. Readers will find a new favorite main character to root for in Michie."—Kristina Forest, author of Now That I've Found You
"Heartfelt and relatable....Readers will find a new favorite main character to root for in Michie."—Christina Hammonds Reed, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Kids
"Executed with wit, empathy and humor, Love Times Infinity holds your heart in its palm and gently squeezes it—ultimately reminding us about all the intersections and complexities of love. This sincere story about guilt, pain and identity does not steer away from the difficult making it an absolutely breathtaking debut. Love Times Infinity is a must read!"—Amber McBride, National Book Award finalist and author of Me (Moth)
"Clarke's effervescent debut has heart and she navigates Michie's story with grace, humor, and love. A fresh contemporary with a protagonist everyone can cheer for."—Louisa Onomé, author of Like Home
"Come for the sweet-as-sugar romance; stay for the gorgeous prose, nuanced characters, and a deeply satisfying read. Believe me: you want this charming, beautiful story to warm and fill your heart."—Ashley Woodfolk, author of Nothing Burns as Bright as You