Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Book Review: The Other Side of Infinity by Joan F. Smith


It was supposed to be an ordinary day at the pool, but when lifeguard Nick hesitates during a save, 
seventeen-year-old December uses her gift of foreknowledge to rescue the drowning man instead. The action comes at a cost. Not only will Nick and December fall in love, but also, she envisions that his own life is now at risk. The other problem? They’re basically strangers.

December embarks on a mission to save Nick’s life, and to experience what it feels like to fall in love—something she’d formerly known she’d never do. Nick, battling the shame of screwing up the rescue when he’s heralded as a community hero, resolves to make up for his inaction by doing December a major solid and searching for her mother, who went missing nine years ago.

As they grow closer, December’s gift starts playing tricks, and Nick’s family gets closer to an ugly truth about him. They must learn what it means to be a hero before time runs out.


For the most part, I am not a YA reader, more so I am even less of a paranormal/fantasy reader. I don’t mind a story with a dusting of fantasy in my stories, and that is what I happily got with The Other Side Of Infinity. It is true that the main character Decemeber has the ability to ability to see things before they happen, and yes she could change the trajectory of time if she interfered, but the story wasn’t heavy with it, it just felt right in the places it had been placed.

The story was told in the dual POV of December and Nick. Nick is a summer lifeguard at the local pool, he sees one of his teachers drowning, but instead of getting into a saving mode, he freezes. December, who happens to be sunning herself nearby on the side of the pool sees what is happening, jumps in, and saves him knowing she will change what should happen. Once the teacher is safe, she runs away leaving Nick there to take all the credit, even though he tries to tell the people gathered, and the newspaper reporter that it wasn’t him who saved him. They end up together when he margins with December that if he can find her missing mom, she will go to the newspaper and let them know it is her who actually saved the teacher.

The story does focus on December’s abilities, but it also has a heavy focus on friendships, first love, and family relationships. The setting was believable as was Nick and his desire to make things right. I liked December, and for the most part, her character was real, except for the whole ability to see things, I easily overlooked that.

There were times that the story moved a bit slowly and Nick worries excessively over his situation and the secret he held on to. He was vanilla…I don’t think he had done anything wrong in his life, and his secret honestly made me chuckle, but I was a bit of a wild child growing up, and well….

I did keep reading merely for the need to know the outcome of the story. 


I am going to be honest, I am so glad that I hung on and finished because I seemed to be more caught up in the relationship Nick and December had than I thought I was because that ending…. both surprised me and broke me. 

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