The Infinite Noise

The Infinite Noise Review

Lauren Shippen's The Infinite Noise is a stunning, original debut novel based on her wildly popular and award-winning podcast The Bright Sessions.

Caleb Michaels is a sixteen-year-old champion running back. Other than that his life is pretty normal. But when Caleb starts experiencing mood swings that are out of the ordinary for even a teenager, his life moves beyond “typical.”

Caleb is an Atypical, an individual with enhanced abilities. Which sounds pretty cool except Caleb's ability is extreme empathy—he feels the emotions of everyone around him. Being an empath in high school would be hard enough, but Caleb's life becomes even more complicated when he keeps getting pulled into the emotional orbit of one of his classmates, Adam. Adam's feelings are big and all-consuming, but they fit together with Caleb's feelings in a way that he can't quite understand.

Caleb's therapist, Dr. Bright, encourages Caleb to explore this connection by befriending Adam. As he and Adam grow closer, Caleb learns more about his ability, himself, his therapist—who seems to know a lot more than she lets on—and just how dangerous being an Atypical can be.

"What if the X-Men, instead of becoming superheroes, decided to spend some time in therapy?" (Vox on The Bright Sessions)

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  • Benjamin

    At this point in my life I will read anything with queer representation and a colorful cover....

  • Alice Oseman

    The Bright Sessions is one of my favourite audio dramas and I was so excited to read one of its many sub-plots in novel form!! You don't need to have listened to TBS to enjoy this story, though. Such ...

  • Lola

    3.5 stars. This is a story that is centered on human emotion, and we all know that teenagers have a lot of them as they are struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong and who is a fri...

  • Larry H

    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I rounded up.Sixteen-year-old Caleb Michaels is handsome, popular, and athletic, running back on his high school football team. But lately he's been struggling emotiona...

  • Dani ?? Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzAfter reading an excerpt I loved the idea of atypical abilities and having to deal with them through therapy. And Caleb is such a sweetheart....

  • Tara ?

    Everybody go right now and listen to the podcast this book will be based on, The Bright Sessions. I promise you won't regret it. It's literally just about people with superpowers going to therapy and ...

  • Hollis

    There's a lot to love in THE INFINITE NOISE. Representation-wise, we have a protagonist who is Jewish and gay and plagued by depressive episodes, another who is.. well, we're never given his orientati...

  • anna (readingpeaches)

    rep: mlm mc, gay li with depression Review on my blog. You know that picture of a horse that starts really beautiful & detailed and ends like something drawn by a three-year-old? That's this book.It s...

  • Velvet

    (I was given a short intro to this upcoming book in exchange for an honest review.)What a great idea: Empaths who feel everything others feel. They empathize too much. It sounds like a book I'd love.....

  • robbie p.

    HOLY. FUCKING. SHIT.Absolutely one of my new favorite books. Ladies, this book is going to COME for your throat. It was so fantastic and made me so overwhelmingly happy. Buy it when it comes out or yo...