God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo
When I was twelve, a fortune teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone.
Everyone said she was a fraud, that she was just making it up.
I’d really like to know why the hell a person would make up a thing like that.
Written with the snap, glitter and wit of The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, God-Shaped Hole is a memorable, poignant love story that will leave you weeping with laughter. It is told in the wry, vulnerable voice of Beatrice “Trixie” Jordan who replies to a personal ad, “If your intentions are pure I am seeking a friend for the end of the world.”
In doing so, she meets Jacob Grace, a charming, effervescent thirty-something writer, a free spirit who is a passionate seeker of life. He possesses his own turn of phrase and ways of thinking and feeling that dissonantly harmonize with Trixie’s off-center vision as they roller coaster through the joys and furies of their wrenching romance. Along the way they try to come to terms with the hurt brought about by their distant fathers who, in different ways, forsook them.
This story will prove so touching you will rush to share it with a friend or loved one or even a stranger.
I should have hated this book. Nothing really happens, other than a love story. But there was something about the writing that made this book compelling…once I started reading it. It took me a while to get through this book because when I had other things to read, this book wasn’t the one I would pick up. But when I did sit down with it, I would fly through the pages.
It’s written almost like a journal. It’s an account of a young woman falling in love. Beatrice had been warned by a fortune teller when she was twelve that she would have a great love, but that he would die young. At 30 (I think), she responds to a personal ad on a whim. She meets Jacob, and it’s instalove, which is unusual in an adult book.
Their relationship progresses quickly. They both have issues with their fathers, and they help each other deal with them. Jacob is writing a book. Trixie makes jewelry. They live in L.A., but they dream of moving to the South, which I found amusing. Who wants to move there?
I enjoyed the raw honesty of Trixie’s voice in this story. It showcases the vulnerability of falling in love. And her thoughts and explanations of why she does certain things, even things she doesn’t really want to be doing, are so real. So even though I didn’t love this book, I would definitely read another book by Tiffanie DeBartolo.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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