Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Book Review: God-Shaped Hole

God-Shaped Hole
Media Type: Print Book
Title: God-Shaped Hole
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages: Paperback; 336
Release Date: May 1, 2002
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Genre: Contemporary Romance

HDB Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy stories that will tear their heart out.

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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.

I finished this book so quickly that I had to take a moment to sit down and read it again. It was even better the second time through.

Superficially it is a love story, but there is so much more than that underneath that is hidden. Once in a while I read a book that I can never read again, because it touched me so profoundly that reading it again is like rewinding over an old video tape. That first memory will be gone forever. This is one of those stories. Trixie and her relationship with Jacob will always be fresh in my mind. The purity mixed with the grittiness of their love for one another, it's hard to top.

It's a little hard to explain exactly what I mean. I'm sure this book will touch everyone differently. Some people may not find it a good read at all. What I loved was the way that this book flowed, and the way it relied so heavily on conversations. It is definitely one of my favorites from now on!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

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