God Shaped Hole (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 have some very strong, mixed feelings about this book. I’m not sure if it’s because I should reread it or if I just wasn’t in the right place but I just can’t put my finger on it.

The book has an amazing start and a spectacular middle but then I really wanted to put it down for a day or two. I didn’t. I read it. But I think the mood or something changed in the book and it just wasn’t for me anymore. I think it’s because I could see what was going to happen. It isn’t a bad book at all. I actually threw it across the room at the end. My husband said “didn’t end up like you wanted it?” NO. NO IT DIDNT.

First, Tiffanie’s writing is fantastic. I felt like the characters had the right mix of humor and tragedy. I was actually an emotional mess, thanks to the unpredictable twist at the end. (Or was it predictable? Idk I questioned it all the way through the book). I love all the moments that Beatrice and Jacob shared. It started out quickly and easily for them and then things just sort of settled nicely all together. I actually do not care for insta love. At all. It’s annoying and redundant. But I even found their fight in the middle of the story amusing. I love that they had the same shared passion and love for life. They kind of just grew on me.

Three stars is what I rated it and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I enjoyed the dynamics and the characters but my husband nailed it. It didn’t end the way that I wanted and my hopes and dreams were crushed but I won’t chalk this up as a bad read or a waste of time.


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