God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

god shaped holeFrom goodreads: 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.


WOW. Just WOW.  Clearly I can’t write a review with just one word but if I could…I think I would use the word WOW.  I’m at a loss for words; I was blown away by the writing, the characters, everything!  It’s poignant, incredibly heart wrenching and so beautiful.  While reading, I couldn’t help but re-evaluate my own life because that’s the kind of book this is, it’s thought provoking.  Why this book isn’t more popular is beyond me.

“Don’t waste your time with fear. Fear won’t keep you safe from being hurt.”

I didn’t read the blurb, didn’t care to because it was a recommendation from a book friend and embraced this story with an open mind and without any preconceived ideas.  Sometimes, the less I know about a book, the better I love the journey of the story.  There’s the element of surprise whether it’s because the writing is totally amazing, rich characters or the twists and turns of the plot.  When I read God-Shaped Hole I knew nothing and I fell in love with it almost immediately.  I loved this book so much I ordered the paperback version!

“We didn’t want to be presidents, or astronauts, or Bill Gates. We had pathetically simple dreams: to do meaningful work that we could be proud of, to be together, and to be happy. That certainly wasn’t too much to ask. Or was it?”

As I’ve already mentioned, the writing is stellar but it’s such a unique voice that you can’t help fall in love with Trixie, the heroine.  Everything she said made sense and I was able to connect with her on a very personal level.  It was as if Tiffanie DeBartolo took my own private thoughts and shared them in this story.  Clearly, that didn’t really happen but that’s how it felt to me and it felt real.

“I try to find meaning anywhere I can. It’s the only way I know how to validate my existence.”

This is a love story about Trixie and Jacob but it’s so much more than that because it’s all about finding purpose and what you do when you find it.  This story is about not letting your past or where you come from define you but it’s more about living in the moment and creating your own happiness.  Both Trixie and Jacob have a certain level of complexity that give them a tremendous amount of depth and you can feel every emotion they experience together or apart.

“We’re all searching for something to fill up what I like to call that big, God-shaped hole in our souls.”

Jacob Grace is a beautiful and quirky character.  He’s got issues like anyone else but he has so much soul that I kept thinking I would love to meet someone like him in real life.  He has a connection to Trixie and Trixie to him that is unlike anything I’ve read before and it moved me to tears.  And they have a plan and I loved that plan because it makes me want to have a plan too!

“Because Jacob’s not like that. He’s never been like that. He’s a damn fool and he wants the exact opposite of all that. He wants someone to obsess over, someone to possess his soul, and those are his corny words, by the way, not mine. It’s what he lives for. It’s what he thinks life’s all about.”

I could go on and on about this story but as always, I won’t.  Why ruin the fun?  If you trust me and I hope you do, know that this is a beautiful and heartbreaking story, one that you won’t soon forget.  It’s worth every penny! ;)






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