When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach
Publication date: September 3rd 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Number of pages: 312
Series: ? (hope so)
Source: From the publisher for an honest review via Netgalley.
Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.
But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.
When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.
An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.
Ok, when I first began this book I was like, there is absolutely no way my rating by the end of this book will be more than three stars. But look what is now? FOUR stars!
All I can say is, make sure to get to around the first 15% or so. It became evident to me within the first 3% how much I disliked the characters. The main character (Lillie) had the most immature friends I could imagine. I don’t mind it in small doses but it was a little too much. Then there was Tom who I couldn’t stand because he was so moody, and I really couldn’t understand him.
But enough of the bad stuff.
Do you know how cool the idea of dimensions is? If you don’t, let me tell you now: It’s cool. In this fantastic world created by Ingrid Jonach, there is no imagination, just memories of lives in past dimensions. Other versions of yourself can be bad versions of yourself. The sky is the limit.
I can’t write this review without complimenting the writing. It was so smooth and easy to read. In fact, quite a few points were very engrossing. The plot flow just ran smoothly. After, finishing, I am pretty sure I must have read the last sentence around five times. I was kind of like, what was that? Now I need the sequel because I am very, very curious. Curious is an understatement.
Usually, with review books, I tend to steer clear of reviews of the book until I am finished. But having gone from seeing nothing of this book to seeing it a LOT, I was very interested in reading this.
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Goodreads author bio:
Ingrid Jonach writes books for kids and teens. Her debut young adult novel When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is due out in September 2013 by global imprint Strange Chemistry.
She is also the author of the picture book A Lot of Things and the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan Australia.
Ingrid has worked as a journalist and public relations consultant, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing with Honors in Communications.
She lives down under — in Canberra, Australia — with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.