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When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)

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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
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Strange Chemistry (first published January 1st 2013)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 1.5, rounded down for the slut-shaming.

Writing science fiction based on actual science or physical theories is a tricky thing. More often than not, unless you have an absolutely rock-solid premise and your plot is firmly based on said scientific theories, plot holes will emerge, and ultimately the faulty premise on which the pseudo-scientific plot is based will come back to bite you firmly in the ass. Add that to extreme slut-shaming and you have the formula for a book I wish I ha
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When the Book fell Flat (and I was not in love) - A Review

I'm not someone who doles out one-star ratings so easily. I feel particularly bad in this case since the book is a debut that's yet to be released. But this was just... not good. NOTHING about this book worked for me. Not one tiny thing. The only reason I kept turning the pages was because I felt obligated, having got this through NetGalley and all.

When the World was Flat is not science fiction. It's a romance that tries to masquerade as
Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: aussie-nz

i knew that sooner or later the day would come where an aussie novel would not be able to meet my expectations. in this case it was sooner.

with when the world was flat, ingrid jonach safely ticked off everything in her checklist that makes the debut in a set of three (i assume). here we have a textbook example of a story that hit all the wrong notes and recycled the same old, same old in the ya-paranormal genre
☺ small town
☻ girl with 2 obligatory friends (one 'tramp', the other 'man-girl')
Stuti Rai
here be a story

an elephant in outer space, meeting aliens and having neighborly quarrels. such a reforming and evocative thought!

here be a spoiler

but this is not that story. this story is a flimsy rendition of what it could have been.

here be some characters
all defined by their stereotypes

~mc:well-meaning, tired of the world protagonist, constantly making snarky comments about her mother and best friend. her name is lillie.

~best friend 1: the fat, 'un-feminine', nerdy girl with responsibilities.
When the World Was Flat presents an intriguing premise but unfortunately the execution falls short of greatness. Multiverses are not new to YA lit; A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty and Parallel by Lauren Miller both deal with the concept in different ways. The novel follows interesting twists and plot threads but inexplicably abandons these twists and threads only to reintroduce them at a later point when the tension has fallen and the conflict is tangled.

Lillie could have been more of a sub
Tanja (Tanychy)
Interview with Ingird at Ja čitam, a ti? on August 19th!
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

There are some things that I'm really afraid of while reading books. One of my fears is that I'll get a book with great idea and then the whole story will start to remind me of some mainstream stories - like Harry Potter or lately Twilight. I had the same fears when I started this one, but luckily they disappeared soon.

Here is why. We start with high school here and of course there is a girl Lillie who
This is different from books like Twilight (and its ilk) in that it's science fiction instead of paranormal. So that's a good thing. But the romance/high school angle is pretty much the same. Unfortunately.

(Also, it's a myth that people used to think the Earth was flat.)

There's the same old he's-standoffish-because-he-loves-you angle, and of course there's the mean girl who wants to get with the love interest (but of course he sees right through her), and most of that stuff is similar to all tho
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
There are very few people who can tell me to go read a book without offering any further details and expect to be obeyed, and Ann Aguirre is definitely one of them. So when she told me to read this book because it made her feel all the feels, I didn’t hesitate for a split second – I ordered the hardcover that very same day. I knew in my heart she would never steer me wrong.

When the World Was Flat is one of those books that sneak up on you while you’re busy looking the other way. It starts with a
♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties
When the World was Flat (and I was NOT in love with this book)

For the sake of this review, let's start with the good points.

The cover is beautiful. It has this sense of inspiring mystery to it that just kind of leaves you wondering at the possibilities.

The characters seem realistic enough. In fact, if I were to be honest, Lillie's friends (note how I didn't mention Lillie herself? Will get back to this point) seem like the type of people I usually befriend. I do however have a few... things to
Christian Schoon
OK, this book rocks. Basically, 'cause I'm a sucker for a deftly crafted story where credible characters fall for each other in a finely built fictional world and the hero and heroine manage to strike skin-tingly-emotional-sparks off of each other as they pick apart the Theory of Everything. Don't think Albert Einstein's musings can pump a fusion-reactor-full of hot, seething goodness into a YA SF-ish romantic adventure story? Then you gotta read Ingrid Jonach's When the World Was Flat (And We W ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, requested
Lillie's life is relatively normal. She's a small town girl, with friends she's known forever, in a school where everyone knows everyone else's business. But her world comes crashing down when a new boy moves to town. He seems eerily familiar. Between this strange newcomer, horrible nightmares that she can't quite understand, and the return of a schoolmate who moved away years ago, the landscape quickly seems to be changing. Slowly she learns the truth behind her dreams and why Tom is so familia ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
This book started out fantastically. For the most part, I was able to forgive the heroine’s annoying quirks (until I couldn’t), and the book’s seemingly lack of desire to stand out. The author also tried to explain the dynamics in relatively simple terms. However, the deeper we delve into parallel universe and multiple dimensions, the more confused I’ve become. And just like that, the book fell apart like a leaning tower of Jenga blocks.

Will the real Lillie Hart please stand up?

Really unfortunat
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I was psyched to read this book. I mean, just say the title aloud and marvel at it. WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT (and we were in love). That's poetry. Through in the fact that it was standalone sci-fi and I was lining up to read it. But somewhere along the way, I fell out of love with this book.

I love that YA blurs genre lines and blends tropes together in new ways. But WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT is never quite convincing as a romance or as a work of science fiction. In the beginning, there's a nice sen
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was an amazingly different Young Adult book. Different in a very good way. It captivated me from the first chapter and didn’t disappoint throughout the book. Do not let the science fiction genre title on this book scare you away!

Lillie lives in a small town with her Mom and has a small group of friends. Over the last few months she’s been having nightmares that feel very real and terrifying. But she doesn’t mention these to anyone because it’s kind of weird when you’re 16 and talking about
Yikes. Interesting concept, but I found the execution of it to be very messy and one big jumble of confusion. However, this is not the biggest issue with this novel. What really got to me was the main character, Lillie and her Grundyist attitude towards one of her closest friends.

Mini review to come.
Kate (The Bookaholic Blurbs)
Full review over at The Bookaholic Blurbs!

When the World was Flat defies the norm and brilliantly showcases timeless love in a whole new level. Truly engaging, this book surely puts romance to the pedestal it deserves.

Thank you, Dianne of Oops, I Read a Book Again!, for lending me the copy!
Michael Underwood
It takes a while for the SFinal parts of this novel to show up, but once they do, it builds to a very strong character-driven conclusion. For fans of Sliders, Meet Joe Black, or a contemporary YA reader who is interested in expanding their horizons.
Cass -  Words on Paper
Mar 03, 2013 marked it as wishlist
Shelves: 2013-release
I rarely ever add books published by smaller houses*, but I think Strange Chemistry is getting some really interesting ones out. Mostly, the title of this book is fantastic.

* I do like Hot Key Books, but that's about all.
Amanda May Thai
1 star.
Dimension-hopping, my arse.

When I strongly dislike books such as these, I love reading the endorsements plastered over them.
”A thoroughly original dimension-hopping love story. The fusion of the dreamlike plot and the completely believable characters makes for an addictive read.”


How about:
“A dull, sudden romance that claims to transcend dimensions yet never taps into the vault of possibilities available with parallel dimensions. A basic formula plot almost completely comprised of deaths i
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)

You can find more of my reviews on my co-owned blog Boricuan Bookworms

ARC Physical Copy Provided by Publisher in Exchange of Review

Is there a way of getting over a book hangover? I don’t know if I’d like that remedy anyways, or to just drown in my own feels... I don’t cry in books, not usually. I might be sad, yeah, but not always enough to cry actual river of tears. In The Fault in Our Stars I cried like five tears at most, but felt extremely sad. In Mockingjay I only shed a tear. But in A
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A book with a romance challenged by time and physics.

Lillie can't seem to shake her reoccurring nightmares. She dreams over and over of being chased and killed by a mysterious figure in a mask. Why is she having these strange dreams? Her life has been uneventful up until this point. She lives in a small Nebraska town where nothing ever happens, until the new boy, Tom, shows up at school. Lillie is inexplicably drawn to him. Could Tom have the answers to her bad dreams and
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you so much to Caroline of Strange Chemistry for the review copy and for Ingrid Jonach for letting me join the blog tour! Still, receiving a review copy and being part of the tour did not affect my views of the novel.

Wow. I'm still breathing deeply as I just finished WTWWF. I'm having such a hard time reviewing this because you won't know how great it is until you've read it. Sure, I can say how much I love the characters and how compelling the nar
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Actual Rating: 5/5

I have started reading this book after being intrigued by it's title and synopsis. I was really curious about the plot and I am really glad that I did so!

Starting slowly, with the protagonist's simple life, I was a little unsure if I have made the right decision to begin reading this book but my doubts were nowhere to be found when the plot blew my mind off! The author's really brilliant and interesting ideas about parallel universes and other things that are based on Einstein
A copy of this novel was provided by Strange Chemistry via Net Galley.

Ingrid Jonach is a mastermind.

That’s the first thing that comes to mind after finishing When the World Was Flat last night. I mean, how does someone even come up with an idea as fantastical and crazy and amazing as this one? Only a mastermind could do it – hence the first statement at the beginning of this review. Jonach is a mastermind in her ability to weave this story. There’s simply no other way to put it.

From the moment I
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley
When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love), awesome title notwithstanding, I’m going with what tickled me pink in this one: that maybe in another dimension, another me would have liked it more:

Love fueled drama plus angsty almost giving up meets person X sliding from point A to point B made more convoluted with mentions of Einstein and parallel dimensions of left, right and center because of his Theory of Everything. And it all could have been so good too but here I think someone’s bitten of
Lalita Soumpta
Aug 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Inherited the ARC from a blogger friend who quit about half way through.

Should have taken the hint...

The problems in this book(and there are many) have already been pretty well stated by the other 1 and 2 star reviews so I won't beat the horse, but I will talk about the thing that irked me the most, the 1 dimensional characters that abound in this work. And you didn't even have to wonder what detention they each were because it was spelled out. There was the slut, the mean, girl, the cubby girl,
A Strange Chemistry novel. Science fiction and romance collide in a story that is gripping from the very first page.
Kate Ormand
A breathtaking story about a girl who dreams of death and a boy who wants to save her. Achingly beautiful.
Laura's Book Addiction
YA version pitched as Time Travelers Wife With Meet Joe Black. Hell yes!!!
Kayla De Leon
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A free paperback copy was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Caroline and Ingrid!

I’ve got a major book hangover. AS IN MAJOR. It’s such a hell of a tear-jerker and the worst part is, I read this book while I was in school. Everyone thought someone had died and someone did die but that person doesn’t exist in real life. How depressing.

When the World was Flat is a love story that occurs in parallel dimensions. Basically, parallel dimensions happen when you make a
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Ingrid Jonach writes books for kids and teens. Her debut young adult novel When the World was Flat (and we were in love) was released in September 2013 by global imprint Strange Chemistry and was later re-released as an ebook along with her latest YA novel In The Beginning There Was Us.

She is also the author of the picture book A Lot of Things and the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie go

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