"If Holden Caulfield were a twenty-seven-year-old woman living in LA, this is the book he'd write, or read. It's very fast and very funny, and at its core it's that rarest of things - a truly convincing love story." — Dave Eggers
"God-Shaped Hole will change you as a reader, writer and human. It is rare books like this one that remind me why I fell in love with the written...more
That's my interpretation.
I like the symbolics of it and …moreI'm guessing she named it God-Shaped Hole, and the novel we read is in fact Trixie's journal.
That's my interpretation.
I like the symbolics of it and the fact that Trixie has a lot more in her life to happen, we only got to see a small portion of it. How many more journals will she fill in...(less)
What can I say about this book? It kept me up all night reading. It made me think. It made me re-evaluate my own life. It moved me. It destroyed me.
Beatrix (Trixie) and Jacob meet by an ad. It’s silly. Jacob put it in the paper, just because... and Trixie answered.
If your intentions are pureSome people are just meant to meet. Meant to know each other, be in each others lives. Thats how it is with Jacob Grace and Tri ...more
I’m seeking a friend
For the end
Of the world.
“You wanna know how to make God laugh?. Tell him your plans”
Yes, I know. I usually write in Spanish but guess what? I am making this entry public. Why, you ask? Well, I want to review a book and this one felt so personal that I wanted to tell you how I feel after reading it.
This book… Nope, not this book. This author… OMG, holly hell this author!!! She’ll make you change your life, she’ll make you believe this life is worth it, she’ll make you FEEL. How important is that? How many ...more
"(…) I think we are God. We all have that inside of us. And I believe we go on after we've turned to dust. Our souls, I mean."
"A search. We're all searching for something to fill up what I like to call that big God-shaped hole in our souls. Some people use alcohol, or sex, or their children, or food, or money, or music, or heroin. A lot of people even use the concept of God itself. (…)"
I have decided to not review God-Shaped Ho ...more
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.
This is the sort of book that you just need to read, without knowing too much about it. I have read this author's other book and really liked it but this one has a different feel to it.
Trixie," he said. "Do you mind if I call you Trixie?"
Most bo ...more
took it's sweet time to really get started but once it did this story was hard to let go. Beatrice and Jacob were not perfect but they were perfect for each other. Came close to break off but soon realized that it's foolish to hurt the person you love because it makes you more sad and feel worse.
A bittersweet love story.
If your intentions are pure, I'm seeking a friend for the end of the world.
Tiffanie DeBartolo - her words slay me. This wasn't quite as good as her other book How to Kill a Rock Star, but I still can't believe this was her first novel. For a first effort, it was quite impressive. Hell, I can't believe more people haven't read her work. There is something about the way this woman puts words together which makes my brain hurt, but in a good way. We move from ...more
Bloody sensational. If I can find the words, review will follow...
5 SOLID STARS ★★★★★
“Just knowing you exist changed the world for me.”
How to review this amazing book? Well, I guess I will start off by saying that it will probably be one of my favorite books of the year. I will also say that I felt just the same about Tiffanie DeBartolo’s other book, How to Kill a Rock Star. So, perhaps it’s just a connection I feel with he ...more
The warning signs were shining like G.D. beacons that I would not enjoy God-Shaped Hole.
#1 – The blurb by Dave Eggers told me to expect a main character who was a 27-year old female Holden Caulfield. There are two types of people in this world – those who love Holden Caulfield and those who hate him. I DESPISE HOLDEN CAULFIELD.
#2 – The blurb was by DAVE EGGERS. YUCK.
#3 – The foreward claimed the inspiration for this story came from J ...more
DON'T read this book...or do...yes do...it's soooo good!
Ok rant over...here's the review:
Beatrice is tired of the same ol' same ol' dating scene so when she sees an ad that says:
"If you're intentions are pure
I'm seeking a friend
for the end
of the world."
Well, her interests are peaked and she just can't resist answering it. That's how she meets Jacob Grace.
No news flash that I love emotional books but this book killed me just ...more
"Annihilation starts from the inside out."
Yeah, no shit Sherlock.
I could give this book 4 stars for taking me to the summit of Mt Everest. I should give it 1 star for then stabbing me in the heart with an ice axe.
But I give it 5. Because.... I have to.
Jesus H Roosevelt Christ.....
"You want to know how to make God laugh? Tell him your plans."
Where to even begin?
I feel like I have so much to say but can't get it out in a coherent sentence.
When I read a book (and decide to review it) I usually have a process I go through. As I go through the story, I have a sort of... outline in my head of what I want to say. So my reviews are usually a reflection of what I thought and felt throughout the whole entire book, while I was 'in the moment.' With God-Shaped Hole, I ...more
And so Go ...more
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: First Person – Female
"If your intentions are pure I'm seeking a friend for the end of the world."
Beatrice aka "Trixie" Jordan was a free spirit kind of person; an artist at heart. She occupied her time making and designing her own jewelry and she made it from the heart. They were precious to her. Her talent was well known and very fast her business bloom big time. Trixie loved music and wasn't the type of person that could deal with peop ...more
"God is a concept by which we measure our pain"
-'God', John Lennon
Tiffanie DeBartolo wrote 2 books, and if any of your friends recommend either this or How to Kill A Rock Star, take it as a compliment. Because TDB's books are those that won't coddle you with puff pastry dialogue or feed you saccharine lines and emotional scenes that you would squee over on your updates with a Zooey Deschanel gif (something I'm guilty of once in a while, surely). When someone recommends you a book o ...more
"Sometimes the most consequential moments in my life originate from a state of completely witless human auto-pilot."
Jacob places this personal add at the newspaper where he works:
Beatrice answers his add on whim...
It's fate bringing these two Siamese soul lovers together and what a couple they are.
"I feel like we grew in the same womb or something. Like we've been connected from the beginning by blood and veins. Siamese soul lovers..."
Beatrice, the narra ...more
Oh hell how do I review a book like this?? I simply don't per-se I'm going give you my thoughts but honestly you need to read this with no assumptions of what its about just ignore what everyone's said and READ IT!! this is good stuff.
Jacob puts an ad in the paper
And Trixie reply's
"here's the thing," Jacob continued, "I feel like we grew in the same womb or something. Like we've been connected from the beginning by blood and veins. Siamese soul lovers. If...more
I’m in awe on how truly gifted of a writer Tiffanie DeBartolo actually is. How to Kill a Rock Star is one of my all-time favorite reads but, I was apprehensive about the synopsis for this story. I knew the writing would be too wonderful to skip any story put out by this author so I jumped in.
”When I was twelve, a fortune teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone. ”
Even though the synopsis threatened soul mate separation, I knew the journey would ...more
I read God-Shaped Hole a few days ago and been thinking about it non-stop, to the point of obsession. Tiffanie DeBartolo rocked my world with this amazing novel, and there's nothing I can say in my review that can make justice of how magical this book was.
This is the most special love story I ever had the honor of reading Trixie and Jacob capture my heart and they will live there forever!!
If your intentions are pure,
I'm seeking a friend
for the end ...more
This is what my copy of God Shaped Hole looks like.
Please overlook the fact that I've physically highlighted the book. I know it's a sacrilegious act for some. My constant use of e-readers with their highlighting, bookmarking and note-jotting capabilities is to blame. I would have had swirly notes of my thoughts all over the pages had I not planned to lend this book but I figured, it's too good not to share. Anyway, the point of that ...more
"When I was twelve, a fortune-teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone..."
Now when a book starts off this way you know you are in for it....But what will happen? The suspense! Agh!! I love it when a book moves/affects me and this one certainly did. I felt their love, joy, pain...
The book begins when Trixie answers a personal ad that Jacob placed in the newspaper.
They meet up and really hit it off rather ...more
And... that is how the story of Beatrice & Jacob begins. On a whim, Beatrice, for a reason she herself can't even understand, decides to respond to a personal ad. "If your intentions are pure I am seeking a friend for the end of the world."
Beatrice, or "Trixie" as Jacob affectionately calls her, is the voice of this story. She is sick of the LA lifestyle and is always let down ...more
First, we meet two fabulously unique characters, Jacob Grace (loved him) and Beatrice "Trixie" Jordan. They are quirky and different and you never doubt these two are meant to be together. And, except for one hiccup in their time together, neither ...more
‘…memories are the patches that make up the quilt of our emotions. A beautiful way to put it, but wrong. If that were true, then memories would blanket us, they would keep us warm. My memories were chilling me to the bone.’
Oh our hearts. We are wrecked! Wrecked we tell you. We’ve recently overhauled our blog and in doing so, discovered we had never reviewed God Shaped Hole. This is one of our favourite books, and we couldn’t do it justice without once again experiencing the provocative words of ...more
I loved that Trixie and Jacob met in such a quirky and unique way and had such a strong "siamese soul lovers" connection right from the start. The whole book was deep and heartfelt and it even made me assess my own life. I was heartbroken over the ending, ...more
Clearly, I am cold, unfeeling fish. This to me, was 90% of fairly boring relationship (I’ve no idea how I kept going, other than it became a challenge I wanted to win), then 10% of stupid outcome that I kind of expected. I felt nothing, I didn’t hurt and I hated the speedy wrap-up. I did like the writing style.
I’m glad it’s done and hopefully I’ll never have to think about this book again.
“Don't waste your time with fear.. Fear won't keep you safe from being hurt.”
This book blew my mind. I am not even sure how to express how much this book tore me apart. It fucked my world up let me put it like that. I loved the authors book, How to Kill a Rock Star. I knew starting this book that I should not take this story likely. I knew what would happen. It was just a given. It is read out and expressed to you many times through out the book. How could I not, NOT want to read it ...more
“It seemed cruelly unfair to me, even then, how fast your life can change before you have an opportunity to rethink your choices. We should get second chances on the big stuff. We should come equipped with erasers attached to the tops of our heads. Like pencils. We should be able to flip over and scribble away mistakes, at least once or twice during the duration of our existence, especially in matters of life and death.” ...more
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Tiffanie is the founder and CEO of San Francisco Bay Area record label Bright Antenna, wh ...more