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Hole in the Middle

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Morgan Stone was born with a hole in her middle: a perfectly smooth, sealed, fist-sized chunk of nothing near her belly button. After seventeen years of hiding behind lumpy sweaters and a smart mouth, she’s fed up with keeping her secret. On the dance floor one night, she decides to bare all.

At first she feels liberated . . . until a few online photos snowball into a media
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Soho Teen (first published July 5th 2017)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
A unique YA debut about a girl coming to terms with her hole in her middle, a literal hole that is, an insanely out of this world concept in my opinion. Morgan is the Hole Girl and funnily, there is another character in the person of Lump Boy, Howie who might just be the possible source of cure for the hole. That's quite hilarious, don't you think?

I just had a little problem as the story moved forward. Down the middle, it became a bit slow and repetitive. I was a bit frustrated with a lot of Mo
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A delightful, witty, contemporary with rich characters and a beautiful message. I adored 'Hole in the Middle', it was refreshing and a reminded me what excellent writing sounds like!
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

Thank you Soho Teen for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
ARC given through The Nerd Daily.

“It’s weird how much time you spent hiding, when all you really wanted was to be seen.”

I really wish I hadn’t started this book at the wrong time. I had a few things going on a few months ago, and I’m going to try and write the best review I possibly can.

Hole in the Middle caught my interest the moment I read the synopsis. It just seemed like a story that was going to be up
Amanda Searcy
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It has so many interesting things to say about body image, fame, and identity. The writing is gorgeous, and I loved going on this ride with Morgan!
Laura Jean

This book really resonated with me. As a woman with a very visible disability (One of my eyes is obviously smaller than the other. It never developed properly. It has a silver sheen on the cornea and it follows my dominant eye around like an annoying socially awkward younger sibling) the protagonist's issues with her "medical anomaly" were familiar and at the same time very different. I too eventually had to learn to accept my situation, but since in my case it was as clear as
Blake Messer
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
if you only read one book ever again in your life, make it this one
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. It does everything it sets out to do -- growing real characters out of a surreal situation without becoming overly metaphoric or sappy. Morgan Stone's fluctuating insecurity about her body is painfully realistic, which makes the moments when she accepts (and even celebrates) herself even more poignant. The humor is always spot-on and often unexpected (I laughed all the way through Morgan's discovery of the fan fiction about her and Howie). I highly recommend this book, especi ...more
Emily Cataneo
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kendra Fortmeyer's glorious debut novel is an insightful, entertaining, beautifully written, and incisive examination of teenagers and their often-complex relationships with their bodies. The book tells the story of 17-year-old Morgan Stone, who was born with a hole through the middle of her stomach. She's spent her whole life hiding it from everyone but her mother, her best friend, and doctors, but her last year of high school, she decides she's had enough, and comes out to the world. The story ...more
Meredith Thompson
UPDATE 1: I hated Morgan and almost everything she did. This book was so meh for me I didn't even want to get past the 20% mark.

Review to come

UPDATE 2: Morgan Stone was born with a hole in her middle. A perfect, smooth, sealed, fist-shaped hole near her belly button that no one but her mom, best friend Caro, and doctor know about. After seventeen years of hiding it from the world, Morgan has decided it's time to show the world her secret.
But not everyone takes it the right way. The internet b
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a stunning debut novel. It combines gorgeous, whip-smart writing; interesting explorations into themes of identity, belonging and otherness, feminism, friendship and love; and a completely original, unpredictable story. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Natalka Burian
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - it was so moving and beautiful. The protagonist, Morgan, brings us into her strange and evolving world with grace and humor. She's such a compelling character that it's hard to leave her story. This is one of those books that you'll stay up way too late reading.
Gretchen Alice
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read this deeply striking novel from Kendra Fortmeyer*, it will challenge your notions of body acceptance, make you wonder at the attention we give strangers on the internet, and also make you laugh a hole lot. (That typo is on purpose. I am a terrible person.) Morgan Stone's tiny little secret is about the size of a piece of fruit. She has a hole in her torso that has baffled doctors for many years. Her dad left because of it and her famous workout mom has encouraged Morgan to keep it un ...more
Tabitha Blankenbiller
Kendra Fortmeyer’s “Hole in the Middle” is love-at-first-sight with an engaging, unblinking voice that echoes the sensitive teenager that curls up and continues to live inside all of us. She weaves a fantastical story of a girl born with a curious defect—a hole right through her middle—into a relatable story of the horrors and curiosities of growing up without knowing who you are or what you’re meant to become, and in the process reinvents the coming-of-age novel for a post-millennial audience t ...more
Kelly Garrett
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hole In The Middle is such a lovely novel. Bit wacky, whole-heartedly feminist, and a great exploration of identity.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hole in the Middle is the perfect YA read—Fortmeyer combines snappy storytelling with gorgeous writing, so that I found myself torn between turning the pages as fast as I could and slowing down to savor each sentence. Morgan is a perfectly imperfect protagonist, surrounded by a rich and appealing cast of strong female characters. And of course, there's a boy, a delightful, surprising, challenging boy who kept me on my toes until the final chapter! Throughout, we get humor, wit, and fast-paced di ...more
Bea Turvey
Mirrors - that is the word to describe this book. Not literal mirrors, but Morgan, our 'holey' heroine has a life and personality that is missing an awful lot. I shan't go into too many details (or about the other mirror that reflects a life that is far fuller) about the mirror(s) as you will notice them for yourself, I'm sure.

I was confused at the beginning because this is a schoolgirl who lives in a flat with her best friend - their parents let them. We aren't told too much about this.

I didn'
Wray Bowling
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not supposed to say much about the early draft that I was able to read, but I will say that Kendra nailed a good flow, wrote great jokes, and used sentence structures that made me smile. I'm a hard sell to read much of anything, but Hole in the Middle is also just a spectacular concept. I'm looking forward to reading the final version, and you should too.
Meg Gee
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully surprising YA tale with references I actually understood: Destiny's Children!
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the book I thought it was, but still really enjoyed it.

I thought this book was going to be about body positivity and the impact social media has on a person and their opinions about their bodies. It only touched on that very briefly. The story turned more medical and when a boy with an almost identical deformity comes into the story, I rolled my eyes. However, it became a loving relationship with respect and honesty and I really enjoyed reading it.

I liked different elements too of how she co
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great YA novel that is, throughout, both funny & serious. Morgan is a girl who was born with a hole in her middle - you can literally see through her body to the other side of the room. Her parents tried to keep it a secret, and her father left when he could no longer cope with her imperfect body. So Morgan is damaged when we meet her, in more ways than one, and the book is a brilliant exploration of the sense of self, body loathing/body acceptance, familial relationships, frien ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Speaking for myself, this Old Adult fell so deeply into the touching and relatable story, I forgot I wasn't YA anymore. Highly recommend this work for anyone who's ever felt different a day in their lives, which is to say, literally everyone. Young or old, we all have so much to learn about embracing what makes us each unique and loving every bit of our selves. We could also learn to have a lot more fun. This book helps on both counts.
Heather Stewart
2.5 stars
Morgan Stone is born with a hole in the middle of her body – the size of a fist. Even more far-fetched for me, she is a senior in high school who shares her own apartment with her best friend – also a senior. This is for no apparent reason except her mom is rich and the author needed less parental supervision of Morgan. Of course, they have fake ID’s and it’s at the local night club where Morgan decides to show off her hole for the first time. This starts an internet sensation and news
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Hole in the Middle is a truly feminist look at celebrities and body image. Confronting with a girl who is anything but normal the world views her as something to be stared at but when she meets her perfect match she is confronted with the idea of if he really can make her whole or is that something she can only do for herself.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
v cute much recommend c:
Meg Eden
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, strong writing! As a magical realism addict, I had to read this book. The real and the surreal are seamed together perfectly. Morgan's hole is such a powerful reminder of how we all question our bodies. The way the world (especially the internet) responds to her hole is too real. A thrilling read I'd absolutely recommend!
Jul 01, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK Atom and netgalley for an ARC
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Ruth Silva
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A unique story concept with so much meaning behind it....I love it! The writing was brilliant, and the story was inspiring. This book will make you smile and possibly gasp out loud as I did.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Hole in the Middle' is a refreshing novel about all of us. It's been a long time since I read a book that reminded me what is really important in life. I wish I could read it when I was a teenage girl, when I felt different and wasn''t sure if I will ever belong anywhere. Morgan is a girl with a hole in her body (Hole Girl) who thanks to Howie (Lump Boy) discovers that everyone of us is living with a hole and sometimes it's that particular 'hole' that makes our lives special and worthwhile. Rea ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw Hole in the Middle on NetGalley I will have to admit I was very intrigued about it, and about Morgan, about the hole in her middle and what it is. Freaky books really do have the wow factor for me and I have to read them, just to see what it's about and how freaky the problem is.
As soon as I opened Hole in the Middle I was hooked, and honestly didn't take any notes until I was past the halfway point. The story and the weirdness aspect of it just sucked me in and I could not put
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was a Christmas gift and I really just couldn’t get into it. The main character drives me a little nuts- she has a bad attitude and is very dramatic. i felt like
She created so many of her own problems and then complained and took out her frustrations on other people too. Also so little actually happened in the story and I was so bored by a little over half way through. I think that overall the writing is fabulous and definitely draws you in, but I needed more plot. I also wasn’t nuts a
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Kendra Fortmeyer grew up in the lush woods of North Carolina, surrounded by piles of books. She got the idea for her magical realist YA debut novel, HOLE IN THE MIDDLE, after a mediocre date, and also after her left lung unexpectedly collapsed. On a related note, she would like you to know that your body is spectacular and if anyone tells you otherwise, you may kick them in the teeth. Future merma ...more

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