The Page Turner: God-Shaped Hole

I first noticed these vibrant colors on the cover page as I was walking the isles of Books-A-Million. I read the back of the book then the foreword and knew that this was a book I absolutely had to read immediately.

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I first noticed these vibrant colors on the cover page as I was walking the isles of Books-A-Million. I read the back of the book then the foreword and knew that this was a book I absolutely had to read immediately.

Kortney Huggins, J1 Mentor and Student Life Editor

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The colors on the cover of this book caught my eye from the very beginning. While ‘judging a book by its cover’ may be a taboo, the cover is usually what I first look at when choosing new books to read.

Due to the cover and title, I thought that this was going to relate to religion in someway. At the time I picked up this book, I had started to become more interested in different religions and thought that this would be a good starting place. I could not have been more wrong.

God-Shaped Hole, a work of realistic fiction by Tiffanie DeBartolo, brought a whirlwind of emotions as I read. I am not going to lie, in the beginning, I had to force myself to read. That soon changed and by the third chapter, I instead had to force myself to put the book down.

The story follows two characters, Beatrice and Jacob, through what unfolds to be a short-lived but beautiful romance. Introduced by mutual friends, the two hit it off almost immediately and the next thing I know, these two characters are diving headfirst into a beautiful, blossoming, healthy relationship and dragging me along. Sadly, the relationship is unfairly cut short for reasons out of anyone’s control, which would become the reason for the book’s admittedly melodramatic title.

Throughout the story, there were many times I found myself sympathizing for Beatrice in ways I do not usually relate to in a character. Everything about her character was so honest and transparent that in moments, I truly forgot that this was only a story and that these were only characters in a book.

DeBartolo has a way of writing that I struggle to even begin to describe. The way she goes into each detail, from the setting to what was running through the characters mind, had me hooked and aching to read more. While I found the beginning bland, it was not poorly written in the slightest.

Not only did the book take me on an emotional rollercoaster, it provided the perfect songs for every twist and turn. This was the first book I have ever read that also came with a playlist so that alone earned a special place in my heart.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a love story, but I do not think that this book has earned a spot on my “Favorite books ever” list because I am not usually the biggest fan of somewhat cliche stories.

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