*Review* When the World was Flat (& we were in Love) – Ingrid Jonah

ingrid-website-side*4 out of 5 Stars* Read 8/12/2013. **AVAILABLE SEPT 3rd 2013**

Synopsis:- 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.


I received this ARC through NetGalley. I had requested it because I was intrigued by it’s synopsis. It didn’t disappoint, although there were times I was a little confused by some of the explanations about sliding in and out of differing dimensions, but that could be down to my complete lack of science smarts!

I have to say I fell in love with Lillie right from the get go, she was warm and funny and at times self effacing. I liked the flow of writing bringing in Deb, her mother (loved her to pieces) then onto her 2 friends Jo and Sylv. While I liked it’s slow build up to her coming face to face with Tom, the expansion of her nightmares and what they could mean, I was a little disappointed I couldn’t feel the chemistry between them until the night of the masquerade party. I wished we’d been able to see just a little more of what was going on in Tom’s head other than the closed, shut down almost rudeness without so much as a ‘conflicted pained look’ to explain why he was keeping her at a distance.
Loved the fact Melissa was one to hate, laughed out loud at the face slapping by Lillie then by Sylv. Once we got to the part Tom started to explain everything to her, that is where I became lost in ‘their story’ It was beautiful to read it unfold. It was like watching Romeo and Juliet guest staring in The Time Traveler’s Wife, and the ending had me undone. Completely and utterly.
This is not your usual love story of boy meets girl, girl falls in love with boy, boy does the same but is a complete jerk to girl until the last page when he tells her he loved her all along. This a beautiful, well thought out, wonderful story & I recommend it to anyone who love YA, with a side of science fiction. Awesome job Ingrid.

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