Book Talk: God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”



Beatrice is a 29 year old living in Los Angeles where she makes high end jewelry and dates casually. She comes across a personal ad saying, ““If your intentions are pure I am seeking a friend for the end of the world”Β  and on a whim answers it — something she’s never done. This leads her to Jacob Grace — a 30-something free-spirited writer who is so full of life and passion. There’s a spark between the two that ignites a passionate romance between two people who have big ambitions and dreams that propel them forward away from the dads that have abandoned them.



Wow. It’s been a while since a book had me up reading until 2AM and then rendered me unable to fall asleep until 4am because I was just feeling a lot of feelings that wouldn’t shut off. Thanks Estelle and Ginger for this solid rec and I’m only sorry I didn’t listen sooner when you told me years ago!

I don’t want to say a lot about this book although from the official summary on the book you can get a sense of it. It was a love story that kind of took my breath away from its whirlwind nature to start and its ability to be this quiet, fly-on-the-wall view of two people who are just falling deeply and madly in love and how energizing and all consuming that is — the attraction and sex, the intimacy in revealing who you are through your history and your secrets and your every day habits. There is beauty in that unraveling of layers that comes when you start to really KNOW someone. It’s exhilarating even in the quiet and mundane of daily life as habits and routines in the relationship set in. It just felt so real and like romantic in the normalcy of it? Reminded me how there’s just something so magical and romantic in your own love story.

It’s a book you are pretty certain you know how it’s going to end from the first page pretty much (especially if you read the summary on the book) but it takes your breath away anyways and knocks you flat on your ass like you never saw it coming. Like get-out-of-your-bed-in-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning-to-go-cry-in-the-bathroom-so-your-husband-doesn’t-hear-your-wracking-sobs never saw it coming at the end. I had this mounting dread and tension as I read wondering whether or not what is dropped in front of your face in the beginning had any bearing on the story or how it could be interpreted.

It’s the kind of book that reminds you of the most exuberant and thrilling feelings you can feel in this life mingled with the most bone-crushing and soul-shattering ones we know we are destined to feel at some point in this life. The weight of all that honestly made me curl up in a ball and cry in bed. I didn’t know how I felt —Β  maybe contemplative, depressed, thankful, understood, small, distraught, in love with life? Other things I couldn’t put into words?

Β From a non-feels standpoint, I also really LOVED the writing and the voice. It felt refreshing and it was funny, too! I wish it hadn’t been the libraries copy because there were sooo many passages I just wanted to dog-ear.


factors+ writing, feels, characters, romances

Re-readability: Yes!
Would I buy a copy for my collection? Yes I want to dog-ear the crap out of it!

a8It’s a magnificent love story but it’s so much more. It’s about longing to be understood, loneliness, finding your path in life that fulfills you and the way we all go about filling up that void, or that “God-shaped hole”, inside us all that yearns for so many things. So many poignant things in this book. So many emotions felt. I will be thinking about this for a long time.



a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?



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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    You are welcome. Hahaha
    Seriously though, even through the tears I’m just happy you GET the book. I love Tiffanie, her words, her visions. It’s everything & more that I long for in literature. Welcome to her fan club! πŸ˜‰

  2. Wow. I might need to bump this book up in my queue after that review. Sounds amazing!

  3. Wow, Jamie – I feel like I’m missing out since I haven’t read this book! It’s been on my TBR and this author has been recommended to me multiple times, I just haven’t pulled the trigger. Now I’m regretting it big time! What a great review! I’m excited to read it now. πŸ™‚

    • Honestly it took me YEARS to read it after Ginger and Estelle rec’ed it to me!! I’m kicking myself!! Go read it!!

  4. Wow this sounds amazing! πŸ˜€

  5. Sounds like a pretty amazing read!! I have to ask though, as far as the “God-shaped hole” thing goes, does it actually have anything to do with God/religion?? I’d love to give this one a try but I find books with that kind of theme or undertone don’t work for me!

    • Not not at all!! Neither of the main characters are religious. You’ll see what they mean by the God-shaped Hole is when they have that convo! I had wondered that too when I first heard of this book!

  6. This is one of my favorite books and made me unable to pick up another one for days after finishing it. I kept turning back the pages to see if I really was finished. You MUST read How to Kill a Rockstar, too! Word came out last year that Tiffanie is working on another book, and I really hope that’s true because she has such a talent.

  7. Oh wow! I’ve heard Ginger and Estelle both mention this one before, but to read your review and to see how you felt definitely made me even MORE curious about this story. I’m going to put it on my consideration list, and hopefully, I like it as much as you do when I do check it out!

  8. Oh boy, this is one of my favorite books. Every time I re-read it I think ok I’m not gonna cry this time I know how the story goes….and I cry anyway. Glad you got the chance to experience it, and that I’m not the only one it affects that way. πŸ™‚