God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

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“If your intentions are pure I’m seeking a friend for the end of the world…”

I absolutely adored this book! It was funny, poignant, endearing, heartbreaking and relatable. It truly is an ode to J.D. Salinger in the best way possible.

The author seamlessly blends the influence of singer Jeff Buckley’s album, Grace, throughout the novel. I have listened to some of his music in the past but never knew much about him.

INTERESTING FACT: Jeff Buckley was born in California and died in Memphis, Tennessee.

Once you’ve finished reading this novel, I recommend reading about Jeff Buckley’s life and listening to Grace; it will give you an idea of where the author derived some of her influences.

Highlights of my favourite quotes from this novel:

“All my life I waited for someone who would say things like that to me. And for someone I didn’t feel alone in the presence of.”

“You can’t put life on pause and then catch up with it later when you have more energy to give. You have to play it all the way through to the end.”

I recommend this book to anyone seeking a friend for the end of the world. I won’t soon forget Trixie and Jacob.