Here’s To: When The World Was Flat (And We Were In Love) by Ingrid Jonach

by Ingrid Jonach

GENRE: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi, Young Adult

PAGES: eBook, 254 pages

PUBLISHED: 1 January 2015 (First published 27 Aug 2013)

SOURCE: review copy received from the author

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.


When I look back later, I’ll wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. I like to think of it as BT and AT—Before Tom and After Tom.

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’d be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he’s 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’s been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that’s 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’s no way to make it flat again.

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 Ingrid-Jonach_Book_Web-415x300 Ingrid Jonach writes books for kids and teens. Her debut young adult novel When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is due out in September 2013 by global imprint Strange Chemistry.

She is also the author of the picture book A Lot of Things and the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan Australia. Ingrid has worked as a journalist and public relations consultant, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing with Honors in Communications.

She lives down under — in Canberra, Australia — with her husband Craig and their pug dog Moosh.

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I honestly have no idea where to start.

This book still hits me so hard.

This book still makes me question everything in life. About life. Just every single thing.


Okay. One, I love the cover. I mean, cover makeovers can be the worst that can happen to a book but this one!! (It matches ITBTWU and I love them both and I love the covers. SO MUCH.)

I’m done. This review is freaking hard to write.  

*Read first sentence*

The blurb was so vague I have no idea how to do this without spilling each and every precious bean. I mean, this book is insane. Insanely good, insanely sweet, and out-of-this-world(ly) heartbreaking.

Insane. Goodness gracious. The plot. The plot, the way the story flowed was insane. This entire book is insane. It will seriously drive you out of your mind and if it doesn’t, you read it the wrong way.

Insanely good. Holy ducklings. This book is unexplainable. Like, just really read it now. I mean, the characters. They are so unreal and real at the same time. I’ll be honest and tell you that I don’t remember every single thing about them but I remember falling for a super mysterious dude I should not be falling for and yelling at a girl who was just about to do a very stupid thing but found myself going along with her anyway. Also, almost everything was a set-up. Okay, this book is just insanely good, okay? Okay. Okay! Enough with the okays.

Insanely sweet. You know what, Ingrid has this style of writing that sets her far from others. I don’t know if it’s her books in general or if it’s literally the voice of her MCs. I can’t point it out and I’ll probably be able to reread this for three more times before I can point one thing out. There’s just something different. So quotable. Poetic, at times. Crazy normal at times. Just. You know, when the plot is this mad, the romance shouldn’t be a thing. It should be very bland and just another subcategory. But why is this book sweet and romantic and just my heart. What I’m trying to say is, when you’re falling in love, you don’t exactly know where going to. And sometimes, that secret s/he is trying to keep can kick your world out of its axis.

And love is never enough.

Because life is made up of much more stuff than just love.

And honestly speaking, love won’t solve everything.

Even if there’s a solution, it won’t be the same as it was before.

What’s in the past is something you can’t go back to.

The only way is forward.

So even though you feel like falling apart, all you can do is stand up and face it all.

Insanely heartbreaking. I don’t know why but both of Ingrid’s books have this kind of ending. The kind of ending that ruins your dreams, hopes, your whole life. The kind of ending that makes you want to throw everything and be hugged real tight while you cry your eyes out.

The ending is a hope. People walk out to make room for more to come. Whenever a door closes, a new one opens. And in one short sentence, this book is insane. By the end, you’ll be asking yourself: What is life? What is real and what is not? How am I supposed to know who I am? 

Think of just simply going on with your life when one day, you’ll find out that the life you’ve been living isn’t exactly yours and there are people that you don’t really know are after you and that the one theory you’ve known just as it is is the reason why your life will never be the same again.

A theory.

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