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.
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Ingrid Jonach was raised in Australia by two artists and spent much of her childhood hiding under tables at art exhibitions, where she would nibble the complimentary cheese over a well-worn copy of The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
Her love of reading led to a love of writing. By the time she graduated from high school, Ingrid had decided she wanted to spend her days sitting around in her pyjamas, writing stories.
She graduated from university a few years later with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing with Honours. She then worked at the local newspaper, where she was able to live out her dream of writing stories for a living, but they never let her wear her pyjamas to work.
Ingrid currently lives in Canberra, Australia, but you can find her on her website (www.ingridjonach.com) or on Twitter (@IngridJonach). The author lives in New York, NY.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5/5 Stars An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself. This is by far the most unique book I have read in 2013. After rereading it, I still love the depth of it's plot and the main couple Tom and Lillie. It was probably the first parallel universe book I have read and rereading again now two years later has not changed my affection towards it. I don't read a lot of sci-fi and admittedly I have generally avoided it but this book made me regret that. This book does have the typical characteristics of a YA novel, a protagonist with low self-esteem who has been a subject of bullying and has an otherworldly love interest who's gorgeous and rich and only has eyes for her. Don't let this deter you from reading it it stands on it's own in plot and in emotion. Full Review: http://www.bookrambles.com/2013/07/when-world-was-flat-and-we-were-in-love.html
Disappointing on almost every level. Pretty much nothing about this book worked for me. It was a shame because the premise was interesting. Parallel dimensions? Dimension jumping? Soul mates? All good things that I like. The way said things were executed in this book? Not something I liked. To begin with, we have the characters. I’m not sure there was a character I liked in this book. I tried to like them, really I did. I’m not usually hard to please, but everyone in this book was either really boring, creepy, or obnoxious. Not to mention that they were very cookie cutter cardboard people. For example: Lillie: YA protagonist who is whiny and average (below average) and continues to be average and static with no character development whatsoever Sylv: Lillie’s disgustingly slutty best friend who is so disgustingly slutty I actually skipped her dialogue. Jo: Lillie’s “manly” (what?) other best friend who’s a nerd who is in love with their 50 year old English teacher. Melissa: Ex-best friend who has turned into Regina George except without Regina's sense of style and superior sassy dialogue. Tom: love interest, who is not interesting in the least, and even when his and Lillie’s unbelievable love began to blossom, I was still entirely bored with his cardboard personality. The love story between Lillie and Tom was boring. Tom pretty much acted like he hated Lillie for 60% of the book and then suddenly it was like “I Love You” and kissing ensued. And it wasn’t like, sexy unresolved tension hating. It was like, oh man, he really doesn’t want to be around you…and they didn’t talk at all. They had zero chemistry. There were no fiery confrontations. And then suddenly *BAM* we’re in make-out territory. AND THEN the “science” entered the playing field. Ok. I don’t claim to know anything about string theory or Einstein, but this was just too little too late. And Lillie just accepted everything Tom said and was like “oh I just love him so much”. The explanation was short, muddy, and confusing. I’m not saying it’s a breeze to write this kind of book. That’s why I stay away from dimensional jumping and time travel when I write anything, cause it’s freaking impossible to explain. But I wish it had been a little more incorporated into the plot. The first half of the book was this weird contemporary “Oh I hope the hot British boy notices me” story, and then the second half was like BAM SCI-FI INFO DUMP. If you’re looking for something that deals with time-travel and soul mates and parallel lives, you should check out Cristin Terrill’s All Our Yesterdays and Karen Amanda Hooper’s Grasping at Eternity. Review by Jessica @ Ramblings on Readings
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Angry Robot and Netgalley.) 16-year-old Lillie lives in a small town where a new boy at school is major news. So when Tom arrives she goes out of her way to dress nice for him, in hopes of finally getting a boyfriend. Tom doesn’t seem interested though, and Lillie is confused by dreams in which she is pregnant with his child. Why does Lillie feel like she has met Tom before? Are her dreams really memories? And what will it take for them to be together? This was an okay sci-fi romance, but that was as good as it got really. Lillie was an okay character, she seemed a fairly normal teenager who wanted a boyfriend and liked photography. I thought she was a good friend at times, and I felt sorry for the way the mean girls treated her. The storyline in this was okay, but at points certain things annoyed me. Certain things just seemed to be taken too far – like saying that every time someone made a choice, multiple worlds were created, and there were therefore infinite universes – sorry I just don’t buy it – it makes my head want to explode. Then we had the thing happen that really annoys me in paranormal books – 1 girl finds out she’s a witch, and suddenly so is 90% of the town’s populace – only this time we’re talking about sliders from alternate realities. If this really happened, how would the world keep functioning? Especially given that technology would not be the same in each place etc. again – makes my head want to explode. Plus – surely he is not just sliding between dimensions but travelling through time as well? Brain explosion. Anyway, the romance was alright, but in reality was barely there. Lillie spent as much time with this other boy as what she spent with Tom, and she spent a lot more time with her friends. This alternate-reality, multiple-time-spanning romance was not all that interesting, and I never got that heart-pounding feeling, or anything really. The ending was again okay. I was thankful that we weren’t left with a cliff-hanger, and the ending was fitting in a way, but in another way it was pretty poo for all involved really. So not a very satisfying ending really. Overall; an okay YA sci-fi romance, but not really anything special. 5.5 out of 10.
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.