When The World Was Flat (And we were in love) – Ingrid Jonach

when-the-world-was-flatDéjà vu, from French, literally “already seen”, is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has been experienced in the past, whether it has actually happened or not.

Reading When the World Was Flat And We Were In Love was strongly reminiscent of another story of star-crossed lovers that you may be familiar with. A new student, an electric connection but for some unfathomable reason he wants nothing to do with the girl to whom he is unwillingly drawn.

  • WhenTheWorldWasFlat-144dpiTitle: When The World Was Flat
  • Author: Ingrid Jonach
  • ISBN13:  9781908844576
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Published: September 3rd 2013 by Strange Chemistry
  • Format: Audio-book
  • Genre/s: YA
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: C

Lillie’s world is forever changed when a new student arrives at her school, the feeling is not mutual. Tom is immediately claimed by the exclusive social elite of which Lillie and her closest friends are not welcome.

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.

As they begin to get to know each other Lillie begins to wonder if she has met Tom before when she starts to either hallucinate or “remember” things that she couldn’t possibly know.

When The World Was Flat was an ambitious story, perhaps too ambitious for a debut novel. The scientific component of the story at times read like an academic paper, statement, fact, statement, fact. While the story itself was interesting even engaging at times there was that illusory component missing, the dollop of grape jelly that is rumored to turn red sauce from ordinary into a culinary extravaganza. Regardless I am intrigued by the thought of what Ms. Jonach has in store for the future.

Ingrid JonachIngrid 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 Mooshi.


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