This little book brought me so much joy! Its protagonists — all three of whom are awkward in the most endearing ways — tugged at my heart, made me laugh out loud, and serve as a great reminder that we’re all a little bit weird, and that’s okay.
I seem to be in the vast minority here, but I didn’t love this book. Alice Hoffman, author of magical realism gems like Practical Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, excels at weaving fantastical, enchanting tales. While The World That We Knew retains the elements Hoffman is known for, it fell flat for me and I found the narrative tedious in many respects.