Hole in the Middle by Kendra Fortmeyer

Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!

I received this novel as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


Morgan was born with a literal hole in her stomach…like you can see right through her. While she has gone through many treatments and surgeries, the doctors have no idea where it came from or how to get rid of it. The hole doesn’t hurt, or really keep Morgan from physically doing anything, even her organs have shifted to accommodate the hole. However, her fitness celeb mom has drilled into her head from a young age that she cannot ever show her hole off to anyone. Morgan doesn’t go swimming or wear tight clothing, to keep her secret. One night, Morgan is fed up and decides to wear a shirt that reveals her hole to a local club. She quickly becomes an internet sensation and people want to know everything about her. Through this publicity, a boy with his own physical anomaly seeks out Morgan, in hopes that they could be the cure for each other. Could this boy be Morgan’s perfect match and the way to being normal?


I am still in a weird place with this novel. I didn’t like Morgan and the story would almost have been better if it were true. However, it is an interesting commentary on society and the concept of beauty and normalcy. As I was reading, I wondered how those with physical disabilities would react to this novel and these characters. Certain aspects of the text made me cringe because I felt that it wasn’t being sensitive to the real-life counterparts. However, based on the other GoodReads reviews I have read, there doesn’t seem to be an issue. Therefore, this was a unique commentary on life.



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