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A Hole in the World is a short young-adult fantasy novel by British author Sophie Robbins. Our protagonist, Bianca Western, is a teenager recently come home from a much-loathed stay at a girls' boarding school that ended in arson and expulsion. Reunited with her best friend Scotty and learning to enjoy the company of his friends Cory and Daisy, Bianca finds herself drawn to a mysterious hole in the middle of a stone wall she once entered as a child. Venturing once more into the hole to confront her childhood memories, Bianca finds herself the reluctant rescuer of Princess Alexandra of Calpaea, who is now entirely convinced that Bianca is her Prince Charming.
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Basically, it's a traditional fairy-tale about a prince, a princess and a kingdom whose fate will be determined by the power of their love — with a bit of a twist.

And it is adorable.

A Hole in the World is currently only available in Amazon Kindle format.


This book provides examples of the following tropes:

  • I Choose to Stay: All the main characters decide to stay in Calpaea at the end.
  • John Barrowman: His cover of "Uptown Girl" is Bianca and Alexandra's love song, and what finally snaps Alexandra out of Prince Michael's spell at the end.
  • Nice Hat: Alexandra has a pointy pink hat that's apparently impossible to knock off her head.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Bianca and Scotty.
  • Prince Charmless: Prince Michael.
  • Princess Classic: Oh yes, Alexandra is this.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Bianca and Alexandra, of course.
  • Time Skip: Two and a half years, halfway through the book.
  • Transparent Closet: Everyone seems to know Alexandra is a lesbian — even her parents.
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  • True Companions: Bianca, Alexandra, Scotty, Cory and Daisy.
  • True Love's Kiss: Well and truly given by Bianca at the end.
  • The Unfought: We never even see the evil sorceress.

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