Lillian and Circle

Circularity is Future

Young Adult - Romance
282 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2023
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Lilian and Circle: Circularity is Future by George Hohbach and Robin Palmer is a romantic fairy tale comedy that puts a new twist on the premise of identity switching. Circle is a sheltered alien princess from the planet of Maxilla. Lillian is a wild pop star from planet Earth. At some point when they encounter each other, Circle will want to pretend to be another person. As they switch places, both girls will never feel more themselves. But Lillia will grow sad as she realizes that many years of her life are spent living with misconceptions, and she comes to a realization that her family matters to her. Circle is betrothed to someone that she barely knows, but her journey of pretending to be someone will make her realize that the one she is about to marry is a prince who has a lot in common with her.

Identity switch plots have been done before, but what makes this story fascinating is that the switch involves an alien princess and a human pop star. George Hohbach and Robin Palmer give their plot a sound reason for the two protagonists to switch places--both are running away from their circumstances but end up embracing who they truly are. Hohbach and Palmer deliver scenes with more charm than you expect. This can be attributed to the main characters, where Circle has a seriousness and intent focus on the responsibility weighing on her shoulders, yet hopes to find an alternative for her lot. Lillia has an undercurrent of being a badass who is unapologetic for the mess she’s in, yet beneath the layer of her fame and trouble is a girl in need of help. You are always sure who is who, and that’s an additional strength of Lillian and Circle because you want to see how each of them effectively occupies the role that they pretend to be. Fans who love films like Freaky Friday, The Parent Trap, and Like Father Like Son will love this novel.

Grace Ruhara

Is it by luck or destiny that when Lill is on her way to the rehabilitation center, Circle arrives on Earth to replace her in her music career and life in general? Lilian and Circle by George Hohbach is a young adult novel filled with many exciting plot twists and romantic scenes that will leave you wanting more. It presents two identical girls, Lill and Circle. They are both from different backgrounds but share the same passion, singing. Circle is from Planet Maxilla. She is a princess but an unhappy one. She is bored with being at home and wants to do something exciting and fun. She then decides to travel to Planet Earth, where she luckily happens to be a lookalike of a famous and influential music artist and completely takes over her life and career. Lill, on the other side, has been struggling with bad memories from her past when she was young. She drinks to forget about the memories, but it's hurting her and her career as a singer. She then agrees to go to the rehabilitation center. How does she react when she finds out that someone has replaced her in the one place that gives her joy and comfort? What will become of her career?

Circle and Eco's conversations were very insightful and exciting to read. This made me curious to read more. Most of the conversations they had were about taking care of the environment. They talked about global warming, and Eco thoroughly explained to Madison what it was and its consequences. They even wrote songs about the circular economy and had tattoos about the procedure of making, using, reusing, remaking, and recycling. These depicted their passion for the environment. It also made me conscious of the environment and what I needed to do to conserve it. George Hohbach did an admirable job with Lilian and Circle. I recommend the novel to environmental enthusiasts who will appreciate the author's effort to create awareness about caring for the environment.