The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry
- stand-alone novel
- Read: April 3 – 5, 2017
- Rating: 4.5 stars
Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
First of all, that is probably on my top 3 of beautiful book covers. Just look at it!
The Love That Split The World warmed my heart, it made me hopeful. I was a little skeptical at first about the spirituality and some of the ideas present in this book but Natalie and Beau, and Natalie’s stories won me over.
I disliked the first person point of view in present tense at first, and it took me a bit to get used to but I really liked Emily Henry’s writing style. (I’m considering trying A Million Junes almost just because of it, though the plot seems a bit interesting.) I love that it’s very colorful and descriptive at times, though I think it failed when describing the buffalo field vision/flashback (for example).
I’m not sure Natalie – the main character – actually has that much development to be honest. I mean she comes to a few realizations about herself but does that change her behavior/attitude towards others? I’m not sure. She’s always felt out of place her whole life (because she’s a native american girl adopted by a white family) and the events that occur in the book seem to make her feel even more lost than she already is, though Beau acts as a sort of anchor for her and he’s just great for her, really.
The finale was very surprising and the kind of finale that you have to reread to get because it’s a bit abstract and slightly confusing but happy and satisfactory at the same time. (It’s a bit hard to explain.)
The Love That Split The World is a mix of contemporary and science fiction/magical realism that isn’t obvious at first but rather slowly pulls you in with its beautiful writing, great characters and interesting plot. I strongly recommend it!