REVIEW: The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry

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“There’s nothing scarier than loving someone.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.
Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781595148506

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My rating:

It’s actually been quite some time since a book has really gotten to me, and Emily Henry’s absolutely stunning debut novel did exactly that. I wasn’t sure how I’d react to the whole magical realism aspect the novel has, but wow, Henry is just incredible with her words, her stories, her craft. I know authors don’t really have much say in their covers, but oh my god! That cover is absolutely beautiful.

The storyline was very unique and extremely captivating. If you remember my review of First and Then by Emma Mills, you’ll know that I’ve sort of fallen in love with Friday Night Lights-esque novels and this novel, while more Time Traveler’s Wife than Friday Night Lights it’s still an excellent story. And by the end of the book, I was full-out sobbing. The way Henry writes will leave you reeling with all of the feels.

Natalie is such an amazing protagonist. I was in awe of her from page one. She’s an Indian teen who was adopted when she was eleven days old and her voice is beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. The way she saw herself and saw life was incredibly unique and her story was such an awesome journey. And, of course, the love interest—the dreamy Beau Wilkes—was a wonderful addition to the plot. Beau was a southern gentleman with a knack for drinking and saying the right things. And trust me, you will be rooting for them the entire time. The scenes with Natalie and Beau were filled with an almost tangible chemistry. These two characters were beautifully written and I don’t want them to go away. Ever.

One of the more understated relationships in The Love That Split the World was the friendship between Natalie and her best friend Megan. And it was one of my favorite friendships ever in a book. They complemented each other so well and you saw each of them in each other. Their conversations were filled with wit and a humor that will leave your heart happy. I had to include Megan in this review because she was one of my favorite characters. I was probably as heartbroken as Natalie was when she leaves for Georgetown midway through the book. (That’s not really a spoiler, I don’t think. It mentions that Megan is going to Georgetown at the beginning of the book.)

The First Nations’ stories that are featured in this novel are most definitely up there in my favorite parts about this book. Throughout The Love That Split the World you will learn so much about life, and love and a lot of that is learned through The First Nations’ stories. And I was supremely happy to be educated in this way.

It’s such an experience to read this book and I really need you all to go pick it up as soon as possible. I’m not kidding. That ending will leave you reeling. For DAYS!!!!

Happy Reading!


The Cosmic Reader

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