Hi! Tonight I’ll be sharing my review for The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry. This is a (super late-ish) Sunday Street Team post that I’m thrilled to be able to do!
The Love That Split The World
by Emily Henry
Published: January 26th, 2016 (Razorbill)
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.
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.
The novel begins with Natalie seeing Grandmother for the last time. I was interested in knowing who Grandmother was and had suspicions on who it might be. I liked her part in the story, even though there’s little of it. Since Natalie was young, Grandmother told her old Native American stories. And of course all these stories come back to Natalie because Grandmother says it’s important for her to know them for when the time comes. Being partly Native American but not knowing much about my own background, I found the Native American parts to be fascinating. I loved that there was a Native American character in this story because from what I generally see, I never see that before, so that was awesome. There was a unique physiological aspect to the story which I found interesting and unique. I like how there was research shown in the story for how this plot was possible.
I thought both characters were well portrayed. The main characters were Natalie and Beau. Other characters were Matt, Natalie’s ex boyfriend, Rachel, one of Natalie’s friend and Megan, Natalie’s best friend. Then there’s of course the families of Natalie’s and Beau’s that do make a few regular appearances, mostly on Nat’s side.
Something I really enjoyed about Natalie is that she was adopted from a Caucasian family. Being native american, this always put her on the outside of things, in her family, with two siblings and her small Kentucky town. I loved learning more about this missing piece of Natalie. I would have liked just a bit more detail on that. There’s also trauma that Natalie is dealing with from when she was young that she’s tried to work through. Natalie was a really smart and determined character. She wanted to know who she was supposed to save and how and she wanted to find out the secrets of Grandmother as well as her birth mother.
Onto Beau, now, in the blurb, The Love That Split The World is compared to Friday Night Lights. Beau is definitely Tim Riggins esque with his family life, drinking and long hair. This made me automatically very interested in him. It was interesting to see how Beau’s life compared with Natalie’s as they were basically complete opposites in the homing situations and school wise.
It was really hard to get into The Love That Split The World because while I found it interesting, I thought it was a bit boring. This changed page 100 or so for me, so the book can be a little slow in the beginning, if you make it past that though, you’ll be reading a fantastic book. I loved the characters and the twist on the sci-fi plot that Emily Henry writes. The writing is really lyrical and poetic, which I loved. The ending of The Love That Split The World is one of my favorites, forevermore.