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.
O.O Ummmmm…yea…I got nothing! I was totally speechless when I finished The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry.
It took a minute for words to actually start to formulate back on my brain again. One minute I was all for this book. The next I was totally against the ending. I really don’t know how I feel about it. The more I think about it the more confused I get lol.
But I did come to the conclusion that this novel was beautifully written and I did love the concept of the story. It was full of Native American mythology. Which if you know me, you know that I love. I’m always intrigued by Native American anything. Their history, Legends or Folklore. You can believe that once I found out about this novel having Native American mythology, I jumped at the change to read it.
The best part for me in this novel was the Native American stories that Grandmother told to Natalie. I love how they each had a hidden secret and an answer to a question. Other than that the novel was a slow burning kind of way and a bit confusing. I can see why some people had problems with it.
Natalie and Beau relationship was pretty good. It was a bit insta-love feely type. But it kind of works for this story concept because it’s a time travel. To me time travel is where your soul mate is (if romantic genre). So, why wouldn’t you instantaneously have feelings? I don’t know, maybe it’s me or maybe I haven’t read enough of time travel to understand the concept. But I kind of like my view on it. I’m a romantic at heart and I just feel that. In time travel insta-love is ok in my book. You don’t have much time to spend. Yah know!
Now to least favorite part. To the part, where I’m probably the only one that DIDN’T GET IT! Through the whole book you are trying to figure out how to save the “One” You get clues, stories and everything in between. I was devoted throughout this whole book because I wanted to know WHO the ONE was. I mean, I had a clue who the “one” was but still I was in suspense and needed to know.
Well, mmmmmm in the end. Everything happened pretty fast.
Natalie tells Beau to wait for her at her friend’s house and after that EVERYTHING happened. Some major stuff was revealed. She knew what she had to do and went and did it before time ran out.
After that …. Everything changed. I didn’t know where she was. I had a gazillion of questions. Did she do it in time? Is she in her world? Or in another world? How many years had passed? If any at all!
I was hoping the ending would have been a little bit more detailed. It was kind of weird for me. I’m not sure I know exactly what happened. No, scratch that, I DON’T know happened. I’m still lost Haha.
But in the end it was still an interesting story. A bit confusing but that’s just me. I am happy that I read The Love That Split the World. I’m still interested in Emily Henry other works and will likely read her other work.
I am conflicted as to how I feel about this book. On one hand I thought it had beautiful writing with Native American stories. On the other hand the story just bored me to death. I really wanted to love this book with its pretty cover and everything, but I just couldn’t connect with Natalie and Beau. Maybe because it dragged for me, I lost the connection I usually have with characters, therefore I couldn’t fully enjoy it. The characters were bland, I felt no emotional connection with them, and the whole parallel worlds really confused me. I’m sad to say that I’m probably going to be the black sheep of this book.
However, there were a couple of things I did like that saved the book for me a little. I really loved the writing. It was magical and just flowed well together. I especially loved the Native American stories told by Grandmother. I’m not sure if they are actual stories told from Native Americans, or if they were made up for this book, but it was wonderful to see a change in Young Adult books. It made the story more interesting. I would love to read more books about Native American folklore because frankly, we need more diverse books out there. Also, despite my not having a connection with the characters, I really was rooting for Natalie and Beau to find a way to be together. Let’s face it, I’m a hopeless romantic and I have to have me a happily ever after type story. They clicked well together, and some of the scenes they had together were pretty smoking hot.
As I said before I’m probably the black sheep of the book, and could not love it as I hoped I would. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I would still recommend it to those that like romantic books, or those that like books about growing up and finding yourself. I am also interested to see if the author will have other books in the near future because the author’s writing is spectacular.
About the author
Emily Henry is full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.