Monday, July 4, 2016

Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry


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 Love That Split the World is one of those tough books that I'm not even going to try and rate right now. I'm scratching my head at the ending, still reeling while I somehow know it's perfect. Reading it takes a commitment because it's almost certain you won't know what the hell is happening, until you think you do only to be still completely clueless a few chapters later. It's confusing and a challenge, but if you stick with it the pay-off is great.

This story is one of those rare game-changing ones. The kind that is written so lovely, it makes you see and think and feel differently about all kinds of things, in ways you never thought to before.

It's also a big mystery the majority of the time you're reading it, and the only problem with stories like this is that we often try to puzzle them out before we even really begin. This is one that takes time and patience, yes, but more so curiosity and an interest to listen and experience it wholly. It's beautiful how when paying attention, things start to come together and fit like puzzle pieces waiting to be sorted, and you'll be blown away by the message Emily Henry translates through this one of a kind book. 

Truly a story that'll stay with you long after you've turned the last page.



Other books/movies it reminded me of while reading: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Butterfly Effect, Before I Fall.

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1 comment:

  1. This is a story that will definitely make a reader contemplate identity. More importantly, it makes you think about your own life choices and what paths those choices can lead to.

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