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.
Thank you to Penguin / Razorbill for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Emily Henry’s debut novel, The Love that Split the World, blew my mind with its brilliant protagonist and beautiful prose.
The Love that Split the World follows the story of Natalie Cleary, who has been seeing strange things, including an apparition of “Grandmother,” who tells Natalie “to save him.” Soon, Natalie meets Beau and has to figure out what Grandmother means and who Beau is.
Henry does a magnificent job in developing Natalie throughout the novel. Natalie is sassy and intelligent, funny and quite likeable as a character. She’s also a feminist, which made me
so freaking happy able to understand her as a person and connect with her as a character. To add on, Natalie’s character worked incredibly well with that of Beau’s; their chemistry was amazing! I was swooning the whole time over him and their relationship while reading this novel.
The only thing that took this away from being a five star novel for me was that towards the climax and the development of Natalie figuring out her situation, I became incredibly confused, and it was hard for me to understand what exactly was going on. Despite that, I fell head over heels for the novel’s poetic prose and beautiful language.
All in all, I highly recommend picking up this book when it releases January 26th! It’s a beautiful and poignant novel (that will
possibly probably make you cry) that is bound to lift you off your feet and split your world.
Have you read this novel? If so, did you enjoy it?