The Love That Split the World
Author: Emily Henry
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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 preschool 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.
Then there are the visits 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.
First things first, Emily Henry’s writing is so good! It’s so lyrical and she knows how to captivate a reader. It was so easy to see the picture that she painted with her words. With that, I have to say that I’m glad that I read A Million Junes before this one.
Everything was going well until I got past the halfway point. The story started to drag and could have been shorter. I was also a bit over Natalie’s “woe is me” look on everything in her life.
“Your quest for self-awareness has resulted in crippling self-consciousness.”
She makes her adoption and the fact that she doesn’t really know who she is a crutch. No one is making things difficult for her except her. She refuses to tell people how she feels or even reach out to people that she cares about.
Some of the twists here shocked me and some of them I didn’t see coming. I did enjoy the way that the stories Grandmother told Natalie all had a spot in the story. Seeing the meaning behind them come alive was probably my favorite part of the book!
This review is all over the place. Basically, I loved the writing, but really not the main character or how long it was. Also, I wasn’t a fan of the ending.