Book Review: The love that split the world

I’ve actually wanted to read The love that split the world since it came out earlier this year. It’s not my typical read but something drew me to the synopsis.

So when Kari and Kris recommended it as the book for this month I was game. Here are my thoughts:

the love that split the world

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 tell 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 roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

So, I liked it. I really liked it. Until it ended. Honestly I could stop my review there, but I wont. 

Ill be honest, I’m easily freaked out. I’m a wuss. So apparitions and time lapses and towns disappearing and weird shit freaks me out but I love that it was tastefully done in the book. I’ve also always been fascinated with Native American culture (in the Americas as a whole) and so I appreciated how the author dealt with the fact that Natalie was native American but raised by non-native Americans and I liked how the author integrated the two worlds to make Natalie, well Natalie. I really appreciated her character and the development throughout the novel.

I even liked the love story – cliche as it was. 

What really bugged me was the ending. I just couldn’t get with it at all. It actually made me quite uncomfortable. And…. ill leave you with that.

I recommend – it was well written and a good read. I just don’t recommend you go in expecting to love the end.

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