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Title: The Love That Split the World
Author: Emily Henry
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Not too sure if a time travel book is right for you? The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry will absolutely change your opinion on this genre! With its original plot, perfect protagonist and crisp writing, this whirlwind of a story will leave you wanting more.
The Love That Split the World has such an incredible concept! It is all about time travel. However, this book isn’t the typical time travel book where the characters travel the world and experience many different centuries. This novel focuses on one location and slowly brings in the element of time travel. This is such a refreshing way to incorporate travelling through time in a story.
Also, the main character, Natalie, in The Love That Split the World is so incredibly lovable. She is a very strong and doesn’t freak out too much over the fact that her whole world is changing. Another enjoyable aspect about Natalie is the fact that she is Native American. This is a real rarity in YA and I appreciate the diverse character that Henry has created. The cultural aspects in the book are so lovely and enlightening. For instance, Natalie’s grandmother’s stories of how the world was formed are so richly and wonderfully told. This was just such an interesting and unique piece in an already incredible book.
The writing in The Love That Split the World is just so beautiful! Emily Henry describes time travel in a way that seems very logical to the reader. As Natalie begins realizing what is happening, more concepts are explained. Henry leaves no blanks and does not leave her readers questioning. It is incredible how Emily Henry is able to explain such a complicated idea so well that it makes perfect sense. This is what sets this book apart from so many others. Sometimes when reading about time travel, it is difficult to piece things together and with this book things just seem to flow.
The Love That Split the World is a unique time travel book with a diverse and very brave main character. This book is so well-written and filled with perfect explanations that help the reader understand exactly what is going on. Even those who aren’t fans of time travel will undoubtedly appreciate this book as it is so original and eloquent.