Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

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The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry is a fascinating time travel book! With its original plot, perfect protagonist and crisp writing, this whirlwind of a story will leave you wanting more.

Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily HenryTitle: The Love that Split the World
Author: Emily Henry
Also by this author: People We Meet on Vacation
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Rating: four-stars

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.


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Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

❀ A Refreshing Time Travel Book

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.

❀ Lovable Main Character

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.

❀ Beautiful Writing

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.

❀ Unique

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry is a unique time travel book with a diverse and very brave main character. This fantasy 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.

Book Quotes: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

I don’t want to scare you, Grandmother said, but you need to be prepared for what’s coming.”

About Emily Henry

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Emily Henry is the author of The Love That Split the World and A Million Junes. She is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

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17 thoughts on “Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

  1. Alecia (@alecias14) says:

    I knew this was something special when I first read the blurb a month or so ago and immediately added it to my TBR! I’m so glad that my initial instinct seems to not be wrong and that so many people are favoring this book! I really cannot wait to read!

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    There are always a lot of books that i am looking forward to at any given time. But THIS book has been on my mind since the first time that I saw the cover. I honestly can’t wait for a chance to read this book. It just sounds like such an amazing story, and I think i would really love it!

  3. debk987 says:

    This book sounds absolutely incredible! I love time travel and romance stories so this is definitely going on my TBR list! I can’t wait for its release!!

  4. Susan T. says:

    You’re right that this is a unique way of writing about time-travel. I don’t think I’ve read anything in that genre that is just in one location! I’m super interested in checking it out!

  5. awriternamedcharley says:

    I’ve heard a lot about this book, but this is the first review I actually read start to finish! Absolutely love the matter-of-factness you bring into it instead of being flowery and overloaded with facts! Thank you! I am definitely hooked now! Especially with the Native American main character!

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