“And when you see those good things–and I promise you, there are so many good things–they’re going to be so much brighter for you than they are for other people, just like the abyss always seems deeper and bigger when you stare at it. If you stick it out, it’s all going to feel worth it in the end. Every moment you live, every darkness you face, they’ll all feel worth it when you’re staring light in the face.”
– Emily Henry, 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 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. – Goodreads
I received this book in my Owl Crate book box a few months ago, and have been waiting for the time to read it. This book as part fantasy, part supernatural, part romance, doesn’t fit neatly into one category of book, and the overarching themes of love and sacrifice (without being too sad) give this book a little more depth than your usual YA read.
I liked Natalie because she’s a protagonist who struggles with who she is and her place in the world, not just as a teenage girl, but as a Native American and an adopted child trying to find her place within her family, and her small town. All of the stories from the First Nations told by Grandmother play into Natalie’s past and her future. You start to dissect the details of those tales to figure out how they apply to the story. There are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and Emily Henry gives you that nudge that you sometimes need to realize it’s okay to change your dreams.
This is a book that I definitely recommend reading.
Have you read The Love That Split the World? What were your thoughts?
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