Published by Razorbill on January 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Science-fiction, Young Adult
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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. \r\n\r\nNatalie’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.\r\n\r\nThat’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.\r\n\r\nEmily 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.\r\n
“Love is giving the world away, and being loved is having the whole world to give.”
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry was the selection in February’s OwlCrate. I’m kind of obsessed with my book subscription boxes right now, so I was eager to dive right in to this one, especially since it was so much more my genre that the last one I received. Science fiction? Time travel? Paranormal? Yes, yes, yes! I immediately liked Natalie. She was smart (she was headed to Brown University), she was mature (she genuinely wanted to be friends with her ex), and she had realized that she didn’t care to try and fit in to everyone else’s expectations of what she should be. Mix this likable character with some paranormal happenings, Native American mythology, and boom – we are off and running with a great book! But hold the presses…here comes the insta-love! And not just any old insta-love, but the “talking about marriage after only a couple of months and oh yeah, we’re only 18” kind of insta-love. Sigh. I also wish the supporting characters would’ve been more interesting. Megan was the perfect BFF who understands and supports all of Natalie’s visions or travels or whatever we want to call them. But I never felt like I knew her personality enough to really get attached to her. Matt, the ex, became such a jerk throughout the book that it was (purposely) hard to root for him. As for Beau…well, it’s hard to resist a beautiful piano-playing man with a tortured past, but I still never really got attached to him, either. Through it all, I kept rooting for Natalie. But the closer that I got to the end of the book, the more I felt my interest slipping away. There was a twist that I thought was pretty obvious, and then there was the ending that I wasn’t crazy about. I felt like the last few chapters just felt mired down, instead of feeling urgent. It’s difficult to rate it, though, because it did have an excellent premise, and I really enjoyed parts of it. Some of the writing was downright beautiful. I so badly wanted to fall in love with this book, but it just didn’t happen. Still, I can’t help looking forward to what will be inside the March OwlCrate…third time’s a charm, right?
“Sometimes the most beautiful moments in our lives are things that hurt badly at the time. We only see them for what they really were when we stand at the very end and look back.”