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The Love That Split the World Hardcover – January 26, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Natalie is a teenager on the cusp of growing up in this romantic/sci-fi story of love in a small town. Her adoptive parents believe that preparing to leave for college may be to blame for the recurrence of "visitations" they thought therapy had put an end to. However, when Natalie meets Beau, an attractive boy she's never seen before, she must rush to uncover the truth behind the visitations and her new ability to slide between two realities in order to save him. While the romance and sci-fi aspects will feel reminiscent of many other teen novels, an original plot and likable characters will win over readers. The author weaves in elements of Native American folktales that give the novel impressive depth for a debut effort. Complicated family relationships and complex coming-of-age emotions will offer young adults much to relate to. VERDICT A first purchase for YA collections looking for a nuanced romance.-Sunnie Scarpa, Wallingford Public Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Henry’s story captivates, both as a romance and as an imaginative rethinking of time and space. The relationship between Beau and Natalie sizzles while also reflecting the innocence of first love, and the unfolding mystery of their changing realities is enough to keep readers turning pages.... Henry delivers a story with depth, originality, and complexity." –Publishers Weekly
“This story pairs a gorgeous narrative with exceptional voice for a truly profound debut.” –Buzzfeed
“A time-bending suspense that’s contemplative and fresh, evocative and gripping.” –USA Today
“This time-traveling, magical, and beautifully written love story definitely deserves a spot on your bookshelf.” –Bustle
"An utterly gorgeous and touching tale of love, hope and sacrifice; this novel broke my heart and then stitched it back together just in time to break it all over again. You will emerge breathless, longing for even a glimpse of those rolling bluegrass hills of Kentucky, and completely certain of the possibility of young love. I know I did." –Leslye Walton, author of the award-winning novel The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
“The Love That Split the World is a YA game changer. Every scene sizzles with emotional intensity, and Emily Henry’s pitch-perfect sentences will echo in my head for a long time to come.” –Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100
"With aching first love, stunning world-building and a supporting cast that beg for their own books, The Love That Split the World has everything a story needs to turn me into an obsessed reader, begging for more. I am absolutely in love!" –Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
“The sweet, summertime mist of small-town Kentucky sets the perfect stage for this authentic, magical, and oh-so-swoony debut. An evocative exploration of first love, identity and the power of story! A must read.” –Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles and The Museum of Intangible Things
"A well-written piece of magic realism about the price we pay for daring to love, and the price we pay if we don’t." –Booklist
“It’s got all the ingredients of a riveting read, like time travel and a mythology twist.” –EW.com
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Somewhere between now and then, I got the email from Goodreads alerting me that the book was on sale for something like $1.99, so I downloaded it to my Kindle. After reading something heavy, I thought a good paranormal YA love story would be a nice change of pace, so I started it.
And it wasn’t what I expected. Not that that’s entirely a bad thing.
The story begins with Natalie receiving a late-night visit from “Grandmother”—perhaps a spiritual entity or an imaginary friend who tells her stories. Grandmother hadn’t visited in a long time, perhaps because earlier in her life, Natalie underwent some psychotherapy because of nightmares. But Grandmother is back with an ominous warning: Natalie has three months to save him, and she should seek Alice Chan for assistance.
This is a wonderful starting point. There are clear stakes (three months to save someone!), and a clear mystery (who’s the him that needs to be saved?)—maybe even more than one mystery (who’s Alice Chan, why is she important, and how does Natalie find her?)—so I wanted to keep reading.
It’s the last few days of senior year, so throughout the book, Natalie is also dealing with some of the same issues that all high-schoolers are dealing with, most particularly finding her identity. She lives in small-town Kentucky, but she’s heading off to New England to attend Brown University in the fall, partially to figure herself out beyond her small town. She has just broken up with her boyfriend of three years, the school’s football hero Matt Kincaid, so she’s trying to navigate life without being part of a couple. And her family—younger twin siblings Jack and Coco, and her parents—are white, and she’s Native American, adopted by them when she was younger, so she doesn’t completely know her full heritage.
Grandmother’s stories are tales from a variety of Native Nations, and they provide clues to the mystery Natalie is trying to solve. But then Natalie finds Alice Chan, a psychology professor at a nearby university, and a diagnosis of repressed trauma eventually uncovers theories of alternate universes and timelines. Concurrently, Natalie meets the hunky Beau Wilkes—perhaps the famed “band room ghost”—who has an uncanny ability to travel between universes and through time.
And here’s where the book doesn’t work as well for me. There’s a lot of telling in the book instead of showing; Grandmother tells these stories, Alice tells her theories. They’re interesting, but there are many passages of Natalie just listening and absorbing where not much else happens. Also, the juxtaposition of the nature and spirituality of Grandmother’s tales with Alice’s scientific explanations don’t mesh well, and it’s never fully explained why Beau—and ultimately Natalie—are able to do what they do. It’s not that I need an explanation, as I’m often willing to suspend my disbelief in a YA contemporary fantasy, but having so many possible explanations muddles the story a little.
Eventually, we learn which him needs to be saved, and it’s a doozy! I loved the revelation, and I really loved the revelation of who Grandmother is, but when Natalie learns what she would have to do (and why) to save him, I was shocked. And in retrospect, I’m disappointed.
The book is strongest when Natalie is on her journey to find her singular identity. She struggles to make a full break from Matt, sometimes getting pulled back to him, even when he does some terrible things. She struggles with her adoptive family’s tradition as she’s trying to solve the clues. She questions her decision to go to Brown, especially since she’s just met Beau and enters into an instalove relationship with him. All these aspects of the book and Natalie as a character are realized exceptionally well.
But the ending goes against all that. It’s not about finding oneself, and that’s why—despite the book’s strengths—I can’t rate this too high. This disparity splits the world of the book and my love for it, so The Love That Split the World receives THREE AND A HALF STARS.
This book seemed to carry a wonderful essence of warmth and, well, it was just great.
Even if the characters in the book don't have similar personalities/backgrounds to you, or even the same lifestyles, I think this book could find a place in any reader's heart.
1. There was such a variety of characters, you could at least relate to one. And have love-hate feelings towards another.
From the quiet but overly sweet dad, to the friend you would want to have, to the person you could never feel the same about, and, of course, the boy from heaven above- this book has them all! Even though the plot was amazing on its own, the characters definitely added a fullness and depth to The Love that Split the World.
I think, actually, that one thing that could summarize the beauty of this plot is the book cover itself. The image of the universe that sort of acts as a background on the cover symbolizes depth. Natalie's culture is perfectly represented and portrayed in the stories that Emily Henry wonderfully retold in the book, which surely adds to that. And the sky you see "splitting" through the universe visually describes how all the twists and turns in the story came together.
The ending of this story kind of drove me crazy. It was a bit unexpected, probably because I was sure that we'd get to hear how everything turned out (and not only see it represented in a metaphorical way).
3. The writing style.
When Grandmother told stories to Natalie, I felt as if I was there listening to them too. It reminded me of all the fantasy books I used to read and want to be in, you know? In other words, the writing was so perfect and comfortable and familiar, I guess, that it could've been from another world. (no pun intended.
Enough said. You know you liked him too.
Anyways, it was pretty cool how in the story he wasn't the one saving the day and stuff.
I don't have anything else to write about- since I read TLTSTW a month ago and forget things pretty easily haha. I hope you enjoyed my review!
Did you regret reading this book?
Not at all!
Would you read it again?
If you were a publishing agency reviewing this book, how would you describe it?
A book of its own which creates worlds of its own. Stunning.