The Love That Split The World Review

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Title: The Love That Spilt The World
Author: Emily Henry
First Published: Jan 26th 2016 (US) Feb 5th 2016 (AUS)
Publisher:  Razorbill (US) Penguin (AUS)


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.

My Thoughts

Love is giving the world away, and being loved is having the whole world to give

WOW! What a heart melting and moving novel. I feel so different coming out from it. Emily has written a novel that will forever cling to my heart and mind. I felt paralysed with emotion after finishing the book. Speechless. Utterly vulnerable but most of all loved.

The cast of characters were unbelievably so realistic and authentic. I’ve never read a book like The Love That Split The World, where the characters just felt ‘real’. Natalie was such a complex and ‘lost’ person, trying to find herself in what she described a place that didn’t feel like ‘home’. She wanted to know more about her real heritage and about her birth mother. Her story was soul crushing. Her journey was heart breaking. She is one strong female MC, to push through all she’s been through. Now Natalie’s best friend, Megan is one spectacular friend, her character had me giggling, had me missing her and I knew I could count on her. She radiated trust and love. If Megan is real, she is one special soul. Also in Nat’s friend group is Rachel, she was one hell of a girl. She made me laugh so much even at the worse of times. She is also another special soul with feisty and sass written all over her . Natalie’s friends reminded me of my own and that, I will always treasure.

Natalie’s family was a great bunch of people, her parents and twin siblings, Jack and Coco, were just incredible. The interactions with each character were unique and just beautiful. Sometimes humorous and just special and awkward. It was a true family scenario. Then there was Matt. I liked the guy then I hated him, then I loved him and just felt sorry for him. He was a misunderstood person hiding a secret and that practically destroyed me reading more about him.

In addition you have Alice. I LOVED ALICE. She was just a necessary character to help Natalie find her way. Alice told her the straight facts. Alice was also funny at times and just another, I guess, mother figure in the book. Lastly, you have the dreamy Beau Wilkes. The guy had a seriously desirable accent and personality. The way he carried himself, was ultimately how I became attached to Beau too. He was everything Natalie needed (and everything a girl wants in her partner, if I say so myself). “All I really want is to build a nice, big porch that gets used every day”is one of my favourite quotes out of many that I’ve highlighted. The guy knows what to say and when to say it. He’s hilarious and witty and also so protective.
I have never read a book with such a complex aspect on I guess I could call it ‘time traveling’ (without giving away huge spoilers) in the fantasy world or in the contemporary genre a matter fact. It was different, sometimes hard to grasp because of its uniqueness. But then again, the ‘time traveling’ aspect was weird and wonderful at the same time. Sometimes the flashes were hard to understand and overcome because they were ‘flashes’ and they were quick.

The Native American antidotes, stories, prophecies were extraordinary to read. I loved it when I heard grandmother tell another one. They were striking and full of lessons. (I’d like to quickly thank the elders/first nations who shared their stories/ whose stories feature in the novel. They were moving and thought provoking and just stunning).

“The Love That Spilt The World” had me going crazy when plot twists came out of nowhere (I was literally gawking and had to step back and just like think about life lol. Like, linking stories together had me all giddy and just waving my hands everywhere. At one stage I just went up to my sister and explained the connection Beau and Nat had and she looked at me with a blank face with a hint of “Are you okay”). I loved the chemistry and want and need between Natalie and Beau. They belonged together, always will. However, the time traveling parts were confusing sometimes and even the explanations from Alice was quite an information dump, but I read through it and I’m glad I did. The book flows and it consumes your mind, body and soul and you’ll never forgive yourself if you stop reading it.

Lastly, I’d just like to thank Emily who created this world and was able to publish it so many more people could experience the gift of Beau and Natalie’s story. I will never have the capacity to write down all the words to thank you and tell you how much I appreciate this book. (and this is your debut !!! what a wonderful way to make an entrance). I am honestly grateful for this book. I was moved by it. I can honestly also state that it has changed me. In a way that, I appreciate everything and everyone around me now (even more). That love should never be taken for granted and is more powerful than anyone and anything. It can change us. It can change the world and create a new one.


Oh and p.s. guys, you’ll need tissues, because, feels.

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