the love that split the world by emily henry
genre: YA, romance, sci-fi
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” At first, they’re just momentary glimpses—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a preschool 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.
Then there are the visits from the kind and 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.
i loved the concept of this story. it’s a different take on time-travel, which was super interesting, but it was also confusing and difficult to follow at times. i was constantly wondering why something happened. i feel like it could have been really interesting, but a lot of things weren’t explained well. i liked the stories told by grandmother. it’s interesting that they all actually have a meaning, and it was a nice addition to the story.
the characters, natalie and beau, were likable enough, and i didn’t think the narration was annoying at all. the romance was definitely very insta-lovey, but i liked that natalie herself admitted it. she realized that she barely knew him, but she still wanted to be with him. however, i found the “connection” they felt both cliché and unrealistic. over the course of the story, i did grow more attached to the characters. natalie has a really interesting backstory, and a few plot twists are revealed at the end, which i was surprised by. i wish there was more about beau and his life, since he remains somewhat mysterious throughout the book.
the ending was extremely unsatisfying. not only did the story feel very unresolved, but i also was very confused. to be honest, i have no idea how this book ended. the end of the book was narrated differently, told as a story, so i’m assuming it was symbolic of natalie? however, i still wish there was more of an explanation and a resolution.
overall, the premise of this book was really intriguing, but the execution wasn’t quite what i was hoping for.
have you read this? what did you think?