I’m linking up with Kristen, Kari & Kay for the Literary Ladies Book Club and this month we read The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry. I hadn’t heard of the book prior to this, but a pretty cover always gets me and my love for YA was revived recently so I was excited to give it a try.
This book follows the story of Natalie Cleary through her last few weeks of high school and the summer before she goes off to college. She lives in a town called Union, Kentucky which definitely has the small town vibe. As Natalie plans to enjoy her last summer at home, strange things begin happening…she begins to see glimpses of a different world around her and then she gets a visit from “Grandmother”. An old woman, who Natalie sees as a God-like spirit that visited her many times growing up. Grandmother tells her stories of the beginning of the world, of love and of death. This time though, Grandmother, tells her cryptically “You have three months to save him.” Then Natalie meets Beau. And her world gets even stranger.
When I first started reading, the story reminded me of a less horrifying version of the Insidious movies but it quickly became it’s own. I was really invested in the story and didn’t want to put it down. I really like Natalie and even though she has a unique story and background, I felt like I related to her so much. I think that’s because it’s easy to relate to all the feelings she experiences that we all probably experienced the summer before college. It’s full of hope, possibility, fear, excitement and sadness all at the same time. All of these very real feelings are contrasted with the supernatural events going on in Natalie’s life.
I had a really hard time rating this one, because there were parts of the story that I really loved and other parts that were really frustrating so ultimately I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I loved Natalie, the uncovering of her past, her and Beau’s love story and the Native American folklore woven into the story. I did not like how complicated the logistics of the time-travel/different worlds phenomenon was. I got lost a few times. And I HATED the ending. I had so many questions, and not in a good way or there’s going to be a sequel way. In a “I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out what the heck was going on and still have no idea” way. I don’t mind if books end happy or sad but I need to know exactly what the outcome is. I don’t do well with leave it up to your own interpretation kinda stuff.
I would recommend this book if you don’t mind that kind of ending or if you’re a big fan of supernatural/sci-fi stories. It has some really good parts but I just couldn’t get past the disappointing ending.