Emily Henry - The Love That Split The WorldExpected publication: January 26, 2016 by Razorbill
Genres: Contemporary, 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.
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.
About the Author:Emily Henry is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. She tweets @EmilyHenryWrite.
~Emily Henry is a queen. Pass it on.
Let's talk about the gorgeousness of the cover first. Is it not gorgeous or is not gorgeous?!?!
But for real, I can talk about that rainbow maelstrom beauty for hours and a review would surely never exist, but let's get to why we're here, yeah? ;)
For most of her life, Natalie Cleary has been visited by her grandmother, who brings with her gorgeous stories regarding Natalie's heritage. But after a three-year disappearance, Grandmother returns and eerily informs Natalie she has to save "him" without exactly clarifying who he is. Given the revelation, Natalie is fearful.
At first, Natalie assumes her ex-boyfriend, Matt. Surprisingly, they've remained on good terms. She tells her best friend, Megan, about everything, including her grandmother's vivid stories and Megan never questions her.
Natalie is also Native-American, and lately, I've complained in a few other reviews about the ethnicities of other characters being blatantly thrown aside and unexplored, but Natalie's heritage and history are both explored gorgeously.
When she was a wee baby bean, Natalie was adopted. Her parents, who were desperate for a child, and her birth mother who was unfortunately lacking financial support, made the life-changing decision. Soon after, her parents had twins and she came to the realization, she looks absolutely nothing like her biological family. Neighbors start questioning her birthright. A local boy makes a terrible comment. The world is a horrid place.
And while at a high school football game, everyone disappears from the stands and the only one who remains is a boy named Beau Wilkes. Beau's appearances are recurring as are Natalie's hallucinations. Natalie finds Beau playing piano in an abandoned room. A door appears red instead of its usual green. Natalie finds herself standing in a field of buffalo instead of the town. She turns to Beau for solace.
Beau was not my favorite, honestly. I really did like his name, though. (LOL @ the sweet Gone With The Wind reference thrown in.) I hated how Natalie ran to Beau every time she thought her life had gone to shit. Also, Natalie said she was into dance, once upon a time, but she only tried to go back to it around him.
Don't get me wrong, I love love. YA is the only thing I can seriously read. Eat beer with cereal if it makes you happy, laugh till dawn, dance till dawn, but I hate to see love outright consume someone and Natalie outright couldn't live without Beau. She barely knew him and she was already accepting the fate handed to her. Like, no.
Though I loved Natalie and she's so excellent and soulful, I wanted so much more for her.
Can I saw how gorgeous the writing is, though? I think I've really overused the word "gorgeous" in this review but Emily Henry's debut has knocked 2016 out. It's so Disney. So fairytale. The diamond of all diamonds. Where is her next book? I need it ASAP. Please. With a million-trillion Oreo cookies on top. Thanks. ;)