Book Review: The Love That Split The World

The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Razorbill, January 2015
Link: Amazon
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars


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 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.

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.

“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” 

-Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author


I do agree that Henry writes perfect sentences. A lot of them are quote worthy. I especially liked when Dr. Alice Chan explained a memory palace to Natalie:

”It’s a trick for remembering things. You build a house inside your mind. Whenever you want to store information, you focus on where you’re putting it. You keep things utterly organized, so you know where to find them.”

Reading this book, I have a better understanding of psychology, hypnopompic hallucinations, and hypnagogic hallucinations. Hypnopompic hallucinations are when you move forward in time. You’ll feel a pull in your abdomens like they’re rising upward. Hypnagogic hallucinations are when you move backward and you feel as if you’re falling.”Grandmother” is Natalie’s apparition and I find her to be really wise. She gives good advice.

I’m curious how Beau and Natalie fell in love with each other so quickly. I’m also curious how they can step into each other’s world and not get caught or have something go wrong. I don’t know how they can control being in and out of the worlds.



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