Review: The Love that Split the World


So this book was so good I literally read it in about 7 hours, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

It was unlike any YA book I’ve ever read before, because it dealt with subject matters I have and haven’t seen in extremely unique ways.


REVIEW: The Love that Split the World, Emily Henry
Published: 2016
Length: 389

Plot: Natalie sees “the wrong things” -sometimes her front door is the wrong color, other times there’s a mysterious figure she calls Grandmother at the foot of her bed, telling her stories. When Grandmother issues a mysterious plea that Natalie “has three months to save him,” her world truly turns upside down.

Most Memorable Line(s): “Beau’s mouth is the moon pulling the tide through my veins.”
>Just a really beautiful line. It creates such a powerful image, and so wonderfully encapsulates the feeling of deep, obsessive love.

What I liked: This book is powerful. Its language is strong, its plot is intriguing, and its characters are developed. To start, I love protagonist Natalie. She’s fantastic. Author Emily Henry did such an incredible job giving us a character who we can tell wants to be open but is insanely unsure of who she is and what her purpose is – in a way that so many high school graduates feel. But Natalie’s feelings of insecurity and uncertainty go beyond typical high school senior fashion – she’s adopted, and very much worries about whether or not she belongs. She also has the minor issue of hallucinations that confuse the bajesus out of her. But I love that Henry doesn’t make Natalie suffer alone; though her family might not necessarily believe or understand her, she’s got a friend who wholeheartedly does. And I think that’s so important. It shows that Megan, who believes differently than Nat, can understand, empathize, and support her friend. The idea of “two worlds” is so interesting as well; doesn’t everyone wonder what life would be if they weren’t around? The way that Henry brings Beau and Natalie together is wonderful. And I think one of the most important things is to highlight Matty’s transition to alcoholism. It’s not just Natalie, and it’s not just Beau. It’s in Matty’s DNA, whether his family wants to know that or not. It’s a message a lot of teens don’t understand but need to know. Just because you can stop doesn’t mean others can. Finally, let’s just talk about that love story. Beau and Natalie are so perfect for one another, especially since they’re the only two people who experience the two different Unions. But their love is so tragic – they each only exist in one world because of a car crash they were in together when they were young (in one Union, Nat survives, Beau the other). It’s heartbreaking, and Henry writes it with serious skill. The entire novel felt so surreal when I read it in the best way. I knew it couldn’t be possible but I believed it anyway. That Natalie and Beau only end up together truly after Nat sacrifices herself to create the Union where Beau exists? Well, at least I’m pretty sure that happened (more onthat below). But it was still such a MOMENT in the book that I loved and hated all at once.

What I didn’t like: At times, the in depth science got a little overwhelming. Alice’s character was really interesting, and I believe she added a lot to the story, but it got a little bogged down at the details sometimes. And while I loved the ending, I do wish it had been slightly less ambiguous? Did Nat actually die? She did, right? Me disliking the ambiguity may be just me refusing to accept the reality of it.

Grade: 8/10


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