Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World
Emily Henry
5/5 stars

Natalie has spent most of her life with visions, nightmares, and a mysterious, ghostly visitor she calls "Grandmother".  As her high school career comes to a close, she begins to see quick glimpses of the "wrong things": her house looks different, the neighborhood has changed, she sees friends that don't recognize her.  Then she meets Beau, and her experiences become even more inexplicable.

The Love That Split the World is a novel that is hard to explain, especially without giving away any of the surprises.  It's about learning who you are, the power of story, making sacrifices, and, most of all, about love.  Henry has taken a modern tale of two high school students and woven in strains of Native American mythology, science fiction, and fantasy.

The main characters, Natalie and Beau, are well-rounded and believable; it was easy to care about them, their decisions, and their future.  The plot was intriguing, at times spellbinding.  I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it.   The novel itself is beautifully written, sprinkled with the occasional profound thought to make it even more powerful.  The ending. . . oh that ending.

This book is not going to be for everyone; the various elements that make up the story will be dull, or even confusing, for some.  For the right people, though, this book will be magical.

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