ARC Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World by Emily HenryAuthor:  Emily Henry
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary (ALL the genres!)
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
400 pages, hardcover

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

Shout out to the wonderful Little Shop of Stories for letting me take this ARC! Check them out if you’re ever in Decatur, GA!

Lovely, beautifully written, unique, fantastic, wonderful. Okay, real review, Stefani.

In THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, Natalie starts seeing her world but not quite. She sees a preschool where a garden store usually is, an extra wing on the local church, a red door instead of a green one, a field full of grazing buffalo where her town used to be. And then, after a visit from the apparition she’s seen off and on her whole life (named Grandmother) when she’s told she has 3 months to save “him”, Natalie sees a mysterious and beautiful boy named Beau in the middle of her high school football stadium. And now all of the stories that Grandmother told her in the middle of the night start to make sense. But who is she supposed to save? And how?

I really don’t have the proper words to talk about this book. The writing is splendid, saccharine and soulful and aching and lovely. This book is full of life, stories, love, and sadness, and it is absolutely beautiful. I was immediately pulled into the story through Grandmother’s myths and legends (tales of gods and humans, bravery and love) and was kept completely mesmerized until the last word.

I want to go down to the filed, to stand with this boy between the sky and the grass until every part of me touches every part of the world. – ARC page 32

There were a few times in the middle when the story felt a bit drawn out, but I didn’t really lose interest. Mostly I wanted the story to focus a bit more on what was happening to Natalie (as the sci-fi/fantasy aspects were super intriguing) rather than the romance, though the book is called The LOVE That Split the World so I should’ve known. Plus, Matt got on my NERVES. But I swear, if I die without ever having a friendship like Natalie and Megan, I’m going to be super disappointed. Seriously – best friendship in a book EVER.

Also, this:

And when you see those good things–and I promise you, there are so many good things–they’re going to be so much brighter for you than they are for other people, just like the abyss always seems deeper and bigger when you stare at it. If you stick it out, it’s all going to feel worth it in the end. Every moment you live, every darkness you face, they’ll all feel worth it when you’re staring light in the face. – ARC page 205

The bottom line: A lovely, unique, spellbinding story of love, humanity, bravery, and passion. Emily Henry’s writing is GORGEOUS and full of a wonderful new voice that I can’t wait to get more of. The middle part dragged just a bit, but not too much. Also, BEST FRIENDSHIP EVER.

Rating: 8 – Freaking fantastic

12 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

  1. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book, but I’m so glad to hear that the friendships and writing are done beautifully! I love great non-romantic relationships, especially between supporting characters (sometimes even more than the main relationship). I’m excited to get my hands on The Love That Split the World. Great review (and beautiful blog, by the way)!

  2. Totally agree, I ADORE this book! I could not do it justice with a review, because I couldn’t even find words! You did a lovely job though! 😀 I do understand what you mean about dragging a bit, but I never ever wanted it to end, so I think I was okay with it. Definitely a favorite for me!

  3. Oh the Little Shop of Stories! I’ve been dying to go there for ages a;sdfjskjf my boyfriend is taking me their for Valentines day and we’re going to try and hunt down a signed Leigh Bardugo book. Anyways, great review 🙂 Do you ever see a book cover floating around a lot and you’re like “ah yes, i want to read that because so many people are interested in it” but you never actually KNOW what it’s about? That’s how I am with most books xD This one is no exception. UNTIL NOW! You explained it beautifully, and you’ve made me want to pick it up and read it for myself ^_^ CAN’T WAIT TO SCOOP THIS UP NOW

  4. I’ve been wondering if I should add this one to my to-read shelf, but I think I’ll give it a try 🙂 Thanks for your wonderful review!

  5. This one is really creating a buzz online, and I’ve wondered if it would meet the hype. It looks like it does. I really like the premise of it – I’m a sucker for strong friendships in books – and have seen some great reviews all over the place for this one. I have to say the quotes really draw me in.

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