Title: The Love that Split the World
Author: Emily Henry
Date Started: July 1
Date Finished: July 4
Format: hardcover from local library
Natalie Cleary has always been a little strange. She’s been able to see and talk to a woman she calls ‘Grandmother’ since she was small. Her parents took her to therapists to resolve the problem and after some therapy Grandmother disappeared and she became normal. Somewhat. Three years later, she wakes up in the middle of the night to find Grandmother by her bed again and with her usual story, but this time she also has a cryptic warning. She has three months to save him and Alice Chan will help her. Then Grandmother disappears and weird things start happening to Natalie. Her town starts disappearing for seconds then minutes then hours at a time.
She doesn’t know when it will happen and she is officially scared. Who did Grandmother possibly mean to save in three months? And what can Alice Chan do that no other therapist has been able to? She goes to search for answers knowing that no only does she have three months, but that she has even less considering she has to go up to Rhode Island soon to start her new school. Along the way she encounters Beau Wilkes who goes to her school but who she has never seen before. He may just have the answers she needs, but at what cost?
So, when I first read the summary of this book I’ll admit I was a little hesitant to read it. I don’t usually read books that are surrounded in Native American culture, sometimes they are not my cup of tea. But everywhere I was looking I kept hearing good things about The Love that Split the World and decided to give it a go. I think I should have listened to my instincts. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t because of the Native American culture legends that were in this book or the fact that Natalie was part Native American. In fact, all of that seemed to be a minor, minor plot line compared to what else was going on in this book.
And trust me there was a lot. Between getting a crash course in AP Psychology and other issues of the brain that went WAY over my head, there was also a lot of different time lines that I had to contend with in this book. In fact, the whole reason that Natalie saw a different version of Union, was because of this whole different time line scenario. And if there is one thing that confuses me it is definitely different time lines. The possibilities are just to great to fathom and it really makes my head hurt.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. There is such a thing for a book to be too many genres at once and this book definitely was. It also had the problem where there was little plot progression. It just kind of steamed along until it just ended with a confusion of plot lines.
Bookshelf worthy? If you want to, give it a try, but otherwise I suggest skipping it.