Samstag, 8. Oktober 2016

[English Saturday] The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
Earlier this year I ordered a three-month subscription from Owlcrate, because I totally fell for their gorgeous book boxes. If shipping wasn't so expensive, I would absolutely order those boxes on a monthly basis. The february box included my last read and this gave me the possibility for another post in the category 'English Saturday'. Sadly I hardly ever read books in English, even though I'd love to more often. I guess that needs to change.

Title: The Love that Split the World
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: YA - SciFi Romance
Hardcover: 400 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-59514-850-6
List Price: $17,99

Two worlds joined through one fatal mistake. As a child Natalie survived a tragic car accident, which is hold as the reason for her nightmares and visions she had as a child as a form of post traumatic stress disorder. These fade with time and Natalie is feeling better and planning her life after graduation. But things suddenly change and her visions are back. Momentarily glimpses change her front door from being green to red, buildings are missing and others suddenly surface. In the next moment her whole town disappears for hours making room for rolling hills and grazing buffalo.
Natalie does not know what is wrong with her, but then Beau appears and they share an instant connection. Together they try to find answers and make sense of the happenings.
The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

At first I was perplexed what I got myself into. It seemed to me that the author put her religious beliefs in the foreground and tried to proselytize (or confirm ones beliefs). I was raised catholic and even went to a catholic school, but the first time I really felt people want to convert others to believe in their views was my semester abroad at university in Arkansas. Everybody was super religious and at the same time hypocritical, but everyone tried to make it look cool to believe in God (their way) and if you did not, well, you were not worthy to talk to them - and if you did they tried to sneak their beliefs into the conversation. And that was what I felt with the first chapters of the book - not my kinda thing.

"It's about the cost of love. To grow up is to love. To love is to die." ~ p. 243

Luckily the religious conversion was dropped and an interesting story unfolds. A story of time travel and parallel universes emerges in a wonderfully-written way. I really enjoyed Natalie's character as she is strong and not bitchy at all. She tries to figure out what happened to her and in a way she helps herself to find the truth. The book even has feminism in it, which is rare in YA novels - I am not much for the modern feminists who just want to, well, disagree - in this case the feminism is there, but it is not totally in your face. I liked that. We even have diversity, which does not seem to be incorporated, because it is hip and the author tried to bypass the bawlers that cry for diversity. Natalie is is a Native American character and through her we learn about fascinating Native American history and stories.

"But until I can figure out my own place in all of this, I want to hear other people's stories. Knowing stories that have been around forever and have almost been lost a hundred times already, it feels important." ~ p. 111

However, to the end it seemed just too many elements evolved. Next to the above mentioned we have adoption, mental health and pyschology, coma, and instant love. I got to admit that the instant love was actually well written, even though I am not a fan of it. Due to the background stories of Natalie and Beau it seemed plausible and I believed them, but there generates just so much around their love, which I did not enjoy as much. Love at first sight - okay, I get it. But do they really need to forget everything around them and simply their love counts? No, just no. Additionally, the story is full of tiresome info dumping. Some explanations just went on and on and on and on without giving much insight. I just got frustrated after awhile.

How did I get hold of my copy? It was included in the february owlcrate.
Why did I read the book? Too minimize my to be read pile and it seemed like a nice love story with science fiction elements.

A unique story, which was well-written at times. However, the story was too crowded because of incorporating dozens of different elements. The book left me with mixed feelings, because it was brilliant and shitty at the same time. I just don't know how to feel about it.


  1. I had this book on my wish list, but I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, so I removed it.

    Nice review.



    1. Hey Andreea,

      yeah. It wasn't entirely my thing, but it wasn't a waste of time either.


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