The Love That Split The World // ARC Review


The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry, Published by Razorbill Books, ARC received from the publisher through Red Ballon’s Teen Book Club in exchange for an honest review.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

There are some books that you read and you know are going to stick with you for a while. The Love That Split the World is one of those books.

tltstwreadingOn the very first page I knew that this book was very different, and a little bit odd. But it was different in a way I liked. The whole story is this great contemporary romance, science fiction, mythology, coming-of-age story mashup, which seems crazy but all of the parts fit together in the perfect puzzle. You could feasibly place this book in pretty much any genre, which is one of the things that is most fantastic about it.

The Love That Split the world is so quotable. The writing is gorgeous, but more than that, it is hugely insightful. It feels like there is a revelation about love and life every few pages. I kept marking pages as I was reading (something I rarely do) because all of the pages begged to be marked for a million different reasons. A lot of this book is about the time between high school and college, and the move from childhood to adulthood, and as a senior in high school that was something that really resonated with me. In a way that is a scary thing to think about, and can be difficult to evaluate, but it is books like this one that can really help in discovering where I am and where I want to be.

The Love That Split the World is beautiful and strange and lovely, filled with many important ideas about love, life, and leaving home. Please read it.


The Love That Split the World will be released on January 26th, 2016.

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  1. (hello from the TP twitter chat yesterday!) i just finished this book yesterday and it was definitely one of the most interesting books i’ve read in awhile! its one of my new favorites!

  2. (hello from the TP twitter chat yesterday!) i just finished this book yesterday and i loved it so much! definitely one of the most interesting books i’ve read in awhile!

  3. Great review, Tamara! I am SO excited for this book, and hope I love it as much as so many people have. It sounds so different, and amazing! Also, the cover is GORGEOUS. Lovely post!

  4. This is my next read! (Well… technically I started it last night, but I got distracted and walked away from it.)

    I’m really glad to see that you enjoyed it, and all of those genres together seem like it could really make for one great read. I’ve actually been wanting to read this one, especially because it’s being compared to one of my favorite books ever, but I’m also a little scared that I might end up disliking it. 🙁

  5. i completely agree with what you said! the story is so different and special and I LOVE IT. i marked many pages of the arc as well and i’m excited to ~actually~ mark the pages of the finished copy. (i borrowed the arc so i couldn’t reaaaaally make the pages, unfortunately)

    1. Oh yay! I basically never highlight my books because I get so much more wrapped up in the story but I’ve always thought that’s something that would be fun sometime. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! (and I’m glad we both liked TLTSTW!)

  6. AHHHH I’M GLAD YOU LIKED THIS ONE. I wanted to read it then it kind of just faded for me (kindddaaaa because the cover didn’t appeal to me. Yes I’m a terrible person) and ahhhhh I’m excited to read it again! LOVELY REVIEW<3

    1. Yay I’m glad I could make you want to read it! 😀 (I didn’t love the cover at first but it really grew on me… It helps to see it in person on a book. But I totally get what you mean on how the cover affects interest) Thank you!

  7. Wonderful review! This book not only catches my eye because of its beautiful cover, but also the story. Being as I am probably now in this phase of leaving home, learning how to be independent as I grow to be an adult, this book would be a perfect read for me!

  8. Really great review Tamara! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy bc just as you said in your review, it will resonate with you! Hopefully the book won’t crush me in the feels and throw me into a cage of books slump bc of how great it was!

    1. Thank you! It didn’t really crush me in the feels like it has to a lot of people, but it does contain a lot of deep stuff. I’m actually taking a one day break from reading after it because I just need a little time, but hopefully no slump!

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