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.
On 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.