Genre: YA Other
Source: The Library.
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Goodreads Summary: Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.
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.
First things first, look at that beautiful breathtaking cover! Seriously. This is my favorite cover of 2016 so far. The cover alone is what convinced me to read this book. So what do I think of the words behind that amazing cover? I can say with complete honesty that The Love That Split the World is like no book I have ever read before. I am honestly not even sure what genre to categorize this book as, but that didn't stop me from loving the story.
Natalie is one heck of a young lady. I am so glad that I will never have to go through what she has. Natalie is just trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be, which is hard for any teenager, but seeing visions while going about your every day business makes it a little more complex. Then she meets Beau, who happens to help her and yet make everything that much harder. I won't be forgetting any of these characters any time soon, BUT I also had a hard time relating to the characters which made me take a little longer to warm up to some of them. I did always like Natalie. As for the love aspect of this book.... I am not sure what to say. It was a little bit too insta-love for me, even if there was a reason behind the way Beau and Natalie acted.
The Love That Split the World is a book full of old legends and creation stories. I loved hearing them, but I also sometimes wish there were a few less because I tended to thing "get to the point of this story and what is going on with Natalie." The pacing of this book wasn't perfect for me. At times I found it to be slow while others I was completely captivated. Sometimes I would ask myself "now where is the plot again?"
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was beautifully written and very unique. I just wish I could have really shipped the romance, and that I didn't have flashes of being bored while reading. As for recommending this book to others, I have no idea what to say. It's so different and so very good. I guess you should just give it a try.