I had been wanting to read The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry ever since I saw it on Netgalley.. Unfortunately, Netgalley declined to give it to me, and I always feel like I should boycott books when Netgalley does that, like fine - you don't want to give it to me, I won't read it at all!
But then I got it in my Owl Crate for my birthday, so I decided it was fate and I had to read it. I forgive you Netgalley.
So what is it even about? From Goodreads:
I have never watched Friday Night Lights, but The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all time favourites, so it definitely sounded like my kind of book.
So what did I think of it?
What I love is when I find a book that I constantly think about when I'm not reading it. Like what is going to happen? I wonder what this means? How will this be resolved? Like there are some books that you know what the end game is - lady heroine and prince charming get together, or the murderer is caught etc etc but some books, as I am reading them, I am thinking how are you gonna wrap this shit up, author person? This was one of those books. It wasn't life changing or mind blowing, but it was cute and I liked it, and I couldn't figure out where the hell it was going in some aspects.
I really, really, really disliked the ending. Sometimes a vague ending works. SOMETIMES IT DOES NOT. I kinda get why she did it, like she didn't want to be predictable, and either way people would have been pissed off, but as an author I'd rather piss off 50% of people vs pissing off all the people.
I didn't know it was set in Kentucky, which was kinda cool. I loved that it was set in KY but not in your face about it. Sometimes it takes me out of a book when authors include too many 'inside jokes' or things that only locals would get, and there was nothing in this book (besides school names) that were super specific to KY.
What was super funny to me was that in a book about time travel (kind of? I really didn't think it was super about time travel like, say The Time Traveler's wife), I managed to find a couple of quotes that spoke to me as an expat (or just, you know.. a person):
Funny thing about belonging to two worlds: Sometimes you feel like you belong in zero.
“I don’t know. It’s hard being surrounded by people—generally good people—who don’t get it,
who think I’m uptight and weird whenever things bother me. I mean, sometimes it’s like people
assume I’m like them in ways I’m not, and that sucks, but other times they think I’m different in ways I
don’t feel different, and that sucks too.”
So overall, honestly? Out of enjoyment, it was like 4-5 stars until the ending, which made me cranky. But overall, good book.
Would I recommend it?
Do you like YA? Yes. If not, no.
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