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Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop
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Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
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FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 4: The End Times by Simon Oliver
The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie
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Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren
Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
Off Road by Sean Gordon Murphy
Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway by Phil Patton
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
Orbiter by Warren Ellis
Out West: A Journey through Lewis and Clark's America by Dayton Duncan
Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost
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The Love That Split the World: 03/14/16

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry is a YA that defies easy description or even easy review. If you want absolutely no chance of spoilers, know that I loved it. Know that I tore through it in about two nights of intense reading. Know that it's one of those books that I will be giving to everyone I know.

Natalie Cleary was adopted as a young girl. She's a Native American being raised by white parents and she's been having visitations from a ghostlike woman she calls Grandmother. She also has therapy to control those visions. But what if those visions are real and are part of a bigger thing?

Just before she graduates from high school, she meets the school ghost and her world is turned upside down. Here is the make or break part of the book. If you're willing to accept the haunting attraction of Beau then you're in for a rollercoaster ride. If you can't, then the book will probably leave you feeling disappointed.

I happen to watch a lot of anime that covers similar plots and plot twists as The Love That Split the World. The book reminds me of a mixture The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzamiya, and Erased. If you're old enough to remember, it also has some hints of VR-5 in it.

I'll close with my thoughts on the title. It sounds like a typical romance title, doesn't it? At the surface, it is. It's about an impossible love between a girl and a boy. But it's really more about parental love and the power a parent's desire for their child to live to affect the very fabric of the universe.

Five stars

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