I don’t even know what to say about this book. Like wow. It’s almost impossible to give a proper rating because there are so many factors. At some parts, it seemed four-star worthy but then sometimes it’d be three stars, and sadly it would feel like a two-star book at some points. Not that it felt like a 2-star book very often, it just did enough to seem worthy of mention. Oh and the cover is stunning I absolutely love its design and the meaning it holds in the story.
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.
Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.
Okay, so this book was odd for me. There were some parts where I could just not bear to put the book down, but then sometimes it would feel like a sort of a chore to push through the next few chapters. The only reason I really kept reading was because I wanted to see what happened to Nat and Beau. I skim read much more than I thought I would have with this book and for that I am disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book and the book didn’t come close to fulfilling those hopes.
As a character, Natalie was pretty decently written and as the reader, you are given full access to her as a character. She doesn’t stand for slut-shaming and she isn’t afraid to confront her ex when he does something she isn’t okay with. Well, she may have been afraid but she had the guts to actually go tell him off so that’s something.
I will say that even though I’m a sucker for a good fluffy romance, the instant love in this book was anything but believable. The entire story requires you to be completely on board with their instant love and if you aren’t then the book won’t even seem decent. It’s not that the book, in general, is terrible, because it isn’t, it’s just that so much rests on the love story. I also got incredibly tired of hearing about how Beau was a work of art, and how pretty he was. It wouldn’t be terrible if it was mentioned the first time she saw him because of hell, that’s just her first impression. But no, we are reminded over and over again how amazingly good looking he is. If there’s one thing I can’t stand to read, it’s when I’m told over and over how gorgeous a character is.
Grandmother was an interesting character and I loved her stories. It was a nice break in the love story and they were all quite interesting. I also enjoyed the Native American aspects that were incorporated into the novel. The fact that Nat’s adoptive parents are supportive of her learning more about her Native American ancestry made me love the book a little bit more.
If you can ignore how reliant the story is on romance and the constant reminder of gorgeousness then this book isn’t terrible. The story is well-written and you can tell the author put time into choosing her words carefully. The author is able to show the reader what Nat sees and I enjoyed the descriptive parts of the book (except when it was about how amazingly handsome Beau was).
I don’t know if I’ll recommend this book to anyone if I’m asked for a random book off the top of my head (which is how I’m normally asked for a recommendation). If anything I recommend this book to people who like instant love stories but with a complex story that actually requires you to think a little. I think I have a few friends that may enjoy this book.