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Emily Henry Books In Order

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The Love That Split the World (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Million Junes (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Emily Henry is a connoisseur of donuts, proofreader, and full time author. While at Hope College, she studied creative writing and went to the New York Center for Art and Media studies. Emily Henry spends a lot of time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in the state of Kentucky (in the part of the state that is just south of Cincinnati). She finds that she has to write a novel in order, and not bounce around. Nor does she outline. If she knows too much about where a book is going, she does not really have much interest in writing the entire novel; she has to see where it goes while writing, sort of like when reading a novel. “The Love that Split the World” is Henry’s debut novel that came out in the year 2016; it is from the genres of Young Adult and speculative novel.

Emily Henry is big into reading. Her favorite novel series growing up include: “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling, “The Giver” series by Lois Lowry, and “The Ellimist Chronicles” series by K. A. Applegate. She also likes “Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby, “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy (which is one of her favorite novels) and “Conversion” by Katherine Howe. She also likes the movie that Sandra Bullock was in called “While You Were Sleeping”. When she was a child, she wanted to either become a professional basketball player with the WNBA (she has never played a game of basketball ever) or a writer.

Her favorite sports teams include: any five year olds that take their shoes off after sitting down on the field in the middle of the game. She also likes the Dillon Panthers. She also won nine cakewalks in a row one time at a school carnival. Emily Henry likes to write in the morning, facing a window.

She got the idea for “The Love that Split the World” while out for a walk during the summer, and it was extremely humid. She turned to her husband and told him that she wanted to write a novel that captured what a summer in Kentucky felt like. She feels a lot of nostalgia about Kentucky summers because she grew up there. She wanted to write about a place that does not really change and time is not as important as it is in other places.

“A Million Junes” was actually written first, despite being Henry’s second novel. She felt that she wanted the novel to be even better than the first one. She says that it is not a sequel to “The Love that Split the World”, it is just a stand alone novel. It is a strange and magical and semi contemporary novel. She set “A Million Junes” in Michigan because she will always be in love with it due to the wild beauty it has but brutal winters.

“The Love that Split the World” is the first novel Emily Henry published and was released in the year 2016. Natalie Cleary has to risk her future by jumping blindly into a big unknown for her to have a chance with the boy she loves and to build a new world. The last summer that she is going to spend in her small town in Kentucky has been going well. Then she starts seeing the wrong things.

She starts by seeing short glimpses (her green front door is red or a pre school is where the garden store should be). Then it gets worse. Her entire town goes missing for hours, it fades into some rolling hills as well as grazing buffalo. Nat knows that something is wrong.

She gets a visit from a mysterious and kind apparition that she refers to as “Grandmother”. Natalie is told that she only has three months to save him. The very next night, she is under the lights of the high school’s football field and meets Beau (a beautiful boy). It seems to her that time has just stopped, and nothing else exists. Only Beau and Natalie.

Fans of the novel felt like they were full of all kinds of intense and on edge feelings throughout. The way the novel is written, gives it a poetic feel to it, and readers felt like they wanted to savor each word. The novel makes you think about identity and where certain life choices that you make will take you in life. Even though Henry is billed as young adult, this book is much more than that. It has other elements in it that make it fit in other genres. Some found that she wrote a fresh and gripping work full of lyrical writing that brings to life brand new world that is vivid and visceral.

“A Million Junes” is the second novel Emily Henry published and was released in the year 2017. All of Jack “June” O’Donnell’s life, her parents have told her to keep away from the Angert family. That is their only rule for her. June literally collides with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and it all is thrown into chaos for June.

Who is this sarcastic and gruff, yet all appearances point to him being harmless and has returned to both of their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan after a mysterious three years gone? Why did June (who is an O’Donell down to her very core) never question her late dad’s deep hatred of the Angerts? The two families may have a mythic legacy, they have a bunch of tales they tell, despite not saying a word about what caused the century long rift that exists between the two.

Saul and June develop a stronger connection as the days go on. They find that everything in Five Fingers seems to be conspiring against them to reveal the cause of the curse that plagues both bloodlines. She must question all that she has ever known about her family, not to mention the father she adored. She must figure out whether or not it is time for all of the O’Donnell’s to let go of the whole thing.

Fans of the novel found this to be a great read; June was a great character and funny, some found that they were in love with her quickly. Some were captivated by the book by everything: the language, the mythology, and the descriptions. Henry is already a brilliant writer and some hope that she is able to keep it up and produce great novels from here on out. Some found the novel to be beautifully strange, and they loved it so much.

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