Monday, May 9, 2011

Split by Swati Avasthi

Title: Split
Author: Swati Avasthi
Published: March 2, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 282/Hardcover
Source: local library

Summary: Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.

He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.

At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers won’t be able to put this intense page-turner down.

Review: I hadn't heard much about this book, and I usually don't read many books that deal with abuse, but boy was I glad I picked this one up.

Split was so realistic it was almost scary. I felt like I had known all of the characters my entire life and that I could see them on the street and talk to them. 

Along with creating fantastic characters Avasthi managed to tackle the subject of familial abuse with pure amazingness. The story didn't feel forced or unnatural. It flowed nicely and was quite a page turner.

I feel bad because this review is so short and feels very inadequate, but this is one of those books that was utterly amazing and I'm simply having a hard time articulating said amazingness. Just trust me when I say this is one book you don't want to miss.

1 comment:

Lale said...

Great review! I absolutely adored Split. I agree that it's one that it's really hard to put your feelings down in words for- it's just that powerful. :)


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