Thursday, 12 January 2012

Split - Swati Avasthi

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.

  • This was a debut book for the author in 2010, the author hasn't published anything since.
  • The book is wrote from the perspective of Jace, who has been kicked out of the family home by his dad. Jace has to travel none stop overnight to reach his brother Christian. Jace has to learn that the hardest thing may not be the fact that he has left but it maybe the struggle of getting to know his brother all over again, plus getting to grips with who he really is and how to let go of the past.
  • There are many characters in this story some I feel weren't as nessacry as others however they all added something to the story. I loved the character of Miriam who was Christians girlfriend, she was the perfect counterpart to Jace, he needed her a lot more than he let on. She wasn't judgmental and I think that Jace needed that in his life, he needed someone to talk to, someone who was looking in so to speak.
  • This is a book that had me laughing and cry within a split second of eachother, it really is a book that you will love, but make you think and make you so angry.
I loved this book, it was amazing. The characters felt so real, none were perfect and I think the book benefited from this. I feel the ending was perfect, with both brothers looking to the future even if it wasn't the ending they were hoping for. Go read it, you won't be disappointed.

“Finally, Jace suspects it's a bad sign that he is referring to himself in the third person.”

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