A riveting portrait of life after abuse from an award-winning novelist.
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. Award-winning 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.
Two YA novels with the same title are being published in March, so don t get em twisted.SplitSwati AvasthiKnopf, (240p) This powerful, never maudlin debut paints a visceral portrait of a 16-year-old on the run from an abusive father. After being kicked out of his family s house in Chicago, Jace flees to his estranged older brother Christian s apartment in Albuquerque, N.Mex., but starting over isn t easy. An array of expected emotions surface, from Jace s hatred toward his father, to hope that his mother will leave her abusive marriage, and resentment over Christian s having abandoned the family years earlier. But it s the less anticipated side of Jace gradually revealed over the course of the novel that makes this story so gripping and heartbreaking. He still loves his father despite the terrifying abuse his family has suffered and is ashamed of his own violent tendencies; readers learn Jace attacked his girlfriend when he was still in Chicago, and both brothers fear that Jace could follow in his father s footsteps. When Jace finally turns his back on his past to forge a new future, readers will fully understand the difficulty of the decision. As Avasthi demonstrates, leaving a bad situation and forgiving those responsible is easier said than done. Ages 14 up.
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Pretty Good Book
It took me a while to finish this book because of the constant standstills but it was pretty decent. Didn’t like the ending that well though. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book but I also wouldn’t stop someone from reading it either.
Great book but the ending didn't seem like a good ending I was confused
This is a great book that once you get into you can't put down.you should really read this book!!