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Review, Publishers Weekly, January 25, 2010:
“…gripping and heartbreaking.” —Publishers Weekly
Review, School Library Journal, March 2010:
“…raw and intimate, dramatic and poetic.” —School Library Journal
Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2010:
“This taut, complex family drama depicts abuse unflinchingly but focuses on healing, growth and learning to take responsibility for one’s own anger. —Kirkus Reviews
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted August 19, 2010
Jace has driven across the country and arrives at his older brother's doorstep. He's had enough of his father's beatings and wants to make an escape like Christian did. Christian's built a new life for himself, complete with his own apartment, a good job, and a girlfriend. Taking Jace in is not part of his plans, but he can't turn him away.
Jace settles in at school and keeps busy with soccer and working at a bookstore. He's even found an ally in Mirriam, his brother's girlfriend. It seems like Jace is heading for the life he's always wanted.
However, it's harder to leave the past behind than he'd thought. Jace is haunted by something he did before he left, and his mother is still in the house with his father. Together, Jace and Christian promise to take her in as well, as soon as she can get out.
Is it easier said than done? Will this family be complete again - and can they move on to the future?
I finished this novel in one day because I needed to know how it ended! What a fabulous first novel, and I hope that Ms. Avasthi has more in the works.
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Posted January 19, 2012
Split, by Swati Avashi, is an excellent novel. The novel had a great plot, the level of suspense was amazing, and the characters and events were very believable. Avashi also spread out the flashbacks evenly through the book. The combination of factors made the novel extremely interesting. The plot of Split will keep you interested from the cover of the book to the last page. The novel starts off with the protagonist, Jace, at his brother’s front door. He is hoping his brother will let him live with him. From that moment on the protagonist deals with two different types of conflicts. One of the conflicts is an internal conflict which deals with Jace not wanting to be an abuser like his father. His father abused his whole family. The father used to just abuse Jace’s brother and mother, but when his brother left he started abusing Jace too. Also the protagonist is trying to adjust to his new life with his brother and trying to forget his old life back in Chicago. Secondly, Jace’s external conflict involves him trying to make sure he doesn’t do anything that may cause his father to find him. The author keeps you guessing. She just keeps you interested by giving you little pieces to the puzzle without giving the story away. The way Avashi set up the plot was great. While reading Split I felt on edge. The whole time I was reading it I was wondering if Jace was going to snap in the middle of a conversation. I was also wondering if his dad would show up randomly and break down the door while Jace and his brother are just sitting in the living room watching television. The suspense just got to a point that made me think,” If I put this novel down I might end up missing something,” and I was right. The characters and events are extremely believable. Jace is a typical 16 year old boy. The way he reacts to events is realistic. For example, when Jace got angry and frustrated, I understood why he felt angry and frustrated. I think I would have reacted the same way. There wasn’t a single point in the novel were I felt that the character or event were unrealistic. In addition, the novel still wasn’t predictable. The author also wrote as if she had gone through that experience or she knew someone who had. The flashbacks in Split were amazing. I liked how Avashi used the flashbacks to tell the story. For example when Jace won’t ask is in the library and won’t the girl out Avashi use a flashback to tell you why he won’t ask her on a date. She also uses it to tell why Jace’s brother left and why he never came back for his brother. Split was a great novel. If you read it you won’t regret it.
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Posted August 11, 2013
Split is an incredible story about a broken boy who tries to figure out how to live after his abusive father kicks him out. He ends up at his older brother's door, a brother who got out when he had the chance and left Jace behind because "[their father] hadn't started on [Jace]".
This is not a sappy love story about the abused boy finding a girl. This is Jace's story of how he tries to cope with life, and more importantly how he copes with himself and what he has and hasn't done.
I don't think I can put into words how much this book affected me. I don't think I can say much about this book at all, it rendered me completely speechless.
There's is good reasons why this book has won multiple awards. Avasthi pictures a devastating and heartbreaking life of abuse victims and how they cope with life when they've gotten out. Jace's inner conflicts and disappointment in himself is absolutely disgusting, because they shouldn't be there. No child should live with the thoughts in his head or the memories he sees when he closes his eyes. He is trying so hard to make everything right and he fights for a normal life, while still trying to save those he cares for. It's gut-wrenching.
It feels wrong to say that this book will be a favorite, because you can't love this book. You can love the writing and you can love the characters. But you can't love the story. That's just wrong.
I think I'll always remember this book, it's left a deep imprint on my very being and it will on you too. No one who reads Split will be left unaffected.
Posted March 14, 2013
i really liked this book i though the ending could have been better because they really left me wanting more than they gave me.
I love the detail because the author put it in to the right places at the right time which made it perfect. The detail made me cringe at times just imagining it in my head.
This is a really good book i do wish there where other books like this one it told a great story.
Posted March 14, 2013
This book is about a young boy, Jace who arrives at his brothers house unexpectedly and runs away from his abusive father. Now hes trying to live a new life but is still worried for his mother and hows she doing because of his dad's problem. He's trying really hard to have a brand new life for himself but old memories just goes with him everywhere and eventually drags himself back to the house hold he tried to escape. He then sees that in order to continue with his life he has to face all his fears. Eventually, he does and is able to move on with his life and is happy to have his brother in his life as well to help and be there for each other. I found this book very good. Its kinda life changing once you think of it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2013
Okay, in case you haven't noticed yet, I like issue books. They're my favorite kind of books to read, nine times out of ten.
Avasthi's debut novel was pretty fantastic. It's raw, emotional, and believable. I enjoyed Avasthi's style of writing.
The thing that I enjoyed most with Split was the fact that it examines what happens *after* a person leaves a violent situation. Most stories are about someone finding the courage and means to leave and that's it. Split was so much more than that. Leaving is only the first step. It's all the things that happen after you leave that really make the difference. Split shows that just because you leave doesn't mean things will be all rainbows and sunshine. There's hope, but there's no sense of false perfection. Avasthi did a wonderful job.
You can read this and other reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
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Posted March 4, 2012
Split pulls you in and never lets you go. Jace is someone you fall in love with even though you know his darker side. All the characters are brought to life with all their struggles and hardships and their brighter moments. This story felt real and sadly, it could be the story of anyone's life. It gives a great example of the pain an abused child lives and how hard it can be to break the cycle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2012
Sixteen year old Jace Witherspoon will be changing his last name to Marshal and creating himself a new identity just like his big brother Christian did. Five years ago toward the end of his high school year Christian disappeared from home and school and Jace has not seen or heard from him since. At a young age big brother Christian learned how to hate their father. So that dad's attention would be deflected causing him to beat up Christian instead of their mother. By time Christian left home he had suffered a series of broken fingers, concussions, and even had some skin grafted on his arm where their dad had held it to an electric burner. After Christian left Jace had taken over that role of trying to protect their mom from the beatings. But now that Jace has finally broken he hasn't snuck away like Christian. He's finally swung first before getting himself beaten to a pulp and literally thrown out of the house. Split is a very emotional and Alright read. The author does a wonder job of explaining Jace and his families conflict. Like when it talks about the wife getting beat. Another one is when Jace leaves and goes to his brothers house. Last when his brother Christian was not sure to let Jace stay with him.
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Posted January 30, 2012
Sixteen year-old Jace Witherspoon will be changing his last name to MARSHALL, and creating himself a new identity just like his big brother Christian did. Five years ago, toward the end of his high school years, Christian disappeared from home and school and Jace has not seen or heard from him since. At a young age, big brother Christian learned how to antagonize their father, a conservative Chicago judge, so that dad's attention would be deflected, causing him to beat up Christian instead of their mother. By time Christian left home, he had suffered a series of broken fingers, concussions, and even had some skin grafted on his arm where their dad had held it to an electric burner. On a regular basis, their father diffused any potential suspicion by moving the family to a different Chicago neighborhood.After Christian left, Jace had taken over that role of trying to protect their mom from the beatings. But now that Jace has finally broken, he hasn't snuck away like Christian. He's finally swung first before getting himself beaten to a pulp and literally thrown out of the house. Now that she has no protectors left, Jace is determined to somehow get their mom to follow him to Albuquerque before their dad kills her. Split is a very emotional and raw read. The author does a wonderful job with Jace's narrative and as a reader, I felt everything Jace felt. She even did a great job developing Christian's character who is also dealing with the abuse. Their father was a sick, disgusting man and the brothers, along with Christian's girlfriend, who knew nothing about the abuse until Jace came along, help each other to deal and move on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2012
Split was really an amazing book to read. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. It's about a boy who gets abused at home by his dad, which also abuses his mother. One day, Jace (the boy)decides to stand up for himself, and hits his dad back. His dad kicks him out, and his mother gives him the address to his older brothers apartment. He goes to live with his brother, and eventually return to try and save their mother but she refuses to go with them because shes so used to being with her husband she cant imagine life without him. Anyways, this book is really great, and I highly recommend you to read it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2012
Posted June 11, 2012
Jace leaves his home and travels about 19 hours to where his brother is staying. What is the cause of this? His dad beating him and his mother. Christian, his brother, was not expecting Jace to arrive there, and in his mind he was thinking it would ruin his whole life plan. After living with Christian for awhile, they both decide to go back to their original home and try to save their mom from their dad's beatings. The message to me was, if you know someone who is being abused, you should get help right away. Also, you should never make a promise to someone if you cannot fulfill it. I liked the whole book overall, but I did not like how the dad beat up the mom. You should read this because it helps you understand how someone can hide themselves being abused, and how a family deals with it. If you liked this book I recommend A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This was a really great book! It was really intense though. So don't read it if you don't think you can handle it. It's really cool to read a book about how a brother's love can seem almost gone and then it just keeps building until one brother would do anything for the other. This story is about a boy who gets beat up by his dad and he has a brother that used to get it so bad that he ran away from home when he was seventeen and now his brother is sixteen and he gets kicked out so he goes to his brother for help. You have to read it to know more but I'm telling you that you will never regret reading this book! It is amazing! I almost cried like five times in it. It's really intense. But still great!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book was realistic, dramatic, and page-turning! I devoured this book and can not wait to see what other books this author will write. If you love books about tough issues, PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2011