Saturday, November 19, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Split by Swati Avasthi

 I read Split by Swati Avasthi in less than 24 hours--meaning I purposefully stayed up to finish the story.  Yes, the Insomniac who supposedly knows better began this fantastic book and just had to see what happened to these characters.

Book description: 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.

Heart-breaking, "un-put-down-able" and completely unique--a story of extreme physical abuse from the point of view of the sons who got away, but also some insight of the women who love their abuser, a caseworker who cares too much, and more. Sad but not sentimental and did not make me cry (and I'm a crier.)

5 stars, and I highly recommend this to anyone with teenaged kids--abuse has to stop, even if you've already succumbed to it yourself. This book models a character who learned to funnel his anger into a much better release: sports, but specifically running.  Stopping abuse AND promoting healthy lifestyles?  Two more reasons to pass this story on.
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