Thursday, August 12, 2010

Split by Swati Avashti (2010 Debut Book)

Written by Ari at 10:00 AM
Do You Agree? 
Split by Swati Avashti
Pages: 282
Pub Date: March 9, 2010
Author Website/Blog: http://www.swatiavasthi.com/
Synopsis: 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?

This novel, truly horrified. I think I read it about 2 weeks ago, its still haunting me. Every time I read about something as simple as someone getting punched, my mind flashes back to Split. It's actually scary how much this novel teaches us about a world, most of us are sheltered from. We all tend to take our lives for granted. We forget about people like the characters of Split. This book, it sends a real, solid, scary message. It makes us wonder, why is it, before such a haunting novel, would I never have truly realized such a horrible home? This book opens our eyes to the true tragedies that haunt the world. You will never see the world the same way again.

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