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.
Split isn't the kind of story I usually read. But I like broadening my horizons from time to time, so I read it. I picked it up around 1 o'clock on Sunday. I like to read in the car and I was going out with my parents. I read half of it. Then Sunday night I finished setting up reviews and everything for the Read-A-Thon. So I read the second half.
This book is powerful. Punched in the gut, feeling the bruises on your face, fighting back tears powerful.
While reading I was fairly good. I didn't cry, I only cringed a few times, and all was well. Now that I've digested and let the book really sink in, I want to cry. I can feel that little ball in my throat that won't go away just thinking about it.
This book reinforces my desire to go into psychology. This book reminds me how important teachers are to kids, even if it's out of the classroom and they aren't your teacher. This book...is not a light summer read.
I don't know if there really are words for this novel. This might very well have been the must intense, thought provoking book I've read since The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie.
Honestly, that's as coherent as this review is going to get. I don't think I have anything else I can say. If you need a thought provoking, powerful, intense read, then this is the go to book.