Flashback Friday: SPLIT by Swati Avasthi
Aug 22nd, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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6270483SPLIT by Swati Avasthi

Hardcover, 280 pages

Published March 9, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee (0)ABA Indie Next Book for Children’s Spring (2010)Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee (2011)Parents’ Choice Silver AwardInternational Reading Association Award for Young Adult Fiction (2011)

From Goodreads:

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.

My review posted in June, 2011:

Split is an extremely important YA novel about child abuse and spousal abuse told from the point-of-view of the MC Jace. There is no doubt that Swati’s has been placed in the elite category of brilliant authors such as Laurie Halse Anderson, Cheryl Rainfield, and Jay Asher. It is more than well-deserved and so are the awards Split received. Jace is one of the most unforgettable male YA characters I have ever read. The story he narrates is raw, honest, heartbreaking, revealing. I will be haunted by his experiences. 
One of the most troubling scenes was a flashback of Jace beating his girlfriend, but the way he recognizes his mistake and takes responsibility shows tremendous growth and insight. The hardest part for me was lumping Jace in the “category” of abuser when he had been victimized, but Swati does a phenomenal job of showing the reader how easy that line can be crossed.
*****end of spoiler*****
Ultimately, this is a novel about hope. One of breaking free – making the split – from the past and moving on to building a future. The title reveals many “key” moments, plot points in the the book that readers should ponder the meaning of the word and the different scenes that it represents.
Split is a do-not-miss-YA novel! I will be recommending it over and over and over again.

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