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After you've said enough, after you've run, after you've made the split - how do you begin to live again?

Swati Avasthi

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.

First Impressions:I received this book as an ARC, so it's not out yet and I haven't heard of it. But when I read the description on Barnes & Noble's website, I was very interested. It sounded amazing and I liked the cover too, so I was excited to read it. And let's just say, it didn't disappoint!
Setting: I liked the setting. The story takes place in both Albuquerque, New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois, which are two very different places. That contrast definitely added to the story. I would have liked a bit more description of it, but over than that, it was great setting.
Characters: I really liked the characters. I don't think I fell too in love with them. Maybe not as much as I would have liked. I would have liked a few of them to be a tad bit more developed. Just by a hair though, for me at least. However, I enjoyed how Avasthi was able to make my like and feel for characters that weren't actually "in" the story. Well, they were, but the reader mainly learned about them through flashbacks and memories from the main character, Jace. I enjoyed that and that's not an easy thing to do.
Writing Style: I really loved Avasthi's style. I usually am not one for present tense, but when I don't notice that a book is in present until I'm already halfway in, then it's really good. The story is in first person and I was amazed at how Avasthi geared away from using too many "I"s and that's not easy to do. I also liked how it flowed and how the memories and flashbacks were incorporated so well. My only complaint would be that sometimes I think it moved a bit fast. I would have liked to see certain scenes or certain issues expanded on.
Cover: I loved the cover. The keys definitely play a vital role in the story, but I won't say how. It's definitely a cover I would gravitate toward in a bookstore.
Plot:I thought the plot was great! It held my attention from beginning to end. If I had the time, I would have devoured it in one setting. It explores what happens after the abuse and the effects it has on a person. I loved how it showed how differently people handle situations like that. There wasn't one time where I wanted to put the book down or when I was bored. There were elements scattered within that weren't overwhelming, but just enough to keep the story interesting and moving.
Dislikes: Now this may be because it's a ARC and they might have fixed these already, but I found quite a few errors. I think about five or six or so. I understand there are mistakes in books - hey, we're all human - but when I start to notice them, I start to find them a bit distracting.
Final Thoughts: I loved this book. It's definitely a book I would read again. It was also thought-provoking and opened my mind. It's a great debut novel for Swati Avasthi! Split is out March 9th.


Setting:★ ★ ★ ★
Characters: ★ ★ ★ ★
Writing: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cover: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Plot: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★
Recommend it? Absolutely! I think everyone should read this book. It's something everyone should be aware of. Great book!

This has been a review by Evie!!! Peace out!
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