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Split ~ 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 realises that if he truly wants to put his past behind him, he may have to do what scares him the most: go back.

Debut author, Swati Avasthi gives us this riveting portrayal 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?

When I first received news about Split I had no idea what it was about. After research into it I found that it was actually a book I’d buy and choose to read myself. I was offered the chance to read this first and I jumped at that chance…I mean how many times are you going to get offered to read a book before it’s published.

When my copy finally came I was over the moon and started to read immediately; I was hooked from the start and couldn’t put the book down.

Swati Avasthi has an amazing debut novel here; the emotion she portrays throughout the story is incredible. The connection I feel with the characters is something I don’t find myself feeling often. Jace is a troubled 16 year old boy who travels 19 hours to land himself on his big brothers doorstep. He cares about his mother more then anything and wants her to finally be free from his abusive father. Christian, Jace’s big brother, fled his family years before and never looked back. However when Jace turns up on the doorstep of his one bed roomed apartment he doesn’t turn him out of his life. Mirriam, Christian’s girlfriend, lives next door to them, she’s a teacher at the local school that Jace attends upon arrival and only wants to help.

I loved Split from day one, the story held me and I always wanted to read more. Avasthi’s writing style kept me interested as well as the deep storyline. I always wanted to read the next chapter. Although the books plot is fairly simple the way that it is written keeps the reader guessing to what will happen next, will Jace do anything stupid? Will their father make an un-expected appearance?

The books cover is different, and although I wouldn’t be able to establish what the book is about on first glance I do however understand the concept behind it now that I have read the book. Never judge a book by its cover, the simple red, black and white contrast is simple yet gets a message across.

I like most things associated with this book, the writing, the plot and the characters. Everything just adds up making be like this book more then ever.

As far as dislikes go there aren’t any really, other then the dislike of simple spelling or grammar mistakes. Although I put that down to the book being an un-edited Advance Reader’s Copy. Therefore when the book is published (March 9th in USA) these mistakes would have been edited.

Overall I rate this book four stars, this riveting novel is definitely going to be re-read by me and I recommend to everyone.

Congratulations Swati on this amazing piece of work.

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