Plot Summary

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
Written in first person POV present tense. I normally am not crazy about present tense, but it worked well in this book.

I found this book to be thrilling. I loved Jace, his inner battle with his fear of being like his father is incredible. It’s easy to feel his pain and fear and it’s wonderful to long for a better life for him and his brother.

I loved the complex relationship between the brothers. Christian felt an obvious responsiblity toward his brother and a strong regret he struggled with for leaving his little brother behind. But he still held onto the hate he had for his father and it showed through as he tried to deal with Jace’s outburst of anger.

Jace longed to reconnect with Christian, he missed him deeply and he was afraid of his brother rejecting him. He struggled frequently with his temper and was in awe at his brothers ability to control his emotions so effectivly. 

This is a deeply emotional book about abuse and the damage it can cause both physically as well as emotionally. Beautifully written with well developed characters it pulls you in and makes you want more.

Split does contain graphic and horrific flashbacks of abuse, so if you struggle with stories of physical and emotional abuse, you might skip this one.

If you’re a fan of brother stories, I would say this on is at the top of my list of recommendations.