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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,729 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Swati Avasthi Narrator: Joshua Swanson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sixteen-year-old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a relandscaped 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This taut, complex family drama depicts abuse unflinchingly but focuses on healing, growth and learning to take responsibility for one’s own anger. —Kirkus Reviews
  • raw and intimate, dramatic and poetic. School Library Journal
    Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2010:
  • Review, Booklist, January 1, 2010
  • A nuanced and mournful work; Avasthi is a writer to watch.” 
  • Review, Publishers Weekly, January 25, 2010:
  • gripping and heartbreaking. Publishers Weekly
  • Review, School Library Journal, March 2010:

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandee Terry | 1/25/2014

    " This book was painful at times and wonderful at others. I loved the Jace and Christian, I really disliked Mirriam. Overall a terrific book and a definite must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christie | 1/17/2014

    " Boy, I read this quickly! I very much enjoyed the complexity of these characters, and the writing is excellent. I can't wait to read Avasthi's next book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Miss Grady | 12/8/2013

    " Really good story about abuse and how you really can heal from the pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kara | 5/3/2013

    " this book was amazing! I couldn't lay it down!! "

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