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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: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307579959
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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
  • 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:
  • raw and intimate, dramatic and poetic. School Library Journal
     
    Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2010:

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Kara | 5/3/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 3/5/2013

    " I just couldn't get into this book, nothing really happened and even right at the end I could quite easily put it down with no need to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia K | 1/24/2013

    " i loved it and i think i would tell people to this book and i feel that your in the book with your self and and the family "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 11/11/2012

    " What a great first novel. Bravo! (My daughter loved it too.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 10/31/2012

    " A tough read due to subject content. Really hit close to home (too close). Avasthi writes this story very well and does not "hollywoodize" it. it is raw and heartfelt. Interesting to see it from the different characters point of views. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rayliene | 4/3/2012

    " I absolutely loved this book, so sad and tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 6/25/2011

    " Read my full review on Forever Young Adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendi | 5/21/2011

    " Wow! I am in awe. One of the best books I have read this year. I couldn't put it down and I could see every second of it. I love realistic books written between two brushes and this one didn't disappoint. Graphic at times and for mature readers but realistic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/20/2011

    " Hard to read at times but done well. Important perspective of domestic abuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cass | 4/7/2011

    " Though the abuse was difficult to read about, I really liked the relationship between the two brothers and how it evolved. I also thought the parts about the younger boy taking on the tendencies of his father and choosing not to pursue that path would be enlightening to a teen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jo | 4/3/2011

    " I liked the strength of the characters in this book. Christian and Jace had a lot to confront and it was uplifting to see how they struggled through their conflicts instead of being buried by them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 3/20/2011

    " Depressing, yet poignant and sometimes funny. Despite the fact that I couldn't put it down (because I have to read it for class tomorrow), I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 3/18/2011

    " Great book. YA. Crossover. How ever you want to categorize it, Split is a super novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 3/6/2011

    " Definitely deserving of its CYBILS award. Excellent young adult novel. "

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About the Author
Swati Avasthi teaches creative writing and is working toward her MFA at the University of Minnesota, where she received a grant to complete Split. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their two children.
About the Narrator

Joshua Swanson is an actor and voice-over talent. He’s worked in major motion pictures and television and as a voice talent has worked in all facets of the business. An award-winning audiobook narrator with over sixty titles to his name, Swanson has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards.