Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 09 Mar 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: Now I have to start lying.
Internet, this is a review that has been a long time in the making because its been so hard to find the right words to say just how amazing this story was. Split by Swati Avasthi is a story about two brothers, Jace and Christian, who haven’t seen each other in years. In fact, Christian has been hiding and desperately doesn’t want to be found. So when Jace shows up on his doorstep one night all his careful plans just seem to evaporate. There is so much tension and longing in Split that it often makes your heart ache for these two brothers. Both who are carrying way too many secrets to bear.
This story is mostly told in a linear timeline with flashes to what made Jace leave his affluent home in the Chicago suburbs where he was living with his parents. But just because things look pretty on the outside doesn’t mean that dark secrets lurk below. Because Jace’s father is abusive and there is nothing anyone can do about it as his a prominent man in the community. I loved how this book broke the stereotype that abusive parents are from the middle or lower classes. Lack of money doesn’t make a person want to destroy another person after all.
Spilt is a great story about rediscovering who you are. Its about overcoming the demons of the past and forging a new future. Its about rebuilding bridges that you thought were burned and its about learning to trust again. The bond between the brothers is strong and I really loved watching as they learned to trust each other again. Even though they constantly lived in fear of discovery. This was a book that really sucked me in and was one that I read quickly as I just couldn’t get enough of the story.
Another good thing about this book is that its a great book for boys. The narrator is male and while there is some romance in the story its not the dominating story line. The bulk of this story is learning to cope with a new life, a new identity, and in dealing with the demons of the past. Everyone has demons that they would like to forget, granted they aren’t all as bad as the ones Jace faces, but this is a good book to show that no matter what you can overcome them. It wasn’t perfect but looking back its hard to remember the flaws. If you haven’t read this one yet then you really need to look out for it as its definitely worth your time.