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Split by Swati Avasthi
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Jul 31, 12

bookshelves: issues, young-adult

I grabbed SPLIT on an impulse and didn't have many specific expectations, but halfway through, I was reading the author's bio because she SO persuasively writes from a male perspective, something I admire extra much because I know how challenging it was for me in THE KNIFE AND THE BUTTERFLY.

The plotting of the novel is excellent, with each thread of the story propelling the action forward. There's a count-down dimension that ups the tension considerably. The book has a wildly upbeat ending for a book about domestic violence, but it's an ending that is earned by the protag's incremental growth through the course of the novel.

This is a no-brainer choice/recommendation for fans of Chris Crutcher--the voice of the novel really reminded me of WHALE TALK.
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