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Split by Swati Avasthi
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bookshelves: abuse, dysfunctional-families, identity-formation-bildungsroman, relationship-fiction, siblings, young-adult
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** Spoilers--do not read if you do not want to know the gist of the plot **

Based on outward appearances, sixteen-year-old Jace Witherspoon has an enviable life. He lives in an upscale Chicago neighborhood with his homemaker mother and his respected father, Judge Witherspoon. Only Jace and his mother know that inside the house Judge Witherspoon turns into an abusive and controlling monster.

As Split begins, Jace has split from everything he knows and has arrived at his brother Christian's door--a brother who split long time ago, a brother who Jace has not seen in many years. Christian fled voluntarily; Jace was kicked out after fighting back while attempting to defend his mother.

Split follows Jace as he attempts to make a new home for himself with Christian, attempts to reconcile with who he has become as the result of many years of abuse, and attempts to heal from his physical and emotional scars. Jace learns that one cannot move into the future without reconciling with one's past. Split is one of the most compelling works of fiction about effects of domestic violence on all those involved that I have ever read, and I highly recommend it. Strong characters, believable plot, realistic ending, and more await all reader willing to give this one a go.
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