Jace still feels like her broke her spirit, and Lauren, to convince both herself and Jace, slaps him to get even. Yet, Christian is reluctant to even think about his past and the dynamics between the two brothers are awkward at best. Wasting any emotion though only anger just felt indulgent for me. The story is fairly simple: Jace has an abusive father. Did their mother come along with Jace? He's one of those characters I seem to love so much, the ones I recognize as grey. Split, while being a novel about domestic violence on the surface, really goes so much deeper to explore the psychological effects of this abuse and detail a wonderful journey towards change. I spent most of the novel thinking I would give it 5 stars, but there was something a little unresolved for me.
Or at least, I used to. Split, while being a novel about domestic violence on the surface, really goes so much deeper to explore the psychological effects of this abuse and detail a wonderful journey towards change. This kind of blurriness seems to extend to all other characters too. And the smile would leave her. How it affects families, the family members who are victims of abuse and those who just witness abuse from a distance.
Will the law be able to give out the death sentence? With Christian, Jace can finally find the family he wants and with Jace, Christian can finally begin to accept his brutal past. Yet, when it came to writing a review for Split, I avoided it like the plague. It is a must-read for absolutely everyone and I cannot recommend it enough. I am surprised Avasthi chose not to have a big confrontation with the abuser. Or at least, I used to. Not only does the story seem true and impeccably well researched and presented, but Avasthi is a gifted writer: her prose is stunning, her ability to create atmosphere, to bring light into darkness, to add levity to intensity, and to draw a reader in and build a story towards a gripping rising climax. Split is a shockingly realistic look, not only at the effect domestic violence can have on ones life, but the struggle to move on from a horrible past and look forward in life.
So, bear with me while I get a few things off my chest and address these characters because I know no other way to review this book. So stories like this just tear my heart. Never blame others for your mistakes. Especially when we read truly horrifying news reports like this. The story focuses mainly on two brothers, Jace and Christian Witherspoon.
It's hugely compelling and a fabulously written book. Yet, Christian is reluctant to even think about his past and the dynamics between the two brothers are awkward at best. And that transition, folks, is worth seeing. Throughout the whole story, Jace has one goal: to save his mother from the pain afflicted by his father. Besides Jace, my favorite character in the book was Mirriam, Christian's girlfriend. We are all peripherally aware of its unfortunate existence. To call you a weak coward is not enough.
Despite the hard punch this book packs I do want you to know it is not just one big tension-filled, heart-aching angst. Second, sometimes the writing seemed a little too simplistic and repetitive. Dakota tells Jace that she will need some time, and he understands, telling her that he will be there if she ever wants him. The story realistically portrayed the struggles of a teenage boy to escape his abusive father, find his older brother and save his mother. I hate her because I want to live with Jace and Dakota, to cheer them on as they build I hate very few people, but Ms. This is my way of saying that despite its imperfections, home has always been my refuge. On a whole, I especially loved the two brothers Jace and Christian, and the dynamic in both their relationships to Mirriam, but did not care so much for the romantic aspect focusing on Dakota and Lauren.
Yet, when it came to writing a review for Split, I avoided it like the plague. You probably never heard of this. I'm not of the tear-shedding, heart-warming or hair-pulling kind. Jace Witherspoon is a determined, responsible, and secretive sixteen year-old teen. He often made me grin and also swoon. The former plays quite a big role in Split.
. Go now and read this book. I think most importantly what I liked about him was his genuine want to change. That kind of bullshit made her positively furious, and she was oh so right to be. Swati Avasthi your experience in having coordinated a domestic-violence legal clinic made you the perfect candidate for writing this novel.
A really great start to my new reading year, I will read anything this author publishes. I think you should read this. Will you still stick up to your marriage vow? I love how the author creates Jace and Christian. It makes you understand and witness how many women are conditioned to get used to domestic violence and why some are easier targets than others. This kind of abuse would have to damage your psyche in some way, but not necessarily in the exact same ways. I didn't like how the ending seemed to be an acceptance that some people are just doomed to stay with their violent partner for the rest of their life. But he's a boy who's suffered abuse from his father ever since his big brother, Christian, left him dry.
And that when he left, Jace would just step into his place. Avasthi has written a remarkable and powerful story. The characters just blew me away. Jace is a captivating character. I hate her for making me cry all the way down Massachusetts 3 on my way to Lawrence School in Falmouth.