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Avasthi, Swati: Split

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Split (2010)
Author: Swati Avasthi
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 280 (hardcover)
Series: Stand Alone

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Why I Read It: This book has received many favourable reviews from bloggers I trust and/or have similar tastes with.

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Final Verdict: I don't think I've ever come across a more insightful look into the realities of domestic abuse. This book is already different in that it looks at what happens AFTER someone has escaped the abuser and needs to figure out what to do, but it also looks at the situation from all directions, and sheds light on why people tolerate living with an abuser, or make excuses for them. There are many scenes which are potentially triggering, and which made me uncomfortable (but these scenes are never gratuitous), so that's something to take heed of before reading. If that doesn't bother you, then I strongly recommend picking this up.

Cover Commentary: The keys are pretty integral to the story (thematically speaking), and I like the simplicity of this cover. The paperback was released back in January and while it's not HORRIBLE, I find it a little too generic for my tastes (and I found it screams: "I AM AN *ISSUE* BOOK!!!")

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