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Split by Swati Avasthi

Split is about a sixteen-year old boy named Jace Witherspoon who has a less then perfect life. His father abuses him along with his mother; before his brother Christian ran away, he abused him too. One day, it got to be too much for him to handle so he fought back with his father. Then, his father kicked him out, and he had nowhere left to go except Christian’s house. Once there, he thought he could get a new start on life and everything would finally go right. He was totally wrong. His ex- girlfriend threats to reveal his secrets and he constantly worries about his mother who refuses to leave her husband no matter how much he hurts her.

Split is a great novel that kept me guessing until the end, and it is one of those books that I kept wondering about even after it was finished. It is a great novel and one that could be read over and over again. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. I had trouble putting down. It is found in the Collins Hill library with the call number of FIC AVA. If you are looking for an easy book to read I would recommend it to everyone. It is not an overly girly book or one meant just for guys. It is a great book for teens and adults too.

~Grace J. 2011

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March 8, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank is my kind of book in the way that it deals with some real life materials such as drugs, alcohol, and abuse which could be someone’s actual everyday life. To me, the book was mainly about a very abusive relationship with her boyfriend, never really dealing with the fact that her sister always did everything the right way, and also grief for that situation. The author’s style is one that I’m not familiar with but have always heard of – poetic and even journal-like. She built the characters very well and made me want to go deeper into the story and the main character’s, Bree’s and her sister Kristina’s, lives.

This book is for anyone who is into non-fiction and is not afraid of stories that are interesting. To me, this novel stands on its own. It’s not a book that could be misunderstood and that makes it a good book for both boys and girls. For me, I kind of figured that the book would be as good as it was because, even now, I still hear reviews, and this book has been on my list forever. I was so worried about how long it would take me to read this 537 page novel with so many other things going on, but it was easy. I was eager to turn to the next page because of the story and how the plot got thicker.

~ Destinee R., Class of ’11

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , , | Leave a comment