It's been quite awhile since I talked about an audiobook. My library system here is severely lacking in their audiobook selection, especially in the YA department, but I've finally found a fantastic one. Split by Swati Avasthi is read by Joshua Swanson and is nominated for the Cybil Awards this year. Yippee! I knocked a nominee off the list and was able to listen to a fantastic reading of an intense book.
The book opens with Jace being kicked out of his house in Chicago by his abusive father and making the quick decision to drive all the way to Albuquerque to hopefully live with his estranged brother Christian, who managed to get out of the family years before and has started over with a new life for himself.
When Jace shows up on Christian's doorstep, the brothers make an attempt to create a new relationship and build a strange sort of family. Unfortunately, the years of abusive the boys suffered at the hand have changed their perspectives on how to work together, how to share emotions, and how to deal with people in general. Jace has begun to take after his father with his temper and pride, and Christian is emotionally distant and filled with guilt over leaving Jace and his mother behind to face the wrath of their father.
This book is a gem in so many ways. Avasthi did an amazing job at creating this realistic journey for Jace and Christian and had the voices perfect for each boy. The story is a raw look into what abuse can do to a family, as well as to individuals, but a little bit of humor is injected into the pages to take the edge off the tension and intensity of the subject. The reader does a fantastic job at channeling the awkwardness between Jace and Christian and the intimacy of domestic violence.
I loved this book something fierce! Definitely one of the best I've read this year.
Audio, read by Joshua Swanson
Borrowed from my local library