Book Mash [8]

A feature on Nawanda Files that is math...for books, where we mash up new and old releases with books, tv and movies. What equals our favorite reads? Find out in the simple equation below.

Combine a heavy subject (aka, an issues book) with brother-relationships, an in-depth look at a male character's psyche (so powerful), and a concept about "what it means to be a man."

What do you get?

by Swati Avasthi
Publisher: Ember
Release Date: January 24th, 2012
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Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.

He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.

At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers won’t be able to put this intense page-turner down.

Both Krista and I can agree that this has to be our favorite "issues" book. It deals with physical abuse, and also has a good look on how it affects each sibling differently in a family. If you haven't read this one, you need to asap. For those of you who've already devoured Split, do you agree with the Mash?

This feature will replace Like This, Try This and usually be posted on Fridays. Feel free to create a Book Mash of your own!


  1. I haven't heard of this novel before but I definitely love how it sounds. I really loed pushing the limits and the perks of being a wallflower, and have yet to read twisted. I'll have to check this book out! P.S. I really like this meme, it's unique!
    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

    1. Thanks Shae! If you like both Pushing the Limits and Perks, you'd really like Split. I'd suggest it to pretty much anyone. It's a book that stays with you for a long, long time :)