4.7/5-It took me over a month to finish this book not because it was slow, boring, or uncreative, but because I couldn’t bring myself to finish the last few chapters I had left. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. The book made me so angry at times, yet still made me laugh a lot and cry too.

(Summary from Goodreads)

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?

(My Opinion)

This book was amazing, most of the characters flew off of the pages because they were so  funny and creative. Well-written without too much description or explanation in the first few chapters that it was a quick and easy read. A very moving tale about abuse where we learn the different sides to his family. The idea for this novel was executed almost perfectly with a good amount of flashbacks and touching moments.

Almost perfect in my eyes. There are a lot of books that I wished were tweaked a bit better or were a bit clearer on some parts so that I could put it up in my “Forever love and cherish” book pile. Swati Avasthi’s Debut novel could have been clearer on a few of the secondary characters. I wished she made Jace’s ex-girlfriend clearer and more history about his best friend.

Such an emotional book! I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it for the longest time because I didn’t want Jace’s adventure to end. I loved how his brother, Christian acted towards Jace near the ending because it surprised me, I thought Christian would have reacted differently. Also, the flashbacks about Jace;s old life and what he liked about it and what he despised because most of them were about his father. In this book, I loved how the relationships between Jace’s brother and his new friends weren’t too fast and they were very unpredictable while the slowly blooming romance was in fact that. Slowly blooming. Holy crap, the writing style was what I loved from authors. It was so easy to read that, the words flew off the page and I couldn’t remember if the book was past or present tense because I was so caught up in the story of Jace.

An amazing novel about getting over the past and fighting to not become the monster you’ve known all your life. A total must read for everyone. Swati Avasthi’s next novel will probably be a smash hit if its anything similar to Split.

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Flip By Martyn Bedford

3.5 I hate to say it, but if it wasn’t for the cover I wouldn’t have gave this book a second glance. 

One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to  bed. He wakes up to  find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it’s the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers.

And when he looks in the mirror, another boy’s face stares back at him.  A boy named FlipUnless Alex finds out what’s happened and how to get back to his own life,  he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else.  

What I don’t like about this book is that it reminded me too much of ”freaky friday’ with Lindsay Lohan. Only it was with boys and they never met each other. I wish Martyn Bedford did something different with the boys’ personalities instead of making them complete opposites. Also, for me, the beginning was a bit bland, like there was a bit of something good but not enough for me to actually sit down and read through it. The characters were somewhat original but not as much as I would have liked them to be and I felt like, since it is in third person, that there should have been another point of view and not just Alex’s. 

What I like about this book is the cover. Am I the only one who thinks the guy on the cover is really cute? I hope not. But on the actual book, I like the ending because it wasn’t what I expected would happen. It was different and I got clammy fingers from freaking out. I also like that while Alex is in Flip’s body, he had a friend who he could always count on to help him figure out what to do in Flip’s body. It made it seem like Alex wasn’t as alone as he thought he was which is a good thing. Even though I found this book a but bland for most of it, I would recommend it to someone who is maybe looking for their guardian angel/older sibling in someone.