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Split by Stefan Petrucha
Young Adult – March 16th 2010 by Walker Books for Young Readers
Sliding Doors meets Fight Club, when one teen’s life is split in two very different directions.
Wade Jackson has always felt split, his love for playing and writing music competing with his ambition to do well in school. But when his mother dies, this need for order competes with his desire to leave it all behind. What follows is a split in his consciousness that takes him to two very different worlds.
Told in alternating chapters that together form one cohesive story, Split follows both Wades as they pursue what they think is the correct path. One Wade continues working hard in school, pulling all-nighters towrite a computer code he believes will save the world. The other Wade pursues the dream of being a dive-bar singer, pulling all-nighters to party, gamble, and live on the edge. But when these two worlds begin to collide, each Wade will need to find a balance between control and abandon, order and chaos, lifemissed and life lost, in order to save himself.
I absolutely love the concept of getting to watch the same character making different choices. It is something we all wonder about, and I love the idea of being able to actually explore both! And, hey!, a male protagonist for a change! Y’all didn’t think I was getting sexist on ya?