Friday, May 15, 2020

Splintered by Jon McGoran - HIGH

Splintered (Spliced #2) by Jon McGoran, 346 pages. Holiday House, 2019. $19.

Language: R (114 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13



It feels like a lifetime has passed since what happened in Pitman a few months ago. 17yo Jimi has finally regained her mother’s trust to the point that Jimi and Kevin will be left alone this weekend. Despite all intentions to simply spend time with her chimera boyfriend, Rex, Jimi finds herself once again in a position where she has to stand up for what she believes, even if that means going against what others say she should be doing.

As Jimi’s story continues, it seems somewhat preposterous that a teenager is placed in a position -- again -- to save others who are suffering. However, the more I read McGoran’s gripping series, the more I hope that we can all have a little bit of Jimi in us. All of us, at any age, can stand up for good when we see others wronged. If we each become advocates for good, then there will be less bad to go around. Everyone deserves to be treated as people with worth, as Jimi strives to do despite the hard choices she faces. The violence rating is for blood, illegal activity, gun use, and murder.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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