Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens on July 22, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.
Until now, that is...
For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.
With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?
“Life’s too short. If Ethan taught me anything, that would be it. I want to get on with living mine.”
“You said you wanted someone to know you. Maybe I just want to have someone know me too. Without you in this world, the memories of every moment we’ve shared together will be gone. We only exist because others see us. Part of my existence…an important part, only exists because you are here to see it.”
I had actually been eyeing this book when it was released in Australia under the title Between the Lives. I love Jessica Shirvington’s stories and this one sounded really interesting.
Sabine has two lives: in the town of Wellesley, she’s popular with a perfect boyfriend and perfect friends. In Roxbury, she has a little sister and a best friend named Capri. Every night when the clock strikes midnight Sabine would undergo “the shift” and switch from one life to the next. But one day the rules of the shift change: when she goes from one life to the next, injured in the first and not in the second, she finds a loophole. Which brings her to the conclusion that maybe if she died in one life, she would only have to live the other.
This novel was unlike anything that I’ve read before. The premise of a girl stuck between two lives, switching between them every day was something that I had not heard of before this novel. That on its own made this novel extremely engaging. I had no idea what to expect because this wasn’t a trope that had been done before. I couldn’t get enough of this book–I both wanted to favor it and read faster. The pacing was great and there was always something going on. I was extremely invested in the outcome of the characters.
Sabine lived two lives: one of a somewhat-punk and one of a city elite. I really liked the contrast in the lives that she lived. It was interesting to see how she adapted to her respective lives. Sabine, in one life, ended up being locked up in a psychiatric hospital where she met Ethan. She was determined to get out of there. She was vey strong minded. She had a vulnerability: never feeling like she was living her own life because she was split between two. This made her more relatable throughout the novel.
Ethan had secrets that he was hiding from Sabine for the duration of the novel. Near the end it was easy to figure it out but I liked the suspense leading up to that point. He was the only one that gave Sabine what she needed: someone who believed her, believed that she was living two different lives. Ethan was kind of a jerk until he warmed up to Sabine but he was pretty cool of a guy. He was trying so hard to get Sabine to live and be happy instead of trying to take one of her lives. I liked his character.
The romance in this novel was pretty short lived. Actually, there were two. Ethan in one life, Dex in the other. Obviously the romance with Ethan was more real. She was with Dex simply because it was expected of her. So we won’t talk about him. Ethan really helped Sabine and they went well with each other. He taught her that it was worth it to live no matter how much she thought it wasn’t worth it with two lives. There was a deep emotional connection between them.
Jessica Shirvington has written something unlike anything out there in the YA genre; One Past Midnight was compelling, enthralling, and just overall captivating.
When Mom and Denise weren’t looking, I slid my notebook onto the counter. I kept a magazine resting on top of it, so when customers came in they wouldn’t see the list.
- Test blood theory – exterior physical reaction
- Test hair – pigment and removal
- Test laxatives – internal physical response
- Test Poison – loss of consciousness and organ failure
If points one through four achieve a successful outcome, proceed to next point.
I chewed on a fingernail, staring at what I’d just written. Could it really be that simple? I didn’t know, but even so… I crossed out the last point. It was too early for that. Points one through four first. Then I’d worry about what would happen next.