(Previously Between the Lives)
by Jessica Shirvington
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 22, 2014)
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Sabine isn’t like anyone else. For as long as she can remember, she’s had two lives. Every twenty-four hours she ‘Shifts’, living each day twice. In one life, Sabine has everything: popular friends, expensive clothes, perfect grades, and the guy everyone wants. In the other, Sabine’s family struggles with finances, and she and her friends are considered rebels. But then she meets Ethan. He’s gorgeous, challenging, and he makes her feel like no one ever has before.
All Sabine really wants is the chance to live one life. When it seems like this might finally be possible, Sabine begins a series of dangerous experiments to achieve her goal. But is she willing to risk everything—including the one person who might actually believe her?
At a Glance:
I didn't expect to love this book SO MUCH, but I did. It reminded me a lot of PIVOT POINT by Kassie West. On an acid trip. The range of emotions that I experienced while reading this was incredible. This book made me feel things, good and bad, and I'm so glad that I read it!
Living Two Lives:
Sabine lives every day twice, but it isn't the same day. In one life, her family is well-off, she is popular, she has the "perfect" boyfriend, she's gorgeous, and she thinks she is happy. Or at least as happy as anyone can be. In the other, her family life is a little more complicated. She has ignored this life for so long that she's an outcast, and eventually begins to rebel, because that's what's expected. What she really wants is to be normal, not having to lie about her lives, but she doesn't see any way out, because whatever happens to her in one life (broken bones, illnesses etc) travels with her to the next. Until her eighteenth birthday, when all that changes. But just when she's decided to "let one life go," she meets a guy who makes her rethink everything she's been hoping for.
The thing that completely drew me into this story was just how compelling it was. It was so intelligently planned out and written. The drama that Sabine faces (and brings upon herself) filled me with anxiety, and hope, and fear, and frustration. I loved how urgent everything felt. Once I got into the story, I just could not stop. I devoured this book.
I really loved the contrast between the two relationships in her two different lives. Her "perfect" Wellesley boyfriend was the one who was supposed to be ideal for her. She was supposed to be happy with him. He was popular and fun, and he adored her (or adored that she was his perfect match). But something was missing. When she meets Ethan in her other life, he challenges her to rethink her lives. No matter how much she fights it. He helps her to see the value in both of her lives, or at least to consider it. He cares for her because of who she is, not because she's the right "fit" for him. I loved the way their relationship developed. I guess it may have been a little quick, but it didn't feel like it. It just felt right, and I couldn't help but root for them, even when things looked hopeless.
What an ending! So intense and heartbreaking, thrilling and stressful! If I was a crying girl, I may have shed a few tears. But through it all, there is hope, and growth, and I was left feeling happy and totally satisfied. I loved it, and with the feeling of a contemporary romance with a little of the paranormal thrown in there, I highly recommend it to everyone!