Monday, 15 April 2013

(ARC) Book Review (221): Between The Lives - Jessica Shirvington


Between the Lives

Publication: 1st May 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary
Age Appropriate: Young Adult

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?

My Thoughts...
Wow, this book was absolutely amazing, one of the best books of the year!

A fast paced, emotion-packed story of a girl named Sabine who's stuck living two alternate lives, (every 24 hours at midnight she swaps lives) in one life she's a rich kid with two brothers and in the other her parents work 24/7 to save money for Sabine and her sisters college education.

Resigned to living her life or lives this way, it's not until she breaks her arm in one of them that she discovers that it didn't cross over into the next one, which then starts her experiments in injuring herself on purpose to see the outcome.

And then she meets Ethan, and through this emotionally devastating friendship/relationship she realises that what she thought she wanted isn't really what she wanted or needed all along and that it's up to her to make herself happy by doing what she wants to do and not just what's expected of her.

Through the heart-wrenching ending which had me in tears is a fantastic and unique novel which just begs to be read over and over again.

This is the first book that I've read of Jessica's and it sure won't be the last, I can't express enough how much I loved this book.

Highly recommended, everybody needs to read this.

I give this 5/5.

A Big Thanks To Harper Collins Australia.

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