Between The Lives - Jessica Shirvington
Source: Courtesy of Orchard Books via NetGalley
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 that bring her dangerously close to the life she's always wanted. But if she can only have one life, which is the one she'll choose?
Shut up! You cannot stop there aarrrggghhh! Oh I'm so frustrated. I hate endings that leave you dangling. Surprisingly though as much as I hate it this one had not irritated me.
Between The Lives follows eighteen year old protagonist Sabine as she struggles to understand more about her double life. From as far back as she can remember she has lived two lives with two different families two different social circles and two different looks, but just one of her. Both lives are in Boston, but in different parts. Every night at midnight Sabine will miraculously wake up in her other life she spends Twentyfour hours there and then at midnight again she transfers or shifts as she calls it and does another twenty fours hours in her other life.
After breaking her arm in her life in Roxbury, she starts to panic thinking how she is going to get away with a broken arm in her life in Wellesley. Coming to the conclusion to throw herself down the stairs to justify it she shifts and to her surprise finds out her arm when in Wellesley is perfectly alright. Startled by this, she becomes interested in how far things can go I between lives, the more she does, the more she realises that she could actually live just one life. Be normal like everybody else, be able to be honest and open up as herself instead of lying all the time. She knows which life she would choose, but it is a hard choice. Her life in Roxbury is a bit flat, her parents are pharmacy managers and constantly working, her home is run down, she has one friend Capri, and a six-year old sister who she absolutely adores called Maddie. Her life in Wellesley is completely different she is at the top of the league in everything she does, she has a huge house and the best things money can buy, a boyfriend Dex who idolises her and two best friends Miriam and Lucy, her father is a lawyer and divorced from her mother, but they have a great friendship still, and she has two older brothers Lucas and Ryan who she does not get on with. So she starts to put plan into action to see where she will end.
What a book. From start to finish you are wide-eyed and shocked like you've been slapped, the unexpected twists just keep coming and coming. It is brilliant. The plot is incredible and it flows fantastically. Even though characters are kept to a minimum they are well thought out. It's written that well that I actually thought it was a true life read. It really is good.
I would recommend this to anybody wanting an intriguing, mind working read packed full of weird and brilliant things. It may be a YA book, but in my opinion it is better than a lot of the set books I have read.
Buy it. You know you want too.