Review: Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington.

October 30, 2014 Book 3 ★★★★

Review: Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington.Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult
Published by Hachette Children's Book on 2014-08-07
Source: Netgalley, Provided by Publisher
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The perfect life or the perfect love. You choose.

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?

A compelling psychological thriller about a girl who lives two parallel lives - this is Sliding Doors for the YA audience

I’ve read books about parallel lives so many times I’ve already lost count. I thought I had seen it all when it came to this book, however, Between the Lives or One Past Midnight really surprised me.

I think this book is the definition of a guilty pleasure. I remember while reading it encountering some problems with the book (annoyance with the main character, inconsistencies, etc) but honestly when the romance kicked in, I threw all my judgments out the window and decided to kick back and enjoy the book.

If I’m going to be completely honest, the romance in this book is by far the best part. Ethan is an amazing love interest, because he showed Sabine something to live for. Sabine has always just “existed” but thanks to Ethan, she learned how to live. Ethan cared deeply for Sabine and always tried to help her be a better version of herself. And I LOVED that. Their relationship was so very sweet and every single one of their interactions made my heart melt. I even came to like Sabine more because she finally came into being her own person.

Sabine’s life is definitely very complicated. Every night, at midnight, she is sucked into a different life. She has two very different lives. Every life is a different family, a different school, different friends, etc. And one day, she realizes that she can choose which life she wants to live.

I could never be in Sabine’s position! How could I choose between two lives? I loved her siblings in each of her lives, and I think she would truly have missed out on something in both of them.

Sabine’s journey to controlling her lives was one I definitely loved watching. I think that Sabine completely changed and evolved as a character by the end of it. Speaking of, that ending was GUT-WRENCHING. I was a mess of emotions when something big happened, and I wanted to punch a wall or something. Thankfully, the author gave us an amazing resolution that fixed everything.

My only complaint, of course, is the fact that her two lives were not explained. However, since I’ve read multiple lives books before, I realize this is a bit common between them. Plus the book was so marvelous throughout that I really did not mind. This is one book I’ll be rereading once I have the physical copy in my hands.

This is a contemporary story with a parallel lives aspect; the romance is very swoon-worthy and the ending will leave you satisfied; definitely recommend this book.

‘”I want to know that if I drift off to sleep by accident one day, I’ll wake up in the same place. I want to live each day once, the best that I can live it.”
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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • I can’t remember the last time when I read a book that featured parallel lives, so even though you weren’t wowed by certain aspects of this story, they’d probably elude me completely. Hehe! Plus, the fact that the romantic aspects were the strongest bodes well for me. Nice review!

  • Fantastic review, Marianne! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one – it’s been on my TBR for quite a while now, so I really should get onto it!