Thursday, 7 August 2014

Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.
Between the Lives
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Between the Lives(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)
18-year-old Sabine leads two lives. At midnight every day she ‘shifts’ into her other life, and relives the day.
When she breaks her wrist in one life and doesn’t have it in the other, she begins to wonder if she could kill herself in one life, and continue to live the other.
Will Sabine’s plan work? And should she even be considering this?

This story started out okay, but I quickly became bored.

Sabine was an okay character, only I felt like she didn’t think things through properly before deciding to do something. Her plans were just risky, and testing out more than one thing at once was always not a very clever idea.

The storyline in this was okay, but I lost interest. The story started to drag quite early on, and I got bored. Sabine’s decision to admit to her parents in one life what she had been doing, and telling them about her multiple lives was just ridiculous. It was obvious that they were going to think she was nuts, and if she’d only thought about it first she’d have realised that.
There was some romance in this, but I liked the love interest in one life more than in the other. Why, oh why, Sabine wanted to sleep with a boy that she didn’t even really like was quite beyond me.
The ending to this was quite sad, and then had a little hope right at the end. I felt quite sorry for Sabine, but I also thought she was a little short-sighted, how many people would love to have more than one life to live?!
Overall; I lost interest,
4.5 out of 10.

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