Monday, 28 July 2014

Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

Pages: 336
Publisher: Orchard Books
Released: 8th July 2014

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?

 What I Have To Say 

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't a great feat of literature. It didn't have beautiful sentences from cover to cover, although there were a few notable ones. But what it did have was a really sympathetic character, an interesting concept and a really easy to read story. 

I found the idea of living two separate lives really interesting. And found Sabine's frustration with it all very believable, especially when she was pulled from one world to the other in inconvenient times. I wanted her to keep both worlds through the entire book, but I could understand completely why she didn't want to. 

There were a few parts that were gripping, especially towards the end of the book. But on a whole it was a little slow. Especially when there was an exciting scene in one world but not in the other and you have to go through several chapters to get through to the next bit. 

But on the whole it was really good. Such and interesting concept and a nice resolution, even if not every question got resolved. 

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