Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past Midnight
by Jessica Shirvington
336 pages
NetGalley- Bloomsbury
July 2014

Book Jacket Summary
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
Another crying book... It was worth it though. Sabine is living two parallel lives where she very different lives. In one she has everything she could ever want- money, popularity, and a gorgeous boyfriend but she feels so unsatisfied. In the other she is struggling but does love her little sister. Then one day she breaks her arm and it is not connected  to the other world. Are the lines between worlds blurring? Does Sabine have to make a choice? 
I really did feel drawn to Sabine and her dual lives. It is hard enough making the most of one life let alone two. Her experience gets dire as her parents parents in the first world have her committed in an asylum where she must try and convince the doctors that she is not crazy. She also meets Ethan, an intern at the hospital and begins to fall in love with him. He helps her, listens to her and ultimately believes that she is experiencing two lives.
I got sucked into the drama as it unfolded and as each world gave Sabine a reason to stay and go. It was hard to see how she would get out of the situations that came up. That was delightful because I am so used to being able to predict things. This was a great use of parallel worlds and a cunning way to end it. The romance was believable and I enjoyed the character development that Sabine has throughout the story. I would recommend this one to those who like parallel worlds and those who must learn to navigate them.  
Book Pairings
Parallel by Lauren Miller
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick
Pivot Point by Kasie West


1 comment:

  1. I tend to have a tough time with parallel universes in books, but I have to admit that this one sounds different. It's interesting to see how both worlds bleed into each other.


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