Monday, 8 July 2013

Between the lives

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life i prefer. And every night when I Cinderlla 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...

Life has always been complex for Sabine, living two lives where she is physically the same but different in every other way is an exhausting task. But that has always been the way life is for Sabine. As Roxbury Sabine she’s your average teenager, she has hard working parents, a younger sister who worships her, questionable friends and exhibits delinquent behaviour. In direct contrast Wellesley Sabine lives a life of privilege, with annoying older brothers, the perfect boyfriend, great friends and academic success. Life for Sabine is 24 hours in one life before ‘shifting’ to the other for the next 24 hours at midnight. Nothing ever changes…until now. When Sabine breaks her arm in one life she discovers a loophole that sends her into a spiral of dangerous experimentation. Is one life truly better than two? What’s worth risking for happiness we think we want? How does Sabine choose the perfect life, if there is such a thing.

Ok WOW…Between the lives is a clever, genuine and masterfully unique tale that will captivate the reader with the turn of every page. Be warned this book is emotional  Jessica’s writing has a way of pulling the reader in, making them feel everything Sabine feels including her despair, her strength and her confusion as she attempts to navigate the waters of her lives with the new rules in place. Sabine is quite relatable, she’s experiencing all the angst that come with the teenage years, struggling to find her identity and her place in the world, but in a unique way. Ethan as a supporting character is charming and mysterious and an excellent sound bar for Sabine as she struggles to figure out her lives. The writing, the plot and the characters all gel together for an insanely good read.  The storyline is quite heavy, dealing with some serious issues, which takes the reader on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride but one that is totally worth the journey. Between the lives is unlike anything I’ve read before, it is touching, honest, intense and heartbreaking all at once. Do not pass on this one….

Courtney :)


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