Sunday, August 10, 2014

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

Genre:  YA Sci-Fi Contemporary

Description (taken from Jessica Shirvington's website):
Sabine isn’t like anyone else. For as long as she can remember, she’s had two lives. Every twenty-four hours she ‘Shifts’, living each day twice. She has one life in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and another, completely different life in Roxbury, Boston.

In Wellesley, Sabine has everything she could ever want. Glamorous friends, a designer wardrobe, perfect grades and the guy everyone wants to be dating. Her future is nothing less than charmed.

In Roxbury, Sabine’s family are short of money, her friends are considered rebels – and when her secret is revealed, her options look hopelessly grim. But then she meets Ethan. He’s gorgeous, challenging, and he makes her feel like no one ever has before.

All Sabine has ever wanted is the chance to live one life. When it seems like this might finally be possible, Sabine begins a series of dangerous experiments to achieve her goal. But is she willing to risk everything – including the one man who might actually believe her?

Sabine spends her days trying to finish high school as your average city girl living with parents trying to make ends meet.  She's super smart and has a scholarship lined up for her.  And the one person who makes her days bearable is her little sister, Maddie.  But at midnight, she switches to spend the same day as a snooty rich girl who has everything going for her except her broken down family.  Yo-yoing back and forth between lives, she never thought she had a choice until she breaks her arm in one life but it doesn't transfer over to the other one.

Everything physical, emotional, and psychological always transferred over from one life to the other.  But now that her broken arm stayed behind, does that mean other physical attributes will stay behind?  Sabine begins to test her theories out with the hopes that maybe one day, she'll be able to choose a life and stick with that one.  But when her experiments are mistaken as cries for help, she meets a nurse who treasures life.  He doesn't understand why she would want to get rid of one (or one of her lives as she puts it).  And Sabine begins to realize he might be the only one to ever get her and understand what she's going through.  But will he be able to help her choose the life she wants?

This book is a perfectly crafted story that pulls bits and pieces from the beginning and fits them into a beautiful masterpiece at the end.  I had the storyline pegged pretty quickly, but I still enjoyed reading it (and allowing my brain to refuse the foreseen plotlines until I couldn't deny them anymore).  It's a super quick read that isn't really going to go into the details of how Sabine has two lives but more the quality of her lives.  Basically, it's the kind of contemporary read I love to read (and of course those who read true contemporaries are probably shaking their heads at me saying this isn't actual contemporary).  But the supernatural component is super small in comparison to the rest of the story.

It's a beautiful and romantic tale that'll make you think twice about the meaning of life.  And it leaves you smiling at the end (after you've wiped the tears away).  I'd definitely recommend people looking for a contemporary with sci-fi pieces thrown in to pick this one up.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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