Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
Between the Lives is a parallel universe story. For 24 hours, Sabine lives one life. Then, for the next 24 hours, she relives the same day in her other life. The two lives occur in parallel worlds, making it impossible for her to run into herself or anything like that. As a result, it is very difficult to prove to anyone that she does, in fact, have two seperate lives.
Sabine's extraordinary situation gives rise to ordinary teenage emotion that is easy to identify with. Sabine feels that she is different, that she is alone, that she doesn't know who she is, and that she cannot live up to the expectations of each of her lives. These emotions motivate her to conduct risky, self-injuring "experiments" and try to choose between her two lives.
There's a bit of an overuse of the word cheeky, and Sabine vomits more than I believe possible. But other than those and similar minor issues, this book is very well done.