Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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?
A compelling psychological thriller about a girl who lives two parallel lives – this is Sliding Doors for the YA audience. – From the synopsis on the Goodreads page for Between the Lives
So I borrowed this book from my local library. I was immediately drawn to it, the storyline seemed so interesting and I was desperate to start reading it after having been in a reading slump on holiday, with only access to Kindle books. I wanted a physical book to read as I found the adjustment to electronic books quite challenging, and have that effortless ease of reading when I can hold that book in my hands and flip the pages.
Oh my goodness – this book brought everything, the feels, the heartbreak, the hope and the hunger for more. I devoured the majority of this in one night, one broken, beautiful night reading in bed, the tears simply pouring from my eyes, me sobbing and shaking, so overcome with blatant emotion. At several points, I was so hysterical I almost woke up my parents. I suggest anyone about to read this book listen to Coldplay’s album X&Y whilst you read it, in particularly those last chapters. I promise it adds to the story and the reading experience, and the lyrics and music beautifully suit the plot line and the atmosphere that the writer has so cleverly weaved.