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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One Past Midnight Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on July 22, 2014
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2021)
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. In one life, Sabine has everything: popular friends, perfect grades, expensive clothes, and the guy everyone wants. In the other, Sabine's family struggles financially, and her friends are considered rebels. But then she meets Ethan. He's gorgeous and challenging, and he makes her feel like she's never felt before.
All Sabine really wants is the chance to live only one life. But when this finally becomes possible, is she willing to risk everything - including losing the one person who might actually believe her - to make it happen?
Sabine lives two different lives. In Wellesley, she’s popular and everyone loves her at school. Sabine has two brothers though she doesn’t spend much time with them since they’re older than her. She even has a wonderful boyfriend named Dex and everyone tells them that they are literally the perfect couple and that nothing could probably ever tear them apart. In Roxbury, she has a sister named Maddie and a best friend named Capri. She’s not popular or anything in this life, but she does have friends and she has a job at the local pharmacy.
Every night at midnight on the dot Sabine switches lives. She goes through what she calls “the shift” which she says can be really exhausting, especially when you switch to a new life where you are sleeping when you were just awake. It takes the body a while to catch up because your body is still asleep while your mind is wide awake and it takes a while to gain control and actually wake up.
One day, Sabine breaks her arm in Roxbury, though when she shifts into Wellesley, it turns out that her broken arm didn’t come with her. This doesn’t usually happen, so she is really surprised by it. Since she finds that this is how things are, she decides to experiment around a bit and see what things do and don’t effect both bodies.
I’ve never read a book where the main character experiences two different lives, so I really liked that aspect of this book. I also found it really cool that both of her lives were pretty much polar opposites. Sabine really knew what it was like to be both popular and normal, so it meant that she did have a good head on her shoulders compared to most popular characters in books who are mostly snobby to everyone else. Sabine was not like that at all.
Another really cool thing about this book was that Sabine seriously lead two different lives. It’s like she’s 18 but she’s really 36, because she doesn’t skip days in both of her lives. So she will have to live two Saturday, July 2, 2010’s instead of just one, and they happen right after the other. So in reality she had a ten day school week and then a four day weekend. In reality, Sabine had to go through school twice, and then graduate twice. It’s just really weird to think about; the fact that someone would have to do that. I mean, she’s really smart, so it clearly paid off in the long run.
I also loved Ethan. Yes, I think I need to devote like a paragraph to that guy. I won’t get into detail about who he is or anything because I don’t want to spoil, but just know that you have him to look forward to. He was such an awesome character and I loved every single thing about him. I didn’t really like Sabine’s parents in Roxbury though. They were such a pain to her! Her mother in Wellesley was so incredibly cool. She was always there for Sabine and it was really sweet.
This is the first book that I’ve read by Jessica Shirvington, though I’m definitely going to try to check out her other books and any more of her books that she writes in the future because this one was all around really interesting. It was such a unique idea and I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for a paranormal-contemporary twist of a novel.