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I Belong

Review: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past MidnightTitle: One Past Midnight

Author: Jessica Shirvington

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 22, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0802737021 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-0802737021 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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, expensive clothes, perfect grades, and the guy everyone wants. In the other, Sabine’s family struggles with finances, and she and her friends are considered rebels. But then she meets Ethan. He’s gorgeous, challenging, and he makes her feel like no one ever has before.

All Sabine really wants 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 person who might actually believe her?

Quick & Dirty: Emotional story that has wonderful romance, interesting characters, and a great life message. This is a great read that I think all young adult fans will enjoy!

Opening Sentence: I am a liar.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Sabine is a unique girl that happens to live everyday twice. Every 24 hours at midnight she goes through a shift and she switches between two different lives. In one life she is popular, smart, driven, and comes from a rich family with divorced parents. She also has two older brothers and a super sexy boyfriend. She wears what is in fashion and has a very stable life. In her other life she comes from a poor family where both of her parents work like crazy to make ends meet, but they are still happily married. She has a young sister that she adores and helps take care of since her parents work so much. She has a more gothic style and her group of friends are a little on the rebellious side.

As you can see her lives couldn’t be more opposite. The one thing she has noticed is that if she does something physical to herself like dye her hair or break a bone it has always transferred into the other world until recently. She starts to experiment with things to see if she can finally have what she has always wanted, a normal life in only one world. But she soon meets a boy named Ethan that makes her feel things she never thought possible. He makes her realize that maybe her situation isn’t as bad as it seems and just maybe she is lucky to have the opportunity to live two different lives.

Sabine is a very diverse character and it was really interesting to see her in the two different worlds. I think the most significant thing about her is that she is so different in both worlds, but really she is not herself in either world because she only lets a certain part of herself show in each world. Watching her struggle with who she really is was hard to watch and made me really connect with her on a deep level. If she ever has any hope of being happy she is going to have to bring both sides of herself into harmony and watching her journey was both inspirational and emotional. I really enjoyed seeing how she handled things differently based on what world she was in, it made her character more interesting to get to know. Her story was very different from anything else I have ever read and I really enjoyed it.

Will is Sabine’s boyfriend in her “perfect” world and to be honest I thought he was pretty boring. Sure, he is gorgeous, popular, and supposedly perfect in every way, but I just felt he was a little dry. The chemistry was totally missing between him and Sabine which she openly admits to. I feel like Will’s character was written to be this way and I think that for the most part this was exactly how Shirvington wanted you to feel about his character, so he was actually written perfectly.

Ethan is one of those guys that you fall for instantly. He is sweet, sexy, and very understanding. The moments that he spends with Sabine are so adorable and pretty emotional at times. He is one of the only people she has felt she could be totally honest with and not feel like she is being judged. Their relationship develops slowly and it is beautifully done. I loved Ethan and thought that his character was flawless!

One Past Midnight is a gut wrenching story that pulls at your heart strings and really makes you think. I felt that the message in this story was very profound and you can learn some important life lessons by reading this book. Every choice we make in life has consequences and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But on top of a great message this was an entertaining story that I really enjoyed reading. The characters were interesting, the romance was beautiful, and the plot was intriguing. I did have a little bit of a hard time getting into the story at first because it moved slower then I was expecting but about half way through it got a lot better. This is a standalone novel and while the ending was heart breaking, it was also done perfectly. I am a huge fan of Shirvington’s work and while I didn’t quite like this as much as her Embraced series, I still think that it is worth picking up. I will honestly read anything that Shirvington writes because her stories are just amazing and I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next. Anyone looking for a great story with a wonderful message should pick this one up for sure!

Notable Scene:

About half an hour before the Shift I changed out of my clothes, shimmying my fitted mini off with one hand and wriggling into my oversized T-shirt nightie. I ditched the sling; it was more hindrance than help. I left my black Doc Martens for last, wincing as I gave a one-handed pull to loosen the laces before using my feet to kick them off.

I relied on rituals. Found comfort in the patterns I’d developed over the years. I settled into bed, ignoring the sheen of sweat on my forehead and the sick feeling in my gut as I arranged myself against the pillows as usual, making sure there would be nothing out of the ordinary to return to tomorrow night.

I almost made it too.

But with only minutes to go, my mouth started its telltale watering. I had to bolt to the bathroom to throw up before hurrying back to bed before midnight struck.

The last thoughts that slipped into my mind marked the beginning of the change in my worlds. How could this have happened? How has nothing like this happened to me before?


FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury Children’s provided me with a copy of One Past Midnight.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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