Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers/Bloomsbury
Publication Date: July 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy, Contemporary
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sabine lives two very different lives. At midnight every night, Sabine switches lives going from one where she has a little sister and is an outcast, to another where she is popular, has many friends and has a steady boyfriend.
But one day, something changes. Sabine may have to choose which life she wants to lead for good.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as this is my first Jessica Shirvington book. The premise is interesting, but it’s variations have been done before so I suppose I wasn’t expecting such a solid paced story and a real draw to the characters. There were plenty of plot twists that kept my attention and I have to admit, I read this one really fast because I just had to know what happened!
Sabine is a normal girl. She has two personalities, one where she’s an outcast with not many friends and another where she’s almost a mean girl. I like both Sabine’s. She’s not too far away from herself in either world that I didn’t believe it was the same person, and let’s face it – there is a little bit of outcast and mean girl in every one of us. Ethan, the nurse who she meets in hospital, is patient, kind and sweet. And while he may not have made me totally swoon, I was rooting for them to be together. And her boyfriend Dex in her other life was really well written. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just say that Dex really made that life interesting.
There’s plenty of drama and tension in both worlds so whenever Sabine switched, I was more than happy to go with her. The plot kept me rooted to my seat. There were a couple of characters I felt could have used a little more depth, but otherwise this is a fun page turner. I also really enjoyed the tests Ethan gave Sabine – translating languages especially. I thought that was totally plausible and clever! Of course he would need her to prove that she was telling the truth!
Overall, One Past Midnight is a well paced, twisty ride that I enjoyed reading and would recommend to my friends who like thrillers! You’ll need to know what happens too!
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy
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