22 July 2014

Review: One Past Midnight

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington
Publication date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury

ONE PAST MIDNIGHT by Jessica Shirvington is the story of Sabine, an eighteen-year-old girl who switches between two lives every day. Since the day she was born, her world shifts at midnight, alternating between a life as a rich preppy girl to a punk in a poor family. In her more rebellious life, she tries to explain to her parents what is happening to her and is put in a mental hospital, being taken care of by Ethan, a cute boy with his own secrets. In her other, more "blessed" life, she deals with the petty drama of a popular girl living a life of luxury, from her boyfriend Dex to her annoying older brothers. This cross between David Levithan's novel Every Day and Lauren Miller's Parallel shows that there is more to people than meets the eye and that we all have secrets.

The major plot line and idea behind this novel is fantastic, but I feel that some of the relationships between Sabine and other people, namely Ethan, felt a bit rushed and unrealistic. Although the ending is a bit cliche, I found the last few pages thought provoking and outstanding. I have never heard of this author but I will definitely look to see what other books she has written. The sic-fi portion of the story is well explained and easy to follow. I would suggest this book for people ages 14-15 and up for mentions of attempted rape and self-harm.

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