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Between the Lives

Between the Lives - Jessica Shirvington "Because some things are so real you can feel them to your core. It doesn't matter where you go, they go with you. Anywhere."From nearly the beginning I had my suspicions and from the middle I had a feeling about how things were going to end. But the way everything played out. WOAH. Absolutely amazing!I loved all the characters, Sabine was smart, practical and I loved her voice. She was so believable and relatable - and that's something really hard to achieve in a story like this. I followed her through each of her lives perfectly; I felt her qualms about each life, what she liked about them and the love she had for each of the people in them.“I want to live each day once, to the best that I can live it.”Secondary characters like Sabine's little sister Maddie (my absolute favourite) really enhanced the story and added to the difficulty of Sabine's conflicting emotions for each of her lives. I think it's rare to see such a loving sister bond between siblings with a 12 year age gap. Despite her rich friends in her Welleseley life having a materialistic exterior, I saw that underneath they really did care for each other. I really liked Sabine's family in her Welleseley life, hiding behind the money and clothes, her mother really cared for her and her brothers would come to her aid at any time. I loved that about them.“If things feel right for you, then they probably are. But if they don’t, I know you’ll listen to that too.”I can't come up with a fitting word to describe Ethan. Wise? Caring? Sweet? Selfless? Amazing? Loving? Yes all of them and many more! His role in the book was perfect - forget the fact that he's the love interest - he taught Sabine the beauty of living, showed her that what she has isn't a curse, but a gift. The power of living. Gah everything he said was so quotable!“We only exist because others see us.”What I really loved was the juxtaposition Between the Lives provided. On one hand, Sabine is living two lives, having lived twice as much as everybody else but she's sick of the living. On the other hand we see how ephemeral life is - how easy death can come about. We want to live, but is it worth living every day twice like Sabine? If death is the answer, is it the RIGHT answer? This book portrayed all these things perfectly, especially in regards to choices and existentialism – how would Sabine’s choices in her lonely world affect her future?“What if you’re giving up something you don’t even have yet, a future in this world that would give you more happiness than you could have ever imagined?”The perfect love. Ethan. Again Shirvington shows how fleeting everything in life is. But what wonderful things can bloom in such fleeting moments. Ethan and Sabine’s romance is one of these. The course of the book doesn’t play over very long but during that time, the bond that develops between Ethan and Sabine is amazing. They’re so very different yet so perfect for each other. There was no insta-love, but there was definitely attraction and slight hostility during the beginning. In a way, the two of them needed each other – to show one another what they’re missing in life – but there was never any co-dependence. The encouragement to live because of yourself was always there. Their romance was sweet and Ethan was always there supporting Sabine even when she didn’t know it.I can’t find a single thing wrong with this book. The pace was perfect, the characters all amazing and the plot was so original I loved it! I also love books that have a cyclic nature so that by the end, it becomes full circle and I have this completed feeling in me – that all the questions and things that got mentioned in the beginning get answered create a perfect ending. And this book did exactly that.Between the Lives made me think, it made me really appreciate life, it made me cry (A LOT, for like 30 pages straight) for what could have been but also gave me hope for the future. Jessica Shirvington never disappoints.“I was lost. But you found me, between the lives.”