One Past Midnight

One Past Midnight

by Jessica Shirvington

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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?

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ISBN-13: 9780802737038
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 57,277
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

JESSICA SHIRVINGTON is the author of Embrace and Entice. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters.

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One Past Midnight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MissFictional More than 1 year ago
Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me this copy, which did not affect my review in any way. Beware of slightly unintelligible gushing and if you hear a fangirl sobbing in the distance, that's probably me. Sabine is a high school senior in her last weeks of school. She lives two lives; one that is seemingly flawless, while the other is - flawed, to say the least. After an unfortunate butt-in-the-air accident, Sabine finds that her physical body is only affected in one life, and not in the other. She decides that she must choose one life - which is far easier said than done.  I like to think of One Past Midnight as the child of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young. That is, if all the good genes of Before I Fall were dominant and all the bad genes of Just Like Fate were recessive. (There was far too much nerdiness in that sentence to be acceptable.) (My goal exactly.) Basically, if you were to combine the plots of Before I Fall and Just Like Fate, you'd get this beauty of a novel. Which is unique in its own right, I must add. At the start, Sabine, the protagonist, is... unlikable. In both lives. She makes stupid, reckless decisions and can sway to the melodramatic at times throughout the novel. But you know what? She had flaws. She's human. She jumped off the pages and made an impression. And I loved her for that. Should I even be surprised that an Aussie writer has lovely writing? Seriously, it was perfect and Sabine's voice was unforgettable. I loved loved loooved how Shirvington portrayed the sister relationship in one life, and the brother relationship in the other. Family is very important in this novel, and at several points I was half-squealing-half-weeping from their relationships. Kind of like On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (YUP - I WENT THERE). And call me a sappy teen if you like, but that ending had me balling. Not only that, but Ethan made me "awww!" about a bajillion million times. To tell you the truth, I saw the ending coming from the middle of the book. Did that lessen the amount of tears I cried? HAHAHA NOPE. Beautiful ending is beautiful (and inspiring, and special, and - JUST READ THE BOOK OKAY?) If you're a sensitive emotional wreck like me, then read this. Even if you're the most composed person on the planet, I implore you to read this eye-opening novel. (That is an order.)  4.5 stars
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Jessica is beyond a doubt one of my favorite authors. I absolutely love The Violet Eden Chapters and it kills me that I have to wait for her books to be published in the US. Although, as one of my Australian blogger friends pointed out, we pretty much get everybody else so it's only fair to give them someone. I suppose turnabout it fair play. One Past Midnight is an incredibly beautiful story. Sabine lives two lives and switches back and forth at midnight each night. I found it interesting that her other live is put "on hold" when she is not living it. It's almost as if her lives are in parallel dimensions. She mentions at one point traveling to her other house and it being marginally different, that things from life in Roxbury are slightly off while she is living her life in Wellesley. After breaking her arm in one life and finding it not broken in her other life, she decides that maybe it's time to choose one life over the other. But which one is the "right" one? Sabine soon begins to realize that neither life is perfect as things begin to slowly spiral out of control in Roxbury, while she fights to control the seemingly perfect life in Wellesley. Around this time we encounter Ethan in Roxbury, whom she becomes determined to make him believe in her two lives. The romance between Ethan and Sabine is unconventional, beautiful, heartbreaking, and wonderful. It shifts from a mere friendship to something so much more. A relationship that shows you that comfort can come from the most unexpected places, things don't always go as planned, it's not always as bad as it seems, and just maybe there's always hope. Jessica's writing is simply amazing. She writes a heartbreaking tale a girl who is completely alone, despite her two lives, and finds comfort and solace in the oddest of places. I found One Past Midnight impossible to put down. The characters, even the secondary ones, are well developed and can stand on their own. As a reader you get attached to each of her lives and cannot imagine how she could pick between them. I did The Dance of Feels many times while reading this book and even got caught doing it once in the kitchen at work - totally worth it. There are moments of hope, heartbreak, violence, and love - Jessica goes all in with her novels and this one is no different. While I did predict the ending, we're talking the beginning of the last chapter so not entirely predictable, I found it to be the perfect ending. (This is where the being busted from The Dance of Feels comes into play.) I cannot stress enough how much I love One Past Midnight. If Jessica hadn't already been granted a spot of my short list of "Auto Buy Authors," this novel would have done the trick.
Stephalaughagus More than 1 year ago
Amazing! What a unique story! I haven't read anything quite like this one before. The idea of this book is just so fascinating! And I really like the author's writing style.  Sabine has two lives. And it has been this way since she can remember. Every stroke of Midnight sends her to her other life. And it looks as though she is the only one in this situation. At least, she hasn't found another person quite like her. She tries to accept and understand what is happening to her. She tries to balance between these two completely different lives. Not knowing which one she really belongs in. Until something happens that changes everything. Now she has to figure out what to do with this knowledge. I really enjoyed reading this story. It really pulled me in and made me want to find out what would happen next.  At first I was a little worried about becoming lost and frustrated with the switching of lives. Since this happens every chapter or every couple of chapters. But it wasn't difficult or frustrating for me at all. I actually really found it interesting and it was easy for me to shift lives with Sabine. Following the storyline and the characters in each life was also easy. And I think that the storylines transitioned smoothly and at a great pace! I think for the most part I was equally interested in both of Sabine's lives. They are so different and each one was fascinating for different reasons.  I really like that even though this is a Science Fiction/Fantasy book, it had a Contemporary feel to it as well. I was very interested in the relationships that Sabine has with her family and friends from each of her lives. I especially love the relationship developments between the siblings, in one life Sabine has a little sister and in the other she has brothers.  And for me, her actions and results of those actions felt pretty realistic.  I was really able to connect with Sabine's character. I felt so bad for her because she was struggling so much with what it meant to live two different lives. She really goes through a lot. I couldn't really imagine having to go through my awkward teenage years and high school twice (and at the same time!) And I love her character development through the story.  There were several events and plot twists that I didn't see coming. And there were a couple things that I guessed while reading, but it did not take away from my love of the story at all! In fact one of them I was pretty happy I was correct.  This book was a roller coaster of emotions for me. And I even cried a little bit at one point.  My Recommendation: Read this book! I highly recommend it! I really love the story. It was entertaining and deep. The story really made me think about life. Not only did I enjoy the plot, but I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships with Sabine!  I would definitely buy this book! Thank you SO MUCH, Bloomsbury for allowing me to read this wonderful book! ***I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I am just so disappointed with this book. I love love (yes double love) Jessica Shirvington's Violet Eden Chapters series and I devoured all five books and think the romance is one of the best developed romances in YA books… however One Past Midnight, be it the plot, character development, or romance.. everything fell completely short and flat. The beginning was very promising, with Sabine living two parallel lives.. basically reliving her day twice, at exactly 12:00am each day she transfers to her first life, then after her 24 hours, she transfers to her second one, and after that 24 hours, she's back to the first, at exactly 12:01, so she technically doesn't miss anything from both worlds. One day she discovers that breaking her wrist in one world didn't transfer in the other, the first time this has happened. She goes on a quest to try and test this theory further by cutting herself (disgusting btw, had to skip that page), burning herself (skip again), taking laxatives, etc. All that to see if it does transfer, and if not then she can finally end one of her lives. Scary right? yes yes it is! however author took a completely different turn with it and Sabine just started doing stupid things that got her into unnecessary situations and everything was so so convenient on the romance line. The ending was too perfectly wrapped up and I just couldn't handle it. I honestly expected so much more from Shirvington but I was sadly disappointed.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wanted to read Between the Lives because I love the idea of the parallel universe and the ripple effect of decisions. This is a little different because she lives two lives and she has to be careful about ink, injuries, meds, and hair changes because it effects the other life, but then when she breaks her arm and its just fine in the other life, it causes her to examine what she thought she'd figured out long ago about her shifts and double lives.      I'll admit, when I first started I was a little confused about the shifts and how in the past she'd carried over things like tonsilitis and now the broken wrist doesn't travel. I wondered about how her absence was handled in the 24 hours she is in the other "universe" and the general mechanics. Though the confusion didn't stop me, I was all in quickly because of how different her two Sabine's lives are.     It was interesting how different she acted in both lives, being what those around her expected. In Wessley, she lived up to rich girl, dressing the part and had the token popular Dex, who although he seems like he should be perfect, something just feels off. It is a big deal to Sabine while she kisses him, she counts and don't make it too many numbers.        Her Roxboro life, her parents aren't as high standards, but she absolutely adores her little sister Maddie. She has a close friend who is a little wild like her, or maybe Sabine is wild herself because of Capri. They dress in minis, and have the goth feel going on. She thinks that this should be the life that she gets ride of, but Maddie holds her back in a big way. Until she meets Ethan. I adored him, and loved how understanding he tried to be and how no matter how things look, that he still treats her with respect and wants the best for her.      But he has a secret but Sabine doesn't dig too deep. She is worried about the toll the shifts and living every day twice is taking on her, not to mention the physical when she shifts. But when tragic things happen in both life, and she is faced with the reality of what she's doing to her body and would it really count if she ended one life to life the other fully. She has people around her that are showing her what they think of life, and how precious, but Sabine isn't keen on it. She wants to live the one life, and not look at what could be turned into a positive having the chances she gets.      Even though both worlds are extremely similar, people are a bit different, stores not quite the same. Then there is how she's chosen to grow up and act in each set of 24 hours. I really enjoyed how Jessica Shirvington used this theme for her big twist and helping to heal a part of my heart that was previously broken in the way that some of the story ends up playing out.      The romance was... different. Two different guys for two different personalities on the surface, but the same strong heart and determination inside. But I like how it ended up, and though there was two guys, it was different than a traditional love triangle. Bottom Line: Good book about parallel lives and a girl making a choice how to live. 
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Imagine having to live the same day twice, but in a different life?  Two lives, one memory.  Like a parallel universe, if you will. In One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington, main character, Sabine, does just that.  She will live her life as Sabine with the black hair and, I’m gonna guess, Emo type image and just like Cinderella, when the clock strikes midnight, she shifts into Sabine with the long blonde hair and the perfect life.  But once again, come midnight, she shifts back to the other Sabine for another full day in that world.  Back and forth, back and forth. But even though she switches into this completely different person, her memories from both worlds never leave her.  She remembers…good or bad, she remembers.  And until now, anything physical followed as well!  Cuts, dyed hair, ailments … But after breaking her arm as Emo Sabine, her fear was shifting to the Perfect Sabine world and try to explain how she ended up with a broken arm.  But her broken arm doesn’t follow her.  Her arm is perfectly fine.  And it’s at this point where Sabine decides to test her theory that the possibility of finally having one life could be a reality. Unfortunately, her “flawless” plan gets thwarted by her parents.  Thinking that she could finally let loose all the secrets she had about her double life to the ones she thought she could count on the most (her parents), she instead ends up at a mental institute and on suicide watch. Struggling with her decision to end one life so that she can thrive in another, Sabine feels more alone than ever until she meets Ethan.  As the nurse assigned to watch over Sabine and get her to open up, an unforgettable relationship starts to bloom…and Sabine’s plans become more complicated than she had bargained for. I heart Jessica Shirvington.  Her Embrace series hooked me from day 1, and I was more than eager to read something else from her.  And let me tell you guys, for me, she did not disappoint.  I devoured One Past Midnight.  I loved the concept of living two entirely different lives in a parallel universe and remembering everything. At first, I thought that it may be confusing reading a story that jumped between worlds, but in the end it was pretty flawless, especially since the main character knew what was happening, before and after.  I felt that everything flowed very smoothly. The characters found in One Past Midnight are ones that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I was annoyed, at first, with Sabine’s plans of killing herself off in of her worlds, but as the story progressed, I understood where she was coming from.  Technically, she would be offing one version of her so that the other version of her could live a real life.  A life of no shifting, of being able to give herself completely to those she loved.  Without having to be self-conscious of slipping up and letting out the fact that she shifted and be labeled insane.  In the end, I found Sabine to be an extremely brave young woman, and I thoroughly enjoyed her character. Another character that I adored was Ethan.  At first, stand-offish, but in the end, I just couldn’t get enough.  I couldn’t wait for Perfect Sabine to shift back to Emo Sabine so that I could see more of the interactions between her and Ethan.  Ethan was definitely a character that grew on you and once you have warmed up to the idea of him, you can’t let go. Author, Jessica Shirvington, managed to shatter my heart and make my heart swell at, pretty much, the same time.  For myself, I pretty much figured out how everything would end from the get go, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to get lost in this beautiful story. Fans of psychological reads and parallel universes will really enjoy One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
There's only one word to describe ONE PAST MIDNIGHT!! And that's "Unputdownable"!!! I know we tend to hear that a lot in reviews, but I've racked my brain over and over to come up with the perfect word to describe the feeling I felt while reading this book, and this is the one word that best described my feelings while reading ONE PAST MIDNIGHT!! "UN-PUT-DOWN-A-BLE!!!! I was hooked from the first paragraph. I was so intrigued by the plot that it immediately sucked me in. Between the writing and plot I was unwilling to put it down. I've never been a big fan of parallel worlds, but ONE PAST MIDNIGHT was phenomenal!!! THE PLOT... Sabine has been living 2 different lives for as long as she can remember. She's use to having her life one way, then 24 hours later, switching to her same self, but everything else in her life is different. One life she rebels and has a poor quality of life. The other, she is important and has a wealthy rich life, with everything she could possible want. She has grown use to it, but every life shift always takes a little piece of her with it. Until one day, it all changes, and Sabine finds a loop hole that she eagerly jumps through. But what is she really risking, and ultimately, what is the cost she will have to pay? ONE PAST MIDNIGHT was an original, thick-plotted, spiraling world that I adored!! I felt for Sabine and the struggles she had to endure with every life switch. I know I personally could not be one person in one life, then switch to the same me, but with everything different, and still hold the memories and be able to keep my sanity!! Nope, I would of been locked away in a mental hospital never to be let out!! So I kinda admired Sabine for her keeping her sanity, and the strength she possessed!! Overall, I enjoyed ONE PAST MIDNIGHT a lot more then I anticipated, and I am so glad I gave it a shot, because I would of definitely been missing out!!! If you want a fresh original, parallel world, with twist and turns, that are sure to please? Then ONE PAST MIDNIGHT is sure to be your next read!!! NOTE: I received an ARC from Bloomsbury for reviewing purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
jenniferstrand More than 1 year ago
ONE PAST MIDNIGHT is not the first parallel lives story I've read, nor will it be my last. (I love these kind of stories!)  But I will go as far as saying--it's my favorite. Sabine is fully aware that she's living two lives and wants desperately to live just one.  Come to find out, she may have a chance to do just that.  At first glance, there is a life that would be the obvious choice to make when deciding on which life to live permanently.  But then along comes a boy. Turns out that boy makes the choice not so easy after all.  And this is what I LOVED about this story.  What kind of things make one life better than another? Is it wealth? Popularity? A straight-jacket free zone? Family? Love?  Looks like the choice ain't so obvious after all. (Yes, I know ain't ain't a word.  I just like the way it fit into that sentence, okay?) I was 110% convinced that I knew how the story was going to end.  I even wrote down my prediction, sealed it in an airtight container and buried it in my backyard for future generations of readers to discover.  Turns out I was 100% incorrect in that prediction.  (JOKES ON YOU, FUTURE READERS OF MINNESOTA!) I love when a book surprises me like this. As a matter of fact, I went into a bit of a panic mode when I realized there were only ten pages left and things weren't wrapping up the way I thought they would.  And then, BOOM. Shirvington is genius. Just saying. Fans of magical realism, likable heroines, awesome book boyfriends and books you just can't put down should include ONE PAST MIDNIGHT in their TBR pile. Stat.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A beautifully woven fantasy of one teenager living two lives. The story will resonate with young adult readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! The story line was great and I couldn't put it down. I just hope there is a sequel!!!
terferj More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Oh my, what a great story. I found it to be fascinating, engrossing, thought provoking, terrifying, heartbreaking, and sweet. It makes me think it could be very possible what Sabine went through may be a possibility. I mean how cool yet horrible does that sound? I felt so bad for her because she couldn’t be herself in a long time. I don’t know how she kept up with it. If it was me, I couldn’t do it, I’d forget which me I was supposed to be. I loved the scenes with Ethan in it. He made everything better. I loved them together, I just hated when he hid something major from her. I totally didn’t expect that (cue the tears) but then again the very end of the story made up for it. Let’s not forget the other life’s dude-Dex. He seemed like a great guy; attentive and patient, but under that lurked something else. When that part of the book came up, it was horrible to read. So yes, I really liked it. Sabine was awesome. Ethan was awesome. The story was awesome and it had a great meaning underneath it all.
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StephWard More than 1 year ago
'One Past Midnight' is a fast paced and thrilling novel about a teenage girl named Sabine who just happens to live to different lives. For one 24 hour period of time, she is in one world. Then at midnight, she lives in her other world for the next 24 hours. Day in and day out, Sabine has been living her life twice - in two separate worlds, with two separate existences. She learned early on that she was different from other people, and that she needed to lie in order to stay in character in both worlds. In one of her worlds, Sabine is a popular, straight A senior with a gorgeous and perfect boyfriend. In the other, she is on the outer edges of social circles and makes sure that everyone knows not to mess with her. Sabine has learned how to live each life down to the detail each day. That is, until she breaks her wrist one day and wakes up in her other world to find that she's not injured at all. Physical traits along with memories and knowledge always follow into both worlds. Except this time - things seem to be changing and Sabine's existence takes on a new possibility. I am a huge fan of the author's Violet Eden Chapters series, so after I had read the last book in that series and saw that she had a paranormal/fantasy novel coming out that sounded awesome - I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I have to admit that my hopes were high. Fortunately, it went above and beyond anything I could have wished for. It's one of those books where you keep thinking about it long after you've finished reading it. It makes me think of all the possibilities that could be out there - and pretty much boggles my mind. It was hard to attempt to wrap my head around the concept of Sabine having two separate lives in the book, at least at the beginning. I figured it would go the route of some mental illness or something, but it didn't - which ratcheted up the awesome factor for me. Sabine is a fantastic main character in the book. It's like she's three different people trying to live in one person. She has the persona she must keep up in her Wellesley life - basically a perfect daughter, student, and girlfirend in a Stepford feeling environment - and then she has to switch to her other "self" when she goes to her Roxbury life. There she acts and dresses edgy, but adores her younger sister Maddie. In between the lives is the real Sabine - and she isn't even sure she knows who that is. She's been pretending to be two different people for as long as she can remember, bouncing back and forth between two lives, and she wishes for one simple thing: a single life where she can be herself. When she breaks her wrist in Roxbury and wakes up in Wellesley to find it unharmed, Sabine begins to entertain the idea that the "rules" of her situation are changing. She has to be sure though - because if it's true that the physical parts of herself won't carry over - she has the opportunity to live one life. In theory. She thinks that she wants her life in Wellesley to become her only life, but everything she has ever thought she's known is turned upside down when she meets Ethan - who opens her eyes to new possibilities she had never dreamed of. I have to admit that there is quite a bit of foreshadowing in the book, so I pretty much knew what was coming, but that did not make it any better. I don't want to do spoilers, so let's just say that I cried hysterically for a good while and was unable to continue reading until I calmed down - only to cry again and continually until the end of the book. I rarely get that emotional about a book, so when it happens I know I've found an author with amazing talent. Just like her Violet Eden series, the author had me immersed almost immediately into the book alongside Sabine. I didn't come back up until I had finished - and then it still took a bit. I'm trying not to ramble and fangirl everywhere, but it seems to not be working. The writing was fantastic in every way. The characters were all distinct with their own personalities - weaknesses, strengths, flaws - and it made them feel real. Like I knew them on a personal level - especially by the end of the book. The story itself is told from Sabine's point of view, but it switches between her two lives - the one in Wellesley and the one in Roxbury. I thought it might be confusing to read this style of writing, but I found that it felt natural and I had no problems transitioning between worlds with Sabine. The author's attention to detail - the vivid imagery and descriptions throughout the book were phenomenal. With all the elements - the setting, characters, story line, etc. - the book took on several layers and depths that I wasn't expecting. It really went above and beyond anything I could've expected or wanted - and now I'm just left wanting more. I highly recommend this book - and the author in general - to everyone (seriously!) - especially to those who enjoy fantasies and paranormal fiction. And to the author - you have broken my heart twice in less than a year by ending the Violet Eden series and now with this novel - so I will be stalking you in a non-creepy way until you release something new. :) Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.