Hi Treasured Tales followers. I am so excited to have Jessica Shirvington visiting the blog today as part of the Between the Lives blog tour. I recently read Between the Lives and I loved it. You can check out my review here. Jessica has written a guest post about Sabine and dealing with big issues as a storyteller. Thank you for the awesome guest post, Jessica. Also,thank you to Amanda from Harper Collins Australia for arranging the blog tour.
Dealing with big issues – and a bit about Sabine’s story.
Okay, so there are some pretty confronting issues/scenes that come up in this book and in many ways they are even more confronting than the big “end-of-the-world” problems because they are focused on the state of mind of one girl, Sabine. The issues that come up are not ones I envisioned myself, as a writer, necessarily tackling. But when I had the initial idea for Between the Lives, the story quickly took on a mind of its own.
So many elements of Sabine’s dual realities are linked to normal life experiences of any teenager who feels like they need to be the person that is expected of them rather than taking a step back to discover who they really are to themselves.
Most people, at some stage, go through a bit of a dark stage and every single person responds differently. When writing Sabine’s story about the choices that she faces, it was never about those dark days being dominated by the dangerous experiments she begins, but rather the spiral of her mind and emotions that push her so far that she considers ending everything.
Despite how it might appear, Sabine’s story is not death. Just the opposite. It is one girl’s intense desire to live fully. She is exhausted by her existence but she never gives up hope for more. And it is in this quest for more that she loses her way. As a writer these were the elements that made this story so interesting to tell.
Another big issue that is explored in Between the Lives is what can happen when one person’s view of the world becomes entirely, dangerously, insular. Sabine is dealing with extreme problems but at the same time, she becomes so obsessed with making everything right in her world (worlds) that she fails to see the very serious things going on around her in both of them – and the consequences for that carry a very high price.
Between the Lives is definitely a must read. I could not stop reading.
More information about Jessica Shirvington and Between the Lives:
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Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
Book description (from Goodreads) –
Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.
Until now, that is…
For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.
With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?
Thanks to Harper Collins Australia, I have two copies of Between the Lives to give away. Here’s how to enter:
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Check out the next stop on the tour:
May 8th – Novels on the Run