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Shift

Bailey, Em (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Olive, having recently suffered mental problems, is unsure whether to trust her instincts when a new student, rumored to have killed her parents, develops a parasitic relationship with Olive's former best friend, Jubilee Park High School's "Queen Bee."
Authors: Bailey, Em
Title: Shift
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, 2012.
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Olive, having recently suffered mental problems, is unsure whether to trust her instincts when a new student, rumored to have killed her parents, develops a parasitic relationship with Olive's former best friend, Jubilee Park High School's "Queen Bee."
Local Note: 1 15 33 53 65 68 69 72 73 75 76 109 118 133 148 149 172 173 193 216 226 244 245 250 258 263 268
ISBN: 9781606843581
1606843583
Statement of Responsibility: Em Bailey
Subject Headings: Interpersonal relations Fiction. Popularity Fiction. Mental illness Fiction. High schools Fiction. Schools Fiction. Orphans Fiction. Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction. Popularity Juvenile fiction. Mental illness Juvenile fiction. High schools Juvenile fiction. Schools Juvenile fiction. Orphans Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Interpersonal relations
Popularity
Mental illness
High schools
Schools
Orphans
Interpersonal relations
Popularity
Mental illness
High schools
Schools
Orphans
LCCN: 2011034349
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Dec 22, 2013
  • callmeprincess rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Have you ever wondered why there is only one to five star ? And have you ever had one of those times when you just want to give a book six star instead of five? Well, no other than "Shift" by Bailey Em could be more deserving of six stars! It changed the way I view psychology novels, and remains my all-time favourite book even today. Combining all genres that teens love, this is one book you won't forget. Like ever.
An extraordinary story about a girl named Olive. Like most protagonists, Olive had been through traumatizing events; her father had left her family, blaming it on herself, she tried committing suicide. Before her father left, she was popular, she had tons of friends and was beta to the alpha female. But everything had changed, she is a freak now. As weird as it may sound, Olive likes her life, she doesn't have to pretend anymore and her only friend Ami take her for who she is, Ami doesn't judge her and is always there when she needs her. But everything is thrown into chaos when the new girl Miranda arrived...I know, I know I promised that this book is amazing, and so far you probably think it's getting predictable, but trust me the best part is yet to come. Miranda is rumoured to have killed her parents and have been tossed from one relative to another. Olive's former friend Katie, aka. the "Regina George" of the school, initially shuns her. But slowly and surely Miranda works her way to the clique becoming Katie's best friend, and eventually more popular than Katie, a version of Katie herself. Olive had her doubts about Miranda, but now she is convinced that there is something wrong with her, something inhuman, something parasitic. As the title suggests, Miranda just might be a shape shifter, someone who stole the identity of others and... "Shift".
Perhaps the most confusing and disturbing book I've ever read, it is also the greatest teen fiction there is in my opinion. What makes it so exceptional you might ask? I made a list. 1. The blurring of the fine line between fantasy and reality: Yes, this is a modern-day young adult novel, set in a normal place in a normal country. But it is the way the story was written that makes the audience question Olive's mental stability, and if she was the one crazy or the world? Sometimes I feel like there's paranormal activities going on, while other times it could be explained logically. The best part is I never did figure it out, it's up to the readers' interpretation. 2. Disturbing Behaviors: Olive gets paranoid about Miranda's getting close to Katie, and fears that Miranda is actually a shape shifter as Miranda slowly takes on the shape of Katie herself, while Katie slowly shrinks away. Before that, Miranda was fascinated by Katie - she imitates the way Katie walks, talks and wears. She was even murmuring lines - words that are previously spoken by Katie herself. Needless to say these characters need help. 3. Twists and Turns: "OMG I didn't see that one coming!" was basically playing like a broken record in my head the entire I was reading. Prepare yourself for a mind-blowing event and don't say I've never warned you. 4. High on The Creepiness Factor: Reading this book felt like spiders crawling on goose bumps, and pretty soon you'll be sleeping with the lights on. Been there, done that. Overall I highly recommend this book, and I'll be rating this a six star!

Jul 20, 2013
  • Haven04 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

omg this book was very good, miranda was justr plain crazy and creepy lol, definately worth a read! 4,5 stars!

Feb 05, 2013
  • Mona_E rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

At first I thought this was going to be a murder story, but it has a pleasantly unexpected twist to it, which was very nice. Em Bailey uses a fresh writing style that kept me into the book, and a good storyline :)

I really enjoyed reading this book, it has a very original storyline, and it kept me gripped thoughout the whole book. It wasn't really what I had expected, but in a good way. It kept me on my toes with many unexpected twists throughout the book. Its deffinately a book I would reccomend.

Oct 17, 2011
  • UnicornCat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was amazing. It was original and had a good pace all the way through. You could imagine the characters really easily which is important in abook.

I recommend it to everyone (:

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Sep 18, 2013
  • pandaluvr rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

pandaluvr thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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