Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shift by EM BAILEY

Wow, Shift is a psychological thriller that will have you reading and second-guessing what is happening until the very end. Not many books actually have me gasping and saying, "Wow, I never expected that!"

Shift begins:
     There were two things everyone knew about Miranda Vaile before she'd even started at our school. The first was that she had no parents-they were dead. And the second? They were dead because Miranda had killed them.

Miranda is the new girl at school, and at first, she seems rather bland: mousy brown hair, pale skin, nondescript clothes- nothing really that would make her stand out. That is, until she makes friends with Katie, the most popular girl in school. Very slowly, Miranda's hair becomes blonder and thicker, her clothes more becoming, and her personality more outgoing. Katie, however, seems to be slowly fading away.

Olive, the narrator of Shift, has her own theories about what is happening. But Olive, has had some psychological problems of her own. Is there really something really different about Miranda, or is Olive losing her grip on reality.

This was a compelling story that has many surprises in store for readers. I loved it, and I think middle and high school girls will love it, too!

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