Shift is a sinister YA psychological thriller that tears through the themes of identity, loss and toxic friendship. Olive Corbett is definitely not crazy. Not anymore. These days she takes her meds like a good girl, hangs out with her best friend Ami, and stays the hell away from the toxic girls she used to be friends with. She doesn't need a boyfriend. Especially not a lifesaver-type with a nice smile. And she doesn't need the drama of that creepy new girl Miranda, who has somehow latched on to Olive's ex-best friend. Yet from a distance, Olive can see there's something sinister about the new friendship. Something almost...parasitic. Maybe the wild rumours are true. Maybe Miranda is a killer. But who would believe Olive? She does have a habit of letting her imagination run away with her...
Olive keeps it simple: take her meds, keep a low profile at school, stay away from the ocean (with its horrible memories), and try not to cause trouble since she's pretty sure her selfish, unruly behavior is what made her father take off six months ago. But then strange and mysterious Miranda Vaile shows up at her high school, and Olive's safeguards start to crumble. Miranda begins insinuating herself into the life of Olive's former best friend, Katie, but only Olive and Lachlan, the handsome new guy in town, think anything is odd. Bailey builds her first YA novel with precision, drawing readers into a complicated world where things are not at all what they seem. In a story that is as much about friendship and redemption as it is about second-guessing reality, Bailey creates characters that have depth and authenticity. As Olive's nemesis, Miranda is as creepy as they come, and readers will wonder to the very end what to make of her shifting personalities. Olive's story comes to a satisfying conclusion, one that will be hard to forget. Ages 12 up.
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An awesome book I own. I own the physically copy and just had to write a review. Olive is a brilliant character that is dark and twisted. All up a nice dark tale, different towards the romancey trash most kids "read". Also brilliant uses of the term "wonk".
This book is very mysterious, I love it!!!!!
This is an extremely good book. It is full of surprises and my favorite book. Buy it now!