by Em Bailey
A seriously compelling psychological thriller from major new YA talent, Em Bailey. "There were two things everyone knew about Miranda Vaile before she'd even arrived at our school.
The first was that she had no parents - they were dead. And they were dead because Miranda had killed them." Since her breakdown last year, Olive has become the school loner, so she can only watch as new girl Miranda latches on to her old best friend, class queen bee Katie.
Soon Miranda is talking like Katie, dressing like Katie - even going out with Katie's boyfriend. And then Katie dies. Olive is convinced Miranda is somehow responsible, but the only person who believes her is Lachlan, the hot boy who won't take the hint that she wants to be left alone. And then Miranda turns her attention on Olive. She makes life so much fun that soon they are best friends.
But what price will Olive have to pay for this new friendship?
With shock twists, a moving romance and a heart-racing climax, Shift is not your typical book for young adults.
A grippingly sinister psychological thriller, it's the perfect story for teenage girls looking for something other than paranormal romance.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/05/2012
- Category: Thrillers (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9781405261166
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Review by Salsabrarian
Since her father's leaving and her suicide attempt, Olive keeps to herself at school, estranged from her former best friend Katie. Olive's closest version of a friend is Ami, and without giving any spoilers, Ami isn't what readers will expect her to be. When new girl Miranda shows up at school, Olive's outsider status gives her a unique perspective on Miranda's strange bearing that no one else seems to notice. A suspenseful book about high school social dynamics writ large that teens will devour for recreational summer reading.