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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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 24mm | 222.26g
  • Egmont UK Ltd
  • Electric Monkey
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405261161
  • 9781405261166
  • 58,968

About Em Bailey

Em Bailey is an Australian living in Germany where, despite having been a vegetarian for many years, she now enjoys the occasional Wurst. Em used to be a new-media designer for a children's television production house and is now a full-time author. Shift is her first YA novel, although she has written a number of books for children. When she's not writing, Em is generally getting lost, losing stuff, reading, hanging out with her friends and family, and listening to Radiolab podcasts. Like Olive, she doesn't like leggings that look like jeans, but has no problem with tofu more

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Shift by Em Bailey relates the story of Olive, a teen returning to school after spending some time in a mental health clinic, and her self-imposed exile from her old, popular friends. She now spends school days with new friend Ami, avoiding the malicious intentions of her ex-best friend, and the friendly advances of the new boy. Enter Miranda, another new student, who Olive and Ami believe is a shapeshifter, slowly stealing the personality and position of her victim until she is the most popular girl in school. This is Bailey's first novel for the teen market and she may have been somewhat overambitious in what she was trying to achieve here. This story did not have the genuine feel needed to provide an anchor for the reader when casting off their disbelief. The characters seemed two-dimensional and some elements of the plot - including the death of one of the featured characters - seemed glossed over, without the emotional impact that one would expect for such events. Despite this, Shift provides plenty of elements that would be attractive to the early teen reader - friendship dramas, the difficulties of establishing one's identity in front of peers, tentative young love. The fantasy elements, while mostly overshadowed by normal human dramas, give this novel its point of difference. For that reason alone, I recommend it as a breath of fresh air for those tired of the standard boy meets "girl/boy turns out to be undead/girl meets similarly undead, but hotter boy etc" more
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