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"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 will keep you turning the pages furiously.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 18mm | 222g
  • Electric Monkey
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1405261161
  • 9781405261166
  • 87,146

About Em Bailey

Em Bailey is an Australian writer living in Germany with her partner and daughter. Em used to be a new-media designer for a children's television production house and is now a full-time author. Shift was her first novel for young adults, a psychological thriller that published internationally to great acclaim and won the teens' choice Gold Inky Award in Australia and was shortlisted for a number of other awards. Her second, and much-anticipated novel for young adults, The Special Ones, publishes in August 2016.

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. She always locks her doors at night.
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Rating details

4,145 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,067)
4 34% (1,392)
3 29% (1,182)
2 9% (382)
1 3% (122)

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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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