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Shift [Kindle Edition]

Em Bailey
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



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About the Author

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 schnitzels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (7 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZA6T6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! 6 Jan. 2013
By Telss
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I will start my review by saying, I absolutely loved this book. It kept me gripped all the way through and I will definitely be reading anything else Em Bailey writes. I really enjoyed this book. I read it in just over a day. It was fantastic.

I couldn't believe all the twists in this book. I found myself shocked in places. I would read this again due to those shocking revalations. It will be interesting reading it again knowing certain things.

One thing that annoyed me about this book was that for ages I cound't quite tell if it was English or American. Theres lots of English refences but I wasn't sure. The only thing that made me know for sure that it was American was when Olive said something cost so many dollars.

I would have like them to go more in to the romantic side of the book. I felt Lachlan wasn't in it as much as I would have liked.

I have no book I can think of to compare to this book. All I can say is that I loved it. It was so interesting. I loved the characters. I would definitely recommend! 5 out of 5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 26 Feb. 2013
Format:Paperback
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Shift was an extraordinarily gripping read. I loved every moment of it and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for future works by Em Bailey.

The story follows the life of Olive, a girl who, following a recent breakdown and suicide attempt, has been put on a course of medication and therapy. She integrates herself back into a routine by attending school and working at the local cinema.

However, she no longer has any friends. Except for Ami. Olive's old best friend, Katie, has now ditched her for the other girls in class. But then, Miranda comes into Olive's life. And it's rumoured that she actually killed her parents, and has been tossed around to different relatives ever since. Add a hot guy into the mix (Lachlan), and our heroine's favourite band coming to town, and you've got a recipe for disaster.

Miranda is not quite the person she seems to be, though, befriending Katie, then dumping her for Olive. After a terrifying discovery, Olive and Ami must strive to get away from her as quickly as possible. But will that even be possible?

The theme of the book is toxic friendship (according to the ARC I got through the Waterstone's Free Reading programme), and it covers it incredibly well. Miranda is fairly menacing in how her moods swing so dangerously, and how callous she is towards Katie and Olive after certain events in the book. She's not the best villain in the world, but her fifteen minutes of fame are enough to give you the creeps.

I also really loved reading from Olive's point of view. Things have changed so much for her since her 'incident' and although taking her 'vitamins' helps her get through the day, she's still walking a bit of a tightrope.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous, creepy craziness 14 Aug. 2012
Format:Paperback
Shift by Em Bailey has a great cover that is what initially attracted me to the story. But as soon as I started reading I was instantly hooked by the story and by its characters. Psychological thrillers are my new favourite, especially after reading really wonderful stories such as Shift!

I will always be drawn to stories of mental health, and I loved the way in which our main character, Olive, questions her own sanity throughout the course of the novel and the way in which that uncertainty plays a role in what happens. I thought it was done beautifully.

Olive is a character that I connected with very easily. She used to be popular at school but after 'the incident' in which she finds herself in a mental institution, things haven't been the same at school with her friends or at home with her family. Everything, including Olive seems to be that little bit broken. Now, Olive only has the one friend, Ami, and she mostly sticks to herself and tries to stay unnnoticed at school. But things begin to change when two new students appear at school, the hot new boy Lachlan who seems to see Olive for who she really is, and Miranda the girl who is rumoured to have killed her own parents.

What follows is disturbing and emotional and sweet. On the one hand we have Olive, who is slightly paranoid and mentally fragile who is the only one seeing this destructive relationship that begins between Miranda and Olive's ex-best friend, Katie. Miranda begins to imitate Katie, the way she speaks and moves and does her best to worm her way into Katie's life completely. Only Olive and Ami can see Miranda for what she is, a parasite intent on taking over Katie completely, but will it be enough to save Katie? or Olive herself?
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This shouldn't be part of the review process of a book but the fact that Em Bailey stuck a bunch of German words in there, which weren't out of place, earns her bonus points from me.

Excluding the above, Shift is a gripping read which has you hooked from the start. Olive is a great character. She is smart and narrates the transformation of Miranda well. Our heroine comes with a past, The Incident is frequently referred to as well as the fact that she is on medication, but what Olive did isn't revealed until quite late in the book.

Shift is split into two parts, the first focusing on Miranda's arrival and her `hooking' Olive's former best friend Katie. The second focuses on what happens after Katie dies.

What I loved about Shift is that the characters are so much more than the stereotypes they appear to be at the start. Olive the troubled one, Katie the queen bee, Miranda the mystery. Everything one of these girls ends up surprising you because Miranda might be creepy but it's not just her fault.

I really hope there are more stories to come from Em Bailey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of my absolute favorites, so gripping.
One of the most original stories I have ever read too! A definite buy
Published 2 days ago by Alexa
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I found this book amazing, as it interacted on both readers level, and a personal one. As a reader you hear the story and the love, romance, tragedy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by hsc
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow that was weird (in a good way)
The one bomb shell that really changed everything you will find out what it is ....something to do with ami
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love this book! there are so many plot twists and it really creeps you out!
Published 3 months ago by Holly Franklin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I had expected it to be a bit more interesting but it was okay.
Published 5 months ago by Emma gingell
1.0 out of 5 stars My friend and I read this book as part of ...
My friend and I read this book as part of our book club - we agreed the 'f' should have been taken out of the title.
Published 5 months ago by Harlon James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read this book before and I just can help myself I need to buy it
Published 6 months ago by nancy mordi
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read loved every second of it!!!!!
i have wanted to read shift for as long as i can remember. A good friend recommended it to me when i wa only 9 but my mum decided that it was an inappropriate book for someone of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Meg
2.0 out of 5 stars Condition
Labelled as very good quality, and when it came it looked terrible. The cover was bent in half, the pages were turned over, the spine was bent numerous times, and over all it was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by chloe
1.0 out of 5 stars Good
I really enjoyed this book because it was interesting and I was never a big reader until I read this book !
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