Book Reviews

Shift by Em Bailey

book review

Title: Shift

Author: Em Bailey

Pages: 320

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Published: 7th May 2012

ISBN 1-4052-6116-1

Buy here : Amazon UK




“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.



Shift is all focused on a girl called Olive. She used to be the queen bee of the school, before her mental breakdown that landed her in the psych hospital. Now she’s back at school with her one and only friend, Ami. When Miranda turns up at school, she’s weird, she kind of blends into the background, until she seems to focus in on Katie. Olive’s old best friend and the new Queen Bee, now Miranda seems to talk like Katie, dress like Katie and follow her around in a creepy sort of way. When Katie confronts her at the swimming pool about wearing the same thread around her wrist, Katie goes mental and humiliates her in front of the whole school. But Miranda just smiles and soon they are the best of friends, what game is Miranda playing, and how does Olive get involved?

This book was fun to read and a bit different to other books i’ve been reading lately. The plot is fun to follow, if a bit predictable, and you really start to understand Olive and why she does what she does, there’s lots of drama between characters and some major plot twists that you don’t see coming 🙂 All in all it’s a fun, carefree book to read, with great characters and an interesting plot. However once you’ve read a certain amount of the book you can predicate what will happen next and it does end up becoming very predictable. If you don’t mind this, then definitely check it out 🙂 It can be a fun read when you want an easy read as well, so if your in the mood for any of these things, get a copy and read it 🙂



“I am weird, and you know what? That’s OK. So are most interesting people.”


My Rating:



Next Book:

 Splintered by A.G. Howard


Thanks for reading,



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