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With her constant fear of letting something slip about her other identity and undergoing the traumatic shift at midnight, Sabine has never felt so alone. She begins a series of terrifying experiments to see whether she can finally choose the life she wants to live. I found Between the Lives to be compelling, intelligent, and thrilling. Ethan and Sabine are a couple that I found myself rooting for, hoping that they would get a happy ever after ending. As Sabine considers ending one life so she can live completely in the other — Ethan teaches her the meaning of living life to the fullest and showing her that love can make the impossible happen.

My only complaint, and it is a small one, is that we never really get answers about why Sabine lives two lives. I received a review copy from HarperCollins Australia in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I absolutely loved the book. View all 3 comments. Just wow. I finished Between The Lives about a minute ago, and I still have tears in my eyes. But then again, what's a good Shirvington book without the tears?

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Once again, Jessica has managed to completely flip the ideas of the world upside down. Who else would have thought of such a deep and creative idea? Sabine's story is one that is truly unique. There has been no other like it, much like with Jessica's other series. The way she has had to adjust to her world, or should I say worlds, to Wow. The way she has had to adjust to her world, or should I say worlds, to learn to cope with them both and then to come to terms with that mentally, is something that we read about and think, 'oh yeah, that'd be cool,' when in reality, it takes so much strength and self control and sense of self to be able to survive through all that and come to terms with who you are.

What is it with all the hot guys being called Ethan these days? Choices are what we all have to face, and they can be confusing and can make us unsettled and sometimes have an attitude of just wanting to give up. Between the Lives addresses these themes and explores them in a very complex way. Family can give a lot of support in these times, but in Sabine's case, she did the best she could with the two lives she had. Again, Jessica Shirvington 's words and ideas have changed my perspective on life, on how I view things, and my ideas about faith and existence.

Jessica is such a talented writer and the worlds that she creates are so well written that I can almost believe that they are the same as the one we live in. This fantasy is so original and inventive that it fits into reality like it was always meant to be there.

Five out of five stars View all 4 comments. Well now Shelves: science-fiction , romance. This was the first Jessica Shirvington book I have read, but I will definitely read more of her work if all of her novels are like this. For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two separate lives which she "shifts" between every 24 hours. In one life Wellesley , she's a straight A student with an acceptance to Harvard with a supportive and lov 3. In one life Wellesley , she's a straight A student with an acceptance to Harvard with a supportive and loving family. In the other Roxbury , she is a social outcast living in a family stuck in poverty But when a glitch happens and her secret is revealed, she must choose between two very different things: the perfect love or the perfect life.

As a character, Sabine was pretty well-done. She had her flaws, but they only made her feel more real to you. I liked her intelligence and her practicality. Sure, she made some rash hormone-based decisions at times, but she's a teenager, right? Her train of thought was so relatable. You could feel how annoyed she was at having to live two lives, and how much she just wanted to be "normal. The actual process of the Shifting and what it entails was - like I mentioned - quite detailed and well thought-out, but we never really learn why Sabine Shifts.

How is it scientifically possible for her to do this? Why is she the only person who is able to Shift? The lack of answers slightly annoyed me, but I'll admit, not as much as it typically would have because I was simply really entertained throughout. Despite some lack of explanation, this is a fantastic novel by Jessica Shirvington and I was quite impressed. Quite entertaining and well-paced, this is a wonderful, and in the end heart-breaking, story about choosing between being with the one you love or having a perfect life.

May 21, Allyce Cameron rated it liked it. What a great read! At the beginning Sabine annoyed me and I found it a little hard to relate but as it progressed I found that I just couldn't stop and had to know which life she would choose. And the ending! I think it definitely pushed it over the line for me from being good to something that I would recommend to others. Well done! I cried at the end. Damn, it was beautiful! Jan 27, K. Trigger warnings: self harm, vomit, mental health, assault, cancer, death of a loved one. I have literally had like a dozen students tell me to read this over the past two years.

So when no one had borrowed it over the summer break, I figured I'd finally read it. Aaaaaaaaaaaand NOPE. I'm just going to go ahead and bullet point my thoughts because it's easier. In the rich one, she doesn't like her siblings or her boyfriend, but she's rich, so In the poor one, her little sister is the actual best but she hates literally everything else about her life. Sabine and realises it doesn't transfer to Rich! Sabine, then she plans on taking pills to REALLY test the theory - But her parents bust her and send her to a psychiatric facility - At the psychiatric facility, she a takes a bunch of drugs to see if she can die, and b meets a guy named Ethan - Ethan is her psychiatric nurse.

He's a fully qualified nurse and also doing a post-grad qualification in psychiatry. Sabine's life, Ethan turns out to be one of her brother's friends only it's a different Ethan because he's alive but it's the same Ethan because he looks exactly the same and has this weird sense that he knows her??? Basically, this was problematic thing after problematic thing. I hated the romance side of the story. I basically wanted to set this on fire from start to finish.

Okay I'm done ranting now. It was a slow start, but it picked up after Ethan showed up. I was expecting an explanation about this two lives aspect. I wanted more. I expected the ending, but I was anticipating a different one. Full review to come The perfect life or the perfect love. You choose. Based on the tagline of the book, I was instantly intrigued. Who wouldn't be interested to find out how th It was a slow start, but it picked up after Ethan showed up. Who wouldn't be interested to find out how the two lives work? It's not pretending to be another person, but you're literally being thrown to another life at midnight.

We follow the mundane life of Sabine. Coincidentally, her name is the same in both lives. Every day at midnight, she shifts into her other life. For 17 years, she has lived it every day, knowing full well that material things don't cross over, but whatever physical changes she has, do. When she turned 18, something strange happened.

Sabine feels different. In Roxbury, she lives with hardworking parents, and a sister, Maddie. She loves Maddie to bits, but she doesn't have a perfect relationship with her parents, specially with her father. In this life, she's not the perfect daughter. She is a sort of delinquent, with nothing much going for her. In Wellesley, her life is somewhat perfect. She has two brothers, Lucas and Ryan, her parents are divorced, but her mother dotes on her. They are wealthy, and she's quite popular in school.

She is in a relationship with Dex, one of the cool boys in her high school. Her future consists of Harvard, and she's looking forward to graduating soon. Sabine wants to choose between her two lives, so she conducts experiments to find out if she could leave the other life, and permanently live just the one life she chooses. There was a part in her experiment that made me cringe! Did it make you cringe, too? Is she living in the same timeline as her other life? Do her parents, who manage a drugstore, know about her shifting? To be honest, it was a slow start for me.

I think it was about the same time the character, Ethan, came into the picture in her Roxbury life. That deep, ocean blue eyes. Let's talk about Ethan. He's such a sweet guy, but he annoyed me at first. I think that he is a good influence on Sabine. But with Ethan in the picture, it made it harder for her to choose. Ethan taught her the meaning of life, and that she needs to think things through before she does something drastic.

I was actually rooting for them, because Sabine's relationship with Dex in Wellesley is not as perfect as it seems. And clearly, Sabine doesn't really want to be with him. She counts every second of their kiss, which she couldn't stand. So anyway, I had this feeling that Ethan was hiding a secret, view spoiler [ and I wanted the secret to be that he also shifts, but it was something else. It was really hard for Sabine to live two lives without having anyone to talk to about it. What she wanted was someone to believe her, that she's not crazy.

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And she found it in Ethan. You said you wanted someone to know you. Maybe I just want to have someone to know me too. Without you in this world, the memories of every moment we've shared together will be gone. We only exist because others see us. Part of my existence There were so many convenient coincidences, too, specially during the time when Ethan was testing Sabine. Like, hmm, I need to translate this Finnish phrase.

Oi, the receptionist is Finnish! And I also encountered an inconsistency, which I let slide. There were twists in the book that kind of surprised me, but the major freaking twist was the ending. I found the ending bordering on cheesy. I kind of predicted it, but I was hoping that I was wrong.

Now, I'm not saying that it was a bad ending, but it basically made me ask more questions about the plot of the book. I asked her if she was bothered that Sabine's shifting into another life wasn't explained at all, and she said she was a bit bothered, but she let it slide. I really wanted the paranormal or scientific explanation of her shifting. If I had my way, I would have preferred that it ended with Sabine being locked up somewhere with schizophrenia. That would have given me the explanation of shifting during midnight, and living an alternate life.

And I'd give this book a 5. But I really wanted answers. Still, if you take away the paranormal element in the book, I'd say it's something that you'd enjoy reading on a rainy Sunday afternoon. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It made me smile, it made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me think, it pretty much checked every single emotional box. There were characters I loved, characters I hated, and pretty much every imaginable character in between. Sabine lives two lives, switching between them every 24 hours.

No one else knows that she lives both lives, and she is careful to keep them separate. In one life, she comes from a wealthy family, is popular, and has the seemingly perfect friends and boyfriend. Along the way, she meets Ethan, the one person who might actually believe that her lives are real. Ethan is… sigh.

We all need an Ethan. But my heart broke for Sabine time and time again. How isolating, how confusing, how scary her situation would be. Never knowing who to trust, or which path to choose; always having to keep every detail of a full second life fresh in your mind would be hellish. She also grew remarkably as a character during the book, which was so wonderful to watch. I raced through reading this, unable to put it down, begging to know what choices Sabine would make, or what the ramifications in one life would be on the other. But it worked.

And it made me feel hopeful, without it feeling unbelievable. With well fleshed-out characters, an exciting and thought provoking plot, and lots of emotional connection, One Past Midnight earned itself a spot on my favorites list! Actual rating: 3. Thanks, Aussie YA authors, for constantly making me have all of the feelings! Between the Lives is an interesting take on the "You only live once" school of thought. We all know that. But Sabine literally cannot YOLO - because she lives two lives, in two slightly different worlds, in completely different circumstances, wholly under the control of something she refers to as the Shift.

At midnight every night, she Shifts to Actual rating: 3. At midnight every night, she Shifts to the other Sabine. She can't do anything to her Roxbury self, like dye a hidden section of her hair pink, without it affecting her Wellesley self, causing her to have to delicately balance her two lives in order not to tip anyone off. But when she breaks her arm as her Roxbury self and discovers she remains unharmed in her Wellesley life, she starts experimenting. The reason behind the Shift is never explained. That's something I'm more than a little peeved about, as well as the lengths Sabine took in her 'experiments', given that she's intelligent beyond her years literally.

I don't want to talk about the book without giving much away, but those last few chapters?

Yeah, redeemed whatever happened before. There are a number of things I could point out that annoyed me, especially how Sabine tries to kill herself multiple times, but at the end of the day this is a compelling, emotional story that I would definitely recommend, if just for Ethan. Brb crying some more. I was sure that I was gonna love this book. After all, it's about a girl Sabine who has two lives; she lives one for 24 hours and than she shifts to the other.

She's been like that for as long as she can remember. But something has changed now - when she breaks her arm in one life, she thinks it's gonna be broken in her other life too, but then she shifts and her arm is fine. So she thinks she may be able to die in one life and keep living the other. All she has to do is pick a life.

Sabine is I was sure that I was gonna love this book. Sabine is years-old but she has lived every day twice, so she has actually lived for 36 years. She's still really immature. When her parents catch her with knives and pills that she used to test her I-can-get-rid-of-one-life theory, they want an explanation.

Instead of making something up, she tells them the truth. Of course they think she's crazy so she ends up in a hospital. In one life Roxbury life she lives with her parents and her little sister. In her Wellesley life, she lives with her mother and two brothers. In Roxbury she's poor, in Wellesley she's rich. Also, in Wellesley she has a boyfriend Dex.


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He's described as the perfect boyfriend and he loves her so much, but she doesn't really like him. She's only dating him because Maybe because she's fucking dumb? Why the hell would you date somebody you aren't interested in? I felt really sorry for Dex at first. I hated what he did later on in the book. I don't understand why is her Wellesley life considered the 'perfect life'. Is it just because of the money? Cause I can't really see what else is better.

It's definitely not because of the boyfriend. The character I actually liked at first was Ethan. He works in the hospital she's in. I liked the tests he gave her. It was pretty much the only way I could think of for her to prove that she has two lives. I get that they liked each other but 'falling in love'?

I didn't really buy that. It's difficult to believe that her parents never noticed anything strange when she was a kid. If she really thought that everybody has two lives, she probably mentioned something sometimes. Maybe she would talk about her other family or ask somebody what their other life is like.

And why is she so terrified of the Shift?

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It doesn't make sense. If I was her, I would never want to get rid of either life. Having two lives seems great maybe confusing sometimes, but still great. I loved the premise of the book and if there are any books similar to this I'd love to read them. But this one just wasn't very good. Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me this copy, which did not affect my review in any way. Beware of slightly unintelligible gushing and if you hear a fangirl sobbing in the distance, that's probably me.

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Sabine is a high school senior in her last weeks of school. She lives two lives; one that is seemingly flawless, while the other is - flawed, to say the least. After an unfortunate butt-in-the-air accident, Sabine finds that her physical body is only affected in one life, and not in the other. She Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me this copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

She decides that she must choose one life - which is far easier said than done. There was far too much nerdiness in that sentence to be acceptable. My goal exactly. Which is unique in its own right, I must add. At the start, Sabine, the protagonist, is In both lives. She makes stupid, reckless decisions and can sway to the melodramatic at times throughout the novel. But you know what?

She had flaws. She's human. She jumped off the pages and made an impression. And I loved her for that. Should I even be surprised that an Aussie writer has lovely writing? Seriously, it was perfect and Sabine's voice was unforgettable.

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I loved loved loooved how Shirvington portrayed the sister relationship in one life, and the brother relationship in the other. Family is very important in this novel, and at several points I was half-squealing-half-weeping from their relationships. And call me a sappy teen if you like, but that ending had me balling. Not only that, but Ethan made me "awww! To tell you the truth, I saw the ending coming from the middle of the book.

Did that lessen the amount of tears I cried? If you're a sensitive emotional wreck like me, then read this. Even if you're the most composed person on the planet, I implore you to read this eye-opening novel. That is an order. If you're interested in parallel worlds and alternate realities, then this one is for you. Great concept, very interesting storyline, compelling characters and the writing is fantastic. Maybe the twist at the end is a little bit predictable but all in all the ending is very satisfying. It might be one of the best YA books I've read this year.

Feb 26, Rashika is tired rated it liked it Shelves: realistic-contemporary , paranormal , read , totally-worth-it , cute-love-interests , ya. Actual Rating 3. I was hoping to prove to myself that books that are based on this concept didn't all have to turn out bad, and I was right. This book provided me with a very interesting journey, and I was all set to give it a four until the last couple pages. I am going to start off by saying that while the main character wasn't always likeable, she had a strong voice. Sometimes it Actual Rating 3.

Sometimes it just bothered me thar she didn't think at all about her other family. She loved them but she kept trying to find an easy way out. I understand why, I do, but that didn't stop me from being frustrated. This story starts with the main character falling down the subway stairs and breaking her wrist. When she 'shifts' to her other life, it turns out that her wrist isn't broken. So are the rules changing? She wants a normal life, which is understandable, and so this was kind of a breakthrough for her, a way out of this whole situation and so she starts experimenting.

When her parents find out, she decided to confess, which of course leads them into thinking that she is crazy. Even with how things turned out when she confined in her parents, I was glad she did because it proves that she really wants someone to believe her and to help her. Moving on to her parents. The author did a great job with them. There were two sets of them and each of the sets came with their flaws and their plus points, but more than that the author took some time to develop the parents as well.

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Her dad from her Roxbury life initially comes across as a bad guy but by the end of the book, I didn't hate him. I really did like the development in her relatinship with her brothers in her Wellesley life. At first I really did not like how the author rolled them out but there was more to them and being the older sibling, I can understand in some ways I am not justifying their actions here just saying I understand.

Her friends, though they didn't play such a significant part, were not actually just flat characters. They seemed to care about her and always asked when they thought something was wrong. One would assume that in her perfect life, her friends would be completely shallow but they weren't, which I was glad for. Now to Ethan… Ethan.. My first problem arises with the science aspect behind what was happening to her.

I am going to go out on a limb here and compare this book with Every Day. As a science geek I really would have liked that. However my main problem with this book was the last couple of pages. Now I cannot say what happened but the event just seemed to come out of nowhere. I didn't think it was necessary. On top of that what happened right at the end was just plain cheesy. It just seemed like the easy way out. The author could have left the book with an open ending and that would have been a whole lot better.

On the whole, despite the ending that bothered the hell out of me, I would definitely recommend this. Feb 23, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: aussie , usa , female-pov , harper-collins , for-review , i-have-a-copy , ya-lit , aww , sci-fi , paranormal. In one life she lives in Roxbury, Boston, with her younger sister, Maddie, and her two hard-working parents.

In her other life she lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her recently divorced mother, and she has two older brot Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington is set in Roxbury and in Wellesley, Massachusetts. In her other life she lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her recently divorced mother, and she has two older brothers, Ryan and Lucas. He seemed like a really good guy, and I was kept guessing as to what was going on with him until the very end.

The two lives were handled really well, with plenty of explanation. At midnight Sabine shifts and spends 24 hours in that life. At midnight she shifts back to midnight again and continues on with that day. She doesn't ever miss a day, or even a minute, she lives every day twice but there are differences between each life. I never felt confused, even though I was expecting to with such a topic. The ending was sad and a bit of a shock to me, but quite clever, too. Between the Lives is a clever, realistic sci-fi sure to please fans of YA.


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Thank you to the lovely people at Harper Collins for my review copy. Feb 10, Aya rated it really liked it. This book's about a girl, named Sabine, who was born twice, in two parallel worlds, juggling between her two lives thinking it was a common thing. Until the day she realises she was actually alone in this. Not being able to share her newly discovered secret with anyone, fearing to be misjudged, she went on with her lives, "shifting" every 24 hours at midnight and simply accepting the fact that there was nothing she could do about it.

But fate decided otherwise. Sabine accidentally broke her arm This book's about a girl, named Sabine, who was born twice, in two parallel worlds, juggling between her two lives thinking it was a common thing. Sabine accidentally broke her arm in her Roxbury life, and, thinking the damage would travel with her to her second life in Wellesley, as has always been the case, she started panicking not knowing what excuse to come up with this time, especially since she was to celebrate her birthday in her Wellesley life, and showing up with a broken arm was just not an option.

To her great surprise and confusion , the cast and fracture and pain were gone after the "Shift". Now armed with this new knowledge, she started conducting a series of experiments that might eventually get her to the life she's always dreamed of, one normal life in which she wouldn't have to pretend to be someone she's not. I found the idea very interesting and started this book expecting a pinch of science here and there, exploring the fascinating Multiverse Theory, but to my great disappointment there was no mention of that. Hence the 4 stars. Aside from that, it was a decent read that managed to keep me hooked until the very last page.

Wouldn't reaaaaaaally recommend it to any Sci-fi fans, it'll only frustrate your curious longing souls. May 10, Bookylicious rated it it was amazing. This book was what I needed at the moment. I couldn't put it down. Totally a page turner. The writing style was not quite the best I read but it was totally ok for me because the plot was unquestionably unique.

However it was toooo short. I needed more. I needed more time with ethan and sabines love. Maybe that was how it should be I don't know.

Maybe the writer chose to write this way because of her 2 lives. I couldn't quite feel their love. Sabine has 2 totally different lifes. She shifts lifes This book was what I needed at the moment. She shifts lifes at midnight. In her alternate life has a younger sister, married mom and dad and also nice friends.

In both lifes she has her memory with her. Like if she can talk in french in one life she can also speak fluently in the other life as well.. She lived like this until the age of But at the age of 18 she discovers that not pain, injuries or physical differences pass to the other life.

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After she realised this she starts some experiments on herself. But nothing turned out to be what she was expecting At the end I had lots of questions to the writer. I can't say that nothing major left unanswered. So I need an epilogue or a book 2. I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Between the Lives started out okay, but i quickly lost interest. I didn't really like Sabine. She could be quite annoying, and was really stupid for the majority of the book. When she done her experiments, she wondered if her injuries would show up in her other life The storyline was slow and predictable. I was bored throu I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was bored through the majority of the book, and it was really hard to find the motivation to finish it. The only thing i didn't find predictable was the ending.

It came out of nowhere! Overall, slow, predictable, dull. Nov 17, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: read , gifts-giveaways-swaps , author-aussie-nz , standalone-novel , romance , usa-canada , young-adult-fiction , urban-fantasy-paranormal , unhauled , fantasy. Actual Rating: 2. I really liked the Disruption duology but I struggled a lot with this one. It was a quick read and not terrible but sadly not as awesome as I hoped. Shelves: 4-star , books-i-own. This book was unlike anything I've ever read before!

I loved the idea of it, and I couldn't put it down. How terrible would it be to fall asleep at night and wake up as someone else the next day, day in and day out?! I can't even imagine! This book was mostly a contemporary slash romance, with sci-fi elements. I "I want to know that if I drift off to sleep by accident one day, I'll wake up in the same place. It was just the right blend for me, even though I don't usually do romance. But the romance in this was super sweet and endearing!

I thought it was awesome that Ethan would ask Sabine questions right before she Shifted to prove that her other world was real! Oh my lord! I knew she'd find him in her other world, and I'm so happy she did. I can't really say much else without spoiling things, but I highly recommend this one. It's such a beautiful story! This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here. This is a great read that I think all young adult fans will enjoy!

Opening Sentence: I am a liar. The Review: Sabine is a unique girl that happens to live everyday twice. Every 24 hours at midnight she goes through a shift and she switches between two different lives. In one life she is popular, smart, driven, and comes from a rich family with divorced parents. She also has two older brothers and a super sexy boyfriend. She wears what is in fashion and has a very stable life.

In her other life she comes from a poor family where both of her parents work like crazy to make ends meet, but they are still happily married. She has a young sister that she adores and helps take care of since her parents work so much. She has a more gothic style and her group of friends are a little on the rebellious side. The one thing she has noticed is that if she does something physical to herself like dye her hair or break a bone it has always transferred into the other world until recently. She starts to experiment with things to see if she can finally have what she has always wanted, a normal life in only one world.

But she soon meets a boy named Ethan that makes her feel things she never thought possible. Sabine is a very diverse character and it was really interesting to see her in the two different worlds. I think the most significant thing about her is that she is so different in both worlds, but really she is not herself in either world because she only lets a certain part of herself show in each world.

Watching her struggle with who she really is was hard to watch and made me really connect with her on a deep level. If she ever has any hope of being happy she is going to have to bring both sides of herself into harmony and watching her journey was both inspirational and emotional. I really enjoyed seeing how she handled things differently based on what world she was in, it made her character more interesting to get to know.

Her story was very different from anything else I have ever read and I really enjoyed it. Sure, he is gorgeous, popular, and supposedly perfect in every way, but I just felt he was a little dry. Scenes of ecstatic coupling are tempered with an intuitive grasp of the gentle and the lyrical—a touching, if calculated, predilection for tenderness. When he returned stateside, he settled in New York City, working part-time as an art handler and selling tickets at the Guggenheim.

Along with Salman Toor, Doron Langberg, and Devan Shimoyama, he is at the forefront of a new queer painting that restages the rites of masculinity, privileging moments of quiet camaraderie. The central gallery features a stunning wall of seven smaller works, mostly around 9 x 12 inches. The first, and most seductive, Invitation , is a teasing boudoir portrait of a young man lying on his stomach, turned to face the viewer, plucking at his thong with a sly confidence. In Tom , a man lounges serenely in tight black underwear and a plaid button-down, suspended in reverie; Me and Ray captures a moment of sexual prelude.

The larger works are promising, if inconsistent. The Williamsburg Bridge is dark and brooding: a gigantic lantern-jawed figure with the severe, sloped nose of an Easter Island head strides across the eponymous bridge, haloed in a penumbral, apocalyptic glow. More complicated and satisfying is The Manhattan Bridge A young man takes his dog for a nocturnal stroll through a riverside park, eyes locked on his smartphone.

One senses that, in time, his larger works might acquire the sumptuous granularity of the smaller canvases. Part glossy coffee-table smut, part art-historical treatise on desire, it remains an unusual bit of propaganda calling for the return of young men to the realm of public attraction. Now an out-of-print curiosity, the book stirred up controversy upon publication. Greer defended herself against accusations of pedophilia on national television. But the claim that beautiful boys are essential fixtures of public life is hardly radical. Western art history corroborates it: How many iterations of St.

Sebastian, bound and stuck with arrows, decorate the public squares and churches of Europe? How many likenesses of Ganymede, commissioned by lords and counts? After the death of his boy favorite, Antinous, the Roman emperor Hadrian deified his beloved, erected an obelisk in his memory in Rome, and built an entire city on the eastern bank of the Nile called Antinoopolis. It is democratic, accessible. So tradition goes. More than merely decorative, these figures charge the space around them with a low, erotic hum.

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