Monday, April 25, 2016

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.


My Impression

This was an interesting book. The book is set in Scotland and told through the point of view of  16 year old Elsie. It is based around a twin, Elsie,  who has lost her brother in a drowning accident when they were little and her ability to remember the events of that day and him. There is alot going on in this book from mental health issues, bullying, to eating disorders, trauma and family dysfunction.  There were so many times I wanted to scream at the characters for not taking action that it was frustrating and captivating all at once. The book has several plot twists that I don't want to give away, but at the end everything pulls together and your like AAHHH OK, makes sense. Great read and easy to recommend. 


Disclaimer: 
I would like to thank Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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