The Art of Not Breathing – Sarah Alexander

Synopsis

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.

Review

I really did not like this book. It was bleak, dark, and destructive. The characters primarily turned out to be worse than I thought. The bullying was atrocious and unrealistic (at least, I sure hope it was!). The t-shirt was pitiful. And poor Elsie has no idea how to grieve and move on with her life.

I never experienced the supposed thrill or rush from free diving through this book. Send this girl to therapy! There were too many “close calls” for my liking. If you need to be saved by an expert to remember to live, you’re doing it wrong.

The love interest was kind of gross and creepy. He’s too old and troubled for Elsie! I hated how this book perpetuated old trends (hello, smoking) as though they were cool. I may sound like an old lady here, but do you really want the youth to start idealizing cigarettes again? It’s not poetic or tortured, it’s just sad. Honestly, that applies to the whole book — not poetic or tortured, just sad.

Related Reading

  • We Were Liars – E. Lockhart (except E. Lockhart’s book was infinitely better!)
  • Remix – Non Pratt
  • Crushing Summer – C.M. Stunich

Rating: 1/5

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