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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 t 355 stars 5 years ago Eddie drowned 5 years ago Elsie s life turned upside downShe cannot remember the details of that fateful day and it haunts herShe still talks to her deceased twin brother to her he s always with her There are so many secrets and mysteries about that day that Elsie simply does not understandHer mom and dad fight all the time Her brother Dillon has seemingly distanced himself from Elsie and Elsie feels as though no one would notice if she was goneThings change when Elsie meets Tay Tay is older and takes an interest in ElsieIt is then that Elsie begins her journey with free diving She has not been in the ocean since Eddie drowned but now she is defying her parents for the urge to go deeperMysteries begin to unravel secrets come out and Elsie is still trying to understand it all This book pulled at my heartstrings It is a complicated contemporary that moves through deep topics and feelings It can be a little slow but you become invested in the story I didn t like some of the ways certain things were approached in the book or how they were written I did almost give this book 4 stars but couldn t deny that it took be a very long time to read this book because I was never as into it as the other book I was reading Some uotes from this book which I will insert into this review later really grasp certain concepts displayed in the book They hit you in the feels This book kind of reminds me of We Were Liars because of the mystery and secrets It also reminded me of All the Bright Places although they aren t really similar in plot it gave me similar feelingsWhat did you guys think of this book Or know any books like it

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R 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 se 35 stars Spoiler free review below This book will be released April 26th 2015 Thank you to HMH kids for providing me an ARC of this book My thoughts and review are in no way influenced by this SummarySynopsis The Art of Not Breathing is a YA contemporary that not only deals with romance but also with a very heavy topic death and getting over it The main character Elsie is a 16 year old girl who lives in Scotland Five years ago her twin brother Eddie disappeared while they were swimming However Elsie can not remember what exactly happened that day Her family broke apart and parts of her memory are hazy and unclear Ever since she has been trying to remember but still can t put together all of the piecesIn reality this book may be considered to have no plot But I personally think that this is what made the book special as the book progresses so does Elsie and slowly the mystery of what happened that day unravels and once you put all of the puzzle pieces together it really touches you One day Elsie leaves her house to go to her secret hideout an abandoned boathouse where she meets Tay Tay and three other boys his age are divers and as Elsie gets to know them she also wants to dive As Elsie dives she realizes that it really relaxes her mind and she begins to remember the tragic day that happened five years agoHonestly I believe that should be enough to captivate you If I give to much of a synopsis then I m afraid I will spoil you because this is the type of book that you will enjoy much if you don t know anything about it Now onto my thoughts on the book The WritingAs I mentioned in one of my status updates this book has a really addictive writing style Although at times Elsie s voice is really sad you want to keep reading and that is precisely what happened to me The narration and description of everyone is really beautiful and it keeps the story going and the characters stay with you even though the book is less than 300 pages longThe writing also really reminded me of a favorite of many people I ll Give You the Sun Just like I ll Give You The Sun something tore apart Elsie s family in the past but the author does not let you know what However as the book goes on Elsie has a lot of flashbacks of the past while she is under the water and she starts realizing what was actually going on The CharactersAlthough flawed most of the characters in this book were also really lovable My favorite character is easily Elsie She s constantly blaming herself for the disappearance of Eddie but at the same time her character grows Her interaction with other characters may not be ideal but I think flawed characters are the best because they are the most relatable and although I hadn t gone through her situation I could feel for her Her actions were understandable because she was a relatable character Besides Elsie I thought all of the characters were really intriguing to read about I would love to learn about their backstories too The uotes There were also uite a few uotes that were really deep and since they won t spoil the book I just wanted to share them one with you guys to give a glimpse of the bookMy advice to you Elsie is go with your heart not your head because your head doesn t know what it wants It only thinks about the moral high ground And if your heart isn t happy when you try to share it you ll make others unhappy too pg 150 ARC of The Art of Not BreathingI d add but I think you guys should experience reading it for yourselves The only complaint I have for this book which is the reason I took down 12 a star is because sometimes I thought Elsie was too attached to Tay I wanted her to be independent and I guess by the end of the story that happened but I just wish it had happened sooner Anyways I didn t mind this all too much so it s totally fineMy favorite part of the book was definitely the ending because it was so cute and also because everything unraveled and I understood the reasoning for everything that happened before in the bookI really hope you guys decide to pick this book up when it comes out April 26th because it s really worth the read I especially think those who love Jandy Nelson s books will really love this oneRead it if you liked I ll Give You the Sun Every Last Word All the Bright Places

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He 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 he Actual Rating 05 The Art of Not Breathing takes place five years after the death of Eddie Main who drowned in the ocean His twin sister Elsie Main is haunted by flashbacks of him as her family struggles to not fall apartElsie doesn t remember what happened that night on the beach But when she meets Tay McKenzie she is introduced to the world of freediving and she becomes determined to find answers to her lingering uestions even if it means travelling to the bottom of the seaOne thing I liked about this was how the flashbacks were written It s true that it s kind of hard to realize when they were happening because they were incorporated directly into the current timeline but in the long run I actually liked that type of writing style because it felt like it illuminated the impact of Eddie s death and how the memory of his presence seemed to follow Elsie aroundBut I m afraid I disliked the main character too much to really enjoy the storyFor exampleIf you come with me I ll get naked for youDon t use your body as a bribing device I wish Elsie understood that people were worth than that One important aspect of this book is how Dillon Elsie s older brother falls to an eating disorder I cannot stress out serious anorexia is And yet Elsie brushes it aside like it s nothing like it s something not important enough to deal with nowHe nods but I know he thinks I m deserting him Just hang on a few days Dilbil I think to myself as I leave him I m sure that getting to the bottom of the drop off is going to give me all the answers to remember what happened to get closure It just has to And then I ll be able to focus on DillonSo she has a lack of the sense of urgency but in addition to that her attitude towards her brother is unforgivableOkay calm down I won t tell I says moving my head away from his mouth Why don t you get in the shower You smell really badOh yes Elsie Poor you for having to smell Dillon s vomitNever mind the fact that your brother needs your helpIt continues when Dillon is hospitalizedI m suddenly fed up with his disgusting smell his arrogance and the fact that he keeps saying weird things and then denying them I m totally fed up with himAt this point Elsie s selfishness is extremely annoying She continues to just focus on what her own goal is completely ignoring the struggles that other people are going through and she is not even slightly understanding about what he is going throughElsie s hatred of various smells continuesWhen the door is shut Dillon pulls my head toward his I try to keep my nose away from his mouth which smells of vile vanilla meal replacementI m just really really tired of hearing about how everything smelled bad as if that was the worst thing that was going onAnd there was that moment where Elsie seemed to stand up to her bullies when she was really being selfish AgainHmm Not uite skinny enough yet Still got flabby thighs It s a shame about your brother though He used to be uite fit I saw for myself you know And now he s an ugly mess of skin and boneI pretend I m not hurt by her comments and hold my head high That s odd I say I wonder why you still follow him aroundWow Elsie I m so proud of you for standing up for yourself even as you completely disregard the help that your brother needs and focus just on how great you are for not showing weakness at her snubThat s not even the worst of it Elsie may be desperate to find out what happened to her dead brother but no matter what you never ever ever treat it like a dirty secret and use it as blackmail materialYou tell Dad anything and I will tell him all about you starving yourself to death about the laxatives He ll drive you to the nearest hospital and they will lock you up and force feed youBeing unsupportive is one thing Using someone s weakness against them is anotherAnd keep in mind that this is Elsie talking to her brother the only sibling she has leftThere also seems to be a diminishing of the importance of other serious issues Elsie nearly drowns when she goes diving and she stops trying and has to be rescuedI didn t want to be saved I say uietlyBut later she says thisIt wasn t a suicide attempt I say It was just a stupid thing to doWhat she said previously applies to so many people in the world So many people in the world are tired of living and don t want to be saved and I will not stand by and let her diminish that kind of mindset as something stupidThat s why I have to give this story one star because looking at the main character she seemed selfish not determined And there just didn t seem like there was development whether it was in terms of the individual characters or in terms of the relationships between them especially between Tay and ElsieBut most of all I have to rate this one star just because of the main character s views towards the issues in society that are already not treated as seriously as they should be


10 thoughts on “The Art of Not Breathing

  1. says:

    MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading ListEdward Main11 April 2000 11 April 2011Today we are sixteen Happy birthday EdwardElsie's twin drowned when they were eleven years old Elsie can't remember what all happened that day but she feels like it's her fault THINGS I KNOW ABOUT THAT DAY1 Mum was at home making our chocolate bir

  2. says:

    DNF page 140This is literally the most boring thing I've read and while it is somewhat interesting my fuck flew

  3. says:

    355 stars 5 years ago Eddie drowned 5 years ago Elsie's life turned upside downShe cannot remember the details of that fateful day and it haunts herShe still talks to her deceased twin brother to her he's always with her There are so

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    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group and NetGalley “New things I remember about that day1 Dillion wasn’t swimming back to look for Eddie He was looking for someone else” This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose twin brother had drownedElsie came across as a bit depressed she seemed to have no d

  5. says:

    Actual Rating 05 The Art of Not Breathing takes place five years after the death of Eddie Main who drowned in the ocean His twin sister Elsie Main is haunted by flashbacks of him as her family struggles to not fall apartElsie doesn't remember what happened that night on the beach But when she meets Tay McKenzie she is introduced to the world of freediving and she becomes determined to find answers to her linge

  6. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in BooksI liked this book I have had a review copy of this book for about a year and a half and put it off after I started seeing mixed reviews That was a mistake because this b

  7. says:

    Woaw That's all I could say or even THINK upon reading the final page of this gritty gut tearing phenomenally messy in the best way debut From page one I was gripped by Elsie's story She's a shlob And she knows i

  8. says:

    35 stars The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander is her YA debut novel I came upon this book casually without knowing anything neither of the author nor of the plot itself I had just finished a slow and action packed book so I hop

  9. says:

    35 stars Spoiler free review below This book will be released April 26th 2015 Thank you to HMH kids for providing me an ARC of this book My thoughts and review are in no way influenced by this » SummarySynopsis The Art of Not Breathing is a YA contemporary that not only deals with romance but also with a very heavy topi

  10. says:

    Umm nope this just wasn't for me

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