The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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I enjoyed this book. It is a touching and raw love story.
Elsie is going through a very hard time. She doesn't know where she belongs, and is in a state of depression since her twin brother drowned and died in the ocean 5 year ago. Her whole family is still screwed up because of it. When Elsie meets Tay in the beach house she hides in, her whole life changes. Tay is a free-spirited diver who falls in love with Elsie. Will she learn how to recover, or will she get in trouble.
I thought this book was very interesting. It was different than what I usually read because it was more depressing and raw. It also had a strange plot and unusual characters.
This book seemed to start out slow. It just talked about how Elsie met Tay and they slowly fell in love. It got a little more interesting when Elsie starts freediving under Tay's instructions. Tay disappears soon after he and Elsie start to get close, and that makes the book more interesting. Near the end of the book, after Tay comes back, it gets really confusing after Elsie finds out a lot more about her brothers death.
One interesting addition to this book is the set of flashbacks spread out throughout the book. They show Elsie and Eddie (her brother) when Eddie was still alive. I also enjoyed how the book was separated into parts, and each title page for a part had a joke from the joke book Eddie received in one on the flashbacks. Eddie's joke book was a pretty big part of the book.
There are a lot of characters in this book, which made it confusing to me. Elsie was a girl who was very confused about how she was supposed to live her life. She decided to betray her parents wishes not to go into water, and finds out who she really is. However, she doesn't necessarily like this discovery all that much. Tay is a rebel who loves Elsie. He wants her to be happy, but isn't always willing to pay the consequences for the things he did wrong. Tay has some friends that aren't real significant, but one of them stands out. His name is Danny, and he is really protective of Elsie. Elsie's mom and dad are very screwed up.
The end of this book is very touching and will leave you in tears. It sums up the book perfectly and is probably the best part of the books. My one complaint about it is that it wraps it up very fast, and gets a little confusing.
Overall, this is a okay drama book that would be perfect for a tragedy book lover.
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