Sarah Alexander (free) The Art of Not Breathing

SUMMARY The Art of Not Breathing

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 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 birthday cake 2 Dillon was swimming with the dolphins 3 Eddie and I were wading close to shore 4 One minute Eddie was there and then he was gone 5 Dad was supposed to be on the beach but I couldn t see him 6 Mum arrived later after the police called her 7 I collapsed and Dad came to get me 8 All my memories are tinged with a blue hazeThere are a lot of things going on in this book It s a big mystery what actually happened to Eddie until the end of course Elsie spends a lot of time a lone in a boat house where she ends up meeting a buy named Tay and then the whole crew Danny and a few other boys They do free diving as a hobby and Elsie decides she wants to learn so Tay starts to teach her Elsie has an older brother named Dillon and something bad is starting to happen to him This THING eventually ends him up in the hospital The whole family is disfunctional a lot of things have went wrong along the way Elsie gets picked on at school by bullies it makes me sick and I wish someone would beat them down Alisa slams into me nearly knocking me into the road Ergh you re still alive We all hoped you d died over the holidays she says I walk on Sometimes I do wish I were dead but then who would look after EddieI mean someone needs to take all of these bullies and put them somewhere Period Done Elsie feels like she s not even important at home After a little while I wonder if anyone at home has noticed that I m not there Sometimes I feel invisible like a wisp of air that tickles the back of someone s neck before they close the window to block the draftBut in the water she feels something memoriesElsie slowly starts to remember things that happened that day She starts to figure out why her brother Dillon has issues with Tay and why does Danny seem angry all of the time All of the answers come out in the water all she needs is enough time to figure it out There are a lot of secrets in this book I found it all to be very sad but some things turned out for the better when all of the secrets come out in the open 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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The Art of Not Breathing

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 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 book worked really well for me It is a rather short book but I think it moved fast for me because of how the story flowed I just didn t want to uit turning pages once I reached a certain point in the story I was curious about the characters and their histories from the start of the book The that I read the that I hooked These characters have a lot of issues to deal with and I really wanted to see things work out for them I am kind of surprised by how many tough topics found their way into this story but it workedThis story follows Elsie Elsie s twin brother Eddie died in a drowning accident 5 years earlier Elsie and the rest of her family are just trying to keep moving forward but in many ways they are failing Elsie s dad leaves for long periods of time and nobody knows where he is Her mom drinks than she should Elsie isn t doing well in school and has no friends Dillon seems to doing the best in the group but that s not really the caseElsie doesn t remember exactly what happened the day that Eddie died but she wants to remember When she meets Tay and the other diving boys she ends up learning to dive and finds that she feels closer to her lost brother under the water She is remembering things and hopes to learn what happened just as her family is falling apartThere were a few times in the story that I wanted to shake the characters for some of their actions but I always felt that what they did felt authentic People don t always do what they should and as teenagers it can be even harder While I didn t always like what the characters were doing I understood why they made the choices that they did I would recommend this book to others It was a book that had a really strong finish that made me feel for the characters I am really a bit upset that I put this one off for as long as I did I would definitely read from Sarah Alexander in the future I received an advance reader copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children s Book Group HMH Books for Young Readers via NetGalleyInitial ThoughtsThis book had a really strong finish It was a uick read that really hit on a lot of difficult topics I was as desperate as Elsie to find out what happened to Eddie and it was really hard to see how much everyone was hurting

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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


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

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

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    355 stars 5 years ago Eddie drowned 5 years ago Elsie's life turned upside downShe cannot remember the details o

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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 h

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    Actual Rating 05 The Art of Not Breathing takes place five years after the death of Eddie Main who drowned in the ocean His

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    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 book worked really well for me It is a rather short book but I think it moved fast for me because of how the stor

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    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 p

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    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 hoped this o

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    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 S

  10. says:

    Umm nope this just wasn't for me