Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Review: Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

“I can’t ever be the blazing star that Iris was. I’m still just a cold, dark satellite orbiting a star that went super nova.”

Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact—including a drug problem. Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she—the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe—is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.

Heartwrenching, smart, and bold, Dreaming of Antigone is a story about the jagged pieces that lie beneath the surface of the most seemingly perfect life…and how they can fit together to make something wholly unexpected.

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 29th 2016 by Kensington

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Kensington via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is March 29th, 2016.

This is a story about grief and what happens to those left behind after someone is taken away suddenly.  It deals with the inability to let go and move on, the void that is left and survivors guilt.

While I will say that this story is not entirely original in its concept as I have read others similar, it still managed to capture the emotions it was aiming for, particularly since this is for the YA genre.

As a twin, I could not imagine what it would be like to lose my other half.  Andria's journey is something out of my worst nightmare.

The highlight of this story (potential spoiler, maybe) is the them of two broken people coming together to heal.  It shows that no matter how damaged someone might be, they always need someone to lean on, and potentially that someone can turn out to be really good for them.

I will warn people, I almost shed tears at one point.  It was the part with Sophie, I will say no more.  Only those who read this story will know.

Overall I enjoyed this story.

About the Author

By day, Robin Bridges is a mild mannered writer of young adult fiction. By night, she is a pediatric nurse, poking small children with needles for a living. She lives on the Gulf Coast with her family and an ever-growing menagerie of cats, dogs, tropical fish, and parrots. But alas, she still does not have a unicorn.

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