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    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

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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 window so I couldn't give one sadly The mc is blander than fuckign salt and even paper had personality than her I'm fucking deceased She meets the guy for a second time the first time for only

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    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 fe

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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

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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 twin sister Elsie M

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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 re

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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 page one I was gripped by Elsie's story She's a shlob And she knows it And though she's not necessarily cool wit That doesn't mean she isn't cool as hellCause she is Cool Brave Loving in her own rough way And even though Elsie's family is one huge jacked up mess after h

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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 a

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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

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    Umm nope this just wasn't for me

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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. 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 drive a reluctance to do anything other than wonder what had happened to her brother and she seemed generally a bit lostThe storyline in this was about Elsie trying to find out what had happened to her twin brother and why he drowned We also got a bit of a romance storyline and the story touched on Elsie s other brother s eating disorderThe ending to this had a couple of twists and I didn t guess what had really happened to Elsie s twin625 out of 10

CHARACTERS The Art of Not Breathing

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 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 one would be a uick and light readWell it turns out I read it in a few hours It wasn t light at all but it had something that made turn every page eager to know what would happen next The story Five years after the drowning of her twin brother Scottish teenager Elsie Main confronts the tempestuous sea and her family s tragic pastSince 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 The characters Elsie is a 16 yo who is experiencing life as a normal 16 yo would The characterization was very well done and the development felt real and necessary She has a twin brother Eddie who died 5 years before but she has yet to discover what happened to him She then embarks in an physical and psychological adventure to find out Elsie uses freediving as a sort of therapy and her results without even taking serious classes were astounding Tavey is the cute and tormented boy she slowly becomes friend with But their friendship seems to hide some secretsDillon is Elsie s brother He suffers for everything that s happening to their family collecting the pains of the past and the present I had mixed feelings for him throughout the book because I wasn t able to understand his actions at allAilsa and her friend Dillon s girlfriend nonetheless are bullying Elsie and I have yet to understand the reason Elsie gives us one but I am not fully convinced by it It s pointless to say I deeply hated both of these girlsDillon and Elsie s parents are coping with past events and they have yet to learn how to help their children I wasn t rooting for them as individuals at all I was rooting for their familyDanny is a coward Enough saidAnd last but not least Eddie We learn a few chapters in that he suffered at birth He didn t breathe properly and there were conseuences when he grew up Throughout the book he didn t feel different at all he seemed like a normal child and despite everything people were saying he was in fact normal but in his own way The themes This book approaches a wide range of difficult themes death grief eating disorders bullying and parenting I don t want to say much because I think it is necessary to read this book to fully comprehend how the author creates the connections among these issuesI ll say though that I absolutely hated the gratuitous injustices and the violent bullying I wanted to step into the story myself and strangle everybody with my own hands including those who don t do anything in first person but they don t even stop their friends The bullying looked a bit exaggerated thoughI liked the fact the author presented Elsie who seem to suffer from an eating disorder herself one opposed to her brother without pitying her but creating a realistic image of the events Having a difficult interaction with the parents themselves it was a detailed portrait of the life they like many other people seem to haveSarah Alexander previously was a mental health support worker so we can see from where all of this comes It felt so real and ugly at times that I was both emotionally detached and moved at the same time The writing Sarah Alexander s writing was simple straight forward and addictive I couldn t stop reading and even if it was difficult to read about certain happenings the chapters went on smoothly The words pictured one of the most realistic stories I have ever read I didn t really understand the short phone messages that precede some of the chapters maybe they are another to show us Eddie I am not sure but some of the jokes and interaction were cuteAlso I loved the flashbacks Elsie had in the water I don t know if I loved the idea or that I was waiting for them to happen and I wanted to know what happened so much A general evaluation I have probably used the word real too much in this review but this is exactly what this book was in my opinionI love the title and it perfectly links two of the main aspect of the story Eddie s non breathing when he was born and Elsie s love for freediving I thought about this and I came to the conclusion that this title feels like the connection the twins seem to have in the story it reflects their unionI also really enjoyed the fact it was set in Scotland which isn t like an ideal place for swimming or freediving I love the seaocean and I adore swimming so this element really struck a chord with me This book is permeated with sadness and pain though Sometimes it was hard to read but I sincerely couldn t stop The ghosts of the past seem to influence the present even that they should And secrets seemed to be the second nature of the family and friends At the end I thought I was going to get what it really happened but then it looked impossible and then it was a totally different thing and I almost got it The end in my opinion lacked a bit of closure though Anyway this book is really enjoyable and it was a nice change from my usual picks My favorite uotes That s the thing with art You always have to look at it from a different perspectiveMy 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 tooI ll try And you promise me that you ll breathe

FREE READ ¸ TALKLOBBY.CO.UK ´ Sarah Alexander

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

  • Hardcover
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  • The Art of Not Breathing
  • Sarah Alexander
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  • 16 March 2017
  • 9780544633889

About the Author: Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander grew up in London with dreams of exploring the world and writing stories After spending several years wandering the globe and getting into all sorts of scrapes she returned to London to complete a Master's degree in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College in 2013 Previous jobs include tomato picker travel consultant mental health support worker and suitcase administrator Now sh