Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Review: Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

*****5 Stars*****
I am not usually a big fan of Young Adult but I am so glad I got the chance to read this! This isn't your typical YA book. This was different than anything else I've read in this genre. Robin Bridges writes about real life dark problems, such as, suicide, drug use, and overdose, as well as, epilepsy. I think she does a darn good job conveying these problems and making you fall in love with the characters and their struggles. This was a heart-wrenchingly emotional read that will suck you in from the first word to the very last. I could not put this book down for anything!
I loved Andria and Alex from the very beginning. Ever since her twin sister died of an overdose six months ago, Andria has been struggling to keep her grades, her friends, and family from falling apart around her. She uses books and astronomy as a way of escaping her life. Alex Hammond is her twin's ex boyfriend and the one she blames for Iris's death. When they start getting closer, swapping poetry and then secrets, will she continue to hate him or can they find a way to help each other heal?
I absolutely loved this emotional read! You won't be able to stop yourself from falling in love with these two! You will feel every one of their struggles like it is your own and you will root for them to get the happy ending that they both very much deserve. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Reviewed by Ashley Ziegler 
Every star has its own path…
“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.

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