April 19, 2016 by Betty
Title: Dreaming of Antigone
Author: Robin Bridges
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.
Heart-wrenching, 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.
I read this book in a matter of like four hours. It was a really quick read without extra details and filler information. It deals with a lot of deep subjects such as overdosing on drugs, pedophilia/sexual abuse, suicide and depression. I enjoyed Andria’s character and was in agreement with many of her views and thoughts on her fellow classmates, like how she disapproved and did not join in when they did drugs and drank for fun. She did not really push her friends to stop but she simply did not participate and stood watch to make sure they didn’t go too far.
The romantic relationship between Alex and Andria seemed….premature. I get that it has been six months since she last even saw Alex and he’s changed drastically after rehab, but it seemed really quick to fruition. Andria seems really grounded and levelheaded for the most part throughout the book, yet she found Alex irresistible after just a few days. It was sort of an insta-love sort of feel. The book actually reminded me a lot of In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey. Many aspects of the story was the same. Great cover, absolutely loved it, but a pretty mediocre story.
Until next time!
**I received this book to review via NetGalley.**