Saturday, 16 April 2016

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.
Dreaming of Antigone
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dreaming of Antigone “The last time I saw Alex Hammond, he was strung out of heroin, just as high as my sister. That was the night Iris died.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose twin sister had died following a heroin overdose.

I thought that Andria was actually doing pretty well considering that her twin sister had died only 6 months previously. She seemed to be coping quite well, and even seemed to be able to hang out with her sister’s boyfriend, who she thought had gotten her sister hooked on the heroin to begin with.

The storyline in this was about Andria’s life following her sister’s death, and we also got storylines concerning hard hitting topics such as sexual abuse, drug abuse, suicide, and child abuse.

There was some romance in this, but it didn’t sit well with me. It just seemed odd that Andria would think it okay and appropriate to date her dead sister’s boyfriend, especially considering that he was the one who had gotten Iris involved with drugs in the first place.

The ending to this was okay, and we did get quite a few twists and revelations on the way there. The romance just didn’t quite do it for me though.

6.25 out of 10

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