Sarah Alexander: The Art of Not Breathing



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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 gly 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 nderstand the short phone messages that precede some of the chapters maybe they are another to show s 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 Captivated by the Millionaire 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 theirnionI also really enjoyed the fact i 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 really well for me It is a rather short book but I think it moved fast for me because of how the story flowed I just didn t want to it turning pages once I reached a certain point in the story I was curious about the characters and their histories from the start of the book The that I read the that I hooked These characters have a lot of issues to deal with and I really wanted to see things work out for them I am kind of surprised by how many tough topics found their way into this story but it workedThis story follows Elsie Elsie s twin brother Eddie died in a drowning accident 5 years earlier Elsie and the rest of her family are just trying to keep moving forward but in many ways they are failing Elsie s dad leaves for long periods of time and nobody knows where he is Her mom drinks than she should Elsie isn t doing well in school and has no friends Dillon seems to doing the best in the gr. 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.

Umm nope this just wasn t for me 35 stars The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander is her YA debut novel I came pon 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 My Mother, a Serial Killer 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 Elsieses 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 The Italians Stolen Bride understand his actions at allAilsa and her friend Dillon s girlfriend nonetheless are bullying Elsie and I have yet tonderstand the reason Elsie gives The Greek Tycoons Mistress 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 grewp 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. 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

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Oup but that s not really the caseElsie doesn t remember exactly what happened the day that Eddie died but she wants to remember When she meets Tay and the other diving boys she ends Tikki Tikki Tembo up learning to dive and finds that she feels closer to her lost brothernder the water She is remembering things and hopes to learn what happened just as her family is falling apartThere were a few times in the story that I wanted to shake the characters for some of their actions but I always felt that what they did felt authentic People don t always do what they should and as teenagers it can be even harder While I didn t always like what the characters were doing I Bidding on Her Boss (The Hawke Brothers, understood why they made the choices that they did I would recommend this book to others It was a book that had a really strong finish that made me feel for the characters I am really a bitpset that I put this one off for as long as I did I would definitely read from Sarah Alexander in the future I received an advance reader copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children s Book Group HMH Books for Young Readers via NetGalleyInitial ThoughtsThis book had a really strong finish It was a ick read that really hit on a lot of difficult topics I was as desperate as Elsie to find out what happened to Eddie and it was really hard to see how much everyone was hurting 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 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 five seconds literally AND SHE ALMOST SAID HER FIRST NAME AND THEN HIS LAST NAME TOGETHER I m fuckign pissing let me die Insta love at its finest y allTHIS IS JUST SAD AND I M NOT UP FOR IT SADLYThe characters are so ninteresting and there s literally nothing happening in this book I m aware this is a mystery Mystery of what If the mc and her boy end p together Bye I don t need that The mc is kind of stupid tooThis is just so bad imo and I can t read. 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.

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