Elsie’s twin brother died five years ago in a tragic accident at the beach. The whole family has been in mourning since that day but Elsie wants nothing more than to just remember what happened as the details have been lost to her. When she meets some boys that are into free diving Elsie finds that the diving offers an escape to her pain and feels that it brings her closer to her lost twin.
Reading The Art of Not Breathing I was kind of back and forth and on the fence about how I felt about this story. It’s really quite the drama adding in more and more of this families struggles and then tying those to other things happening in the book but sometimes I felt it lacked a bit of something to get myself emotionally invested in the story.
I think Elsie sometimes didn’t quite feel real to me, of course everyone handles painful events differently but her character sometimes felt a bit off. I can see some of what she did as normal teenage acting out and those were the moments that felt a little more real and then the rest of the family and their struggles were also sometimes frustrating and sometimes heartbreaking and a bit back and forth for me as well. I kind of question a lot of it too as how it had taken five years for the family to fall apart the way they were.
In the end though the events kept me interested enough to say this was an OK read, I’d prefer to have been more emotionally touched by it but the story was just intriguing enough to keep my interest.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.