The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It is approaching Elsie’s sixteenth birthday and also the five year anniversary of the death of her twin brother. She only remembers flashes about what happened that fateful day, but nightmares she has been experiencing are becoming more vivid and are jarring her memories along the way. As Elsie begins to understand the truths about Eddie’s death, she is also drawn to Tay, a boy who has recently returned to her small town. Can Elsie discover the answers to her missing memories? Will her family be able to cope with the truth?
The Art of Not Breathing is a coming of age story that many can relate to, but includes story elements that most readers will never have to deal with. The chapters vary from very short to moderate in length. The variety will cause the reader to believe they are moving through the pages quickly, no matter what their reading speed really is. It is unlikely that readers will discover the truth before Elsie and this almost surprise ending will satisfy a reader’s taste for mystery too.
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