STAFF PICK & REVIEW BY SUSANNA G.
I started reading Robin Bridges' Young Adult DREAMING OF ANTIGONE and before I knew it half the day had gone and I had reached the last page. DREAMING OF ANTIGONE is a standalone, issues-driven novel that follows 17-year-old ANDRIA in the aftermath of her twin sister’s tragic death. As she struggles with survivor’s guilt (and her own epilepsy), poetry-obsessed Andria only finds peace while stargazing through her telescope. To make matters worse, she doesn’t know what to do when she realizes she’s starting to fall for ALEX, the ex-boyfriend of her sister and someone she vowed to hate. As Andria finally starts to come out of her shell a little, another shocking reveal sets her world upside down once more.
Bridges creates a very relatable and dynamic character with Andria – she is facing struggles that a lot of YA readers (and those of us older than that too!) can understand. Throughout the story, I found myself rooting for Andria to be able to come to terms with her issues (and also get together with dreamy, poetry writing Alex). DREAMING OF ANTIGONE is an emotionally complex novel that will be sure to resonate with anyone who has ever struggled with a should-I-shouldn't-I moment - and anyone who is searching for their own storybook romance. While the potential relationship between Alex and Andria is certainly swoon-worthy, the added layers of emotional acceptance and growth are what really connects you to this story.
"Heartfelt and emotional." --Rebecca Phillips, author of Faking Perfect
"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.