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Dreaming of Antigone Paperback – March 29, 2016
From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Life has been unfair to 16-year-old Andria: she was born with epilepsy, her father committed suicide when she was two, and five months ago, her twin sister, Iris, died of an apparent heroin overdose. As Andria tries to adjust to life without Iris, she focuses her energy on staying seizure-free for six months so she can obtain her much-wanted driver's license. During this time, she becomes reluctantly involved with former bad boy Alex, Iris's ex-boyfriend who Andria's family believed was a bad influence on Iris and responsible for her death. On top of feeling guilty for her relationship with Alex, Andria regrets so many other things, like her unawareness that Iris had developed a drug habit and her own actions on the night Iris died. Obvious similarities to Antigone abound, which Andria notes throughout the narrative, even referring to her own life as a Greek tragedy. There is confusion about who is good or bad in Andria and Iris's world, much like in Antigone and her sister Ismene's world. This novel is reminiscent of Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You (Penguin, 2014), though not as sophisticated and aimed squarely at young adult readers. VERDICT A well-done story with believable characters, a nicely paced plot (including some twists), and a satisfying ending.-Melissa Kazan, Horace Mann School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
By day, Robin Bridges is a mild?mannered writer of young adult fiction. By night, she's a pediatric nurse who pokes small children with needles. Robin lives on the Gulf Coast with her family, two dogs, three cats, thirteen fish, and two starfish. She is the author of the historical fantasy series, the Katerina Trilogy, published by Delacorte/ Random House.
You can learn more about Robin at www.robinbridges.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story revolves around a twin named Andria who is dealing with the death of her twin sister Iris after overdosing on drugs. She's trying to figure out where she fits in at school and dealing with her grief on her own. On top of that she has to deal with the boy whom she blames for her sisters death to begin with, her sisters boyfriend and recovering drug addict.
I found the use of poetry to be the thing that kept me the most interested while reading because Andria and Alex secretly write poetry on the desk in Algebra to each other unknowingly. I really liked getting to those points in the book. I also liked Andria's love for astrology. The relationship that builds between Andria and Alex was so great to see unfold. As Andria learns more about who her sister really was and the secrets she kept, she starts to form new opinions about Alex. This view is further changed with the more time she spends with him. I wouldn't say that they fall in love, but they both learned to heal in the most unexpected of ways. The guilt and blame that they both carried gave them something in common. These were things I loved the most. This book took a dark turn that I was not expecting and helped build up the ending. While I thought Andria's mom was overbearing and lived a fantasyland and denial, disregarding issues and emotions of her own and those of her daughter, I felt so bad for her.
I will say I did not like Andria that much in the beginning because she was kind of bitchy. But I grew to really like her. Alex was great, I felt so bad for him, although I feel a little shortchanged on him because I feel like I didn't get enough of his backstory to truly explain the reasoning for his drug addiction. Natalie was a great friend to Andria, but Tris was kind of a terrible friend. I didn't care for her that much. I did enjoy this book, I just didn't feel 100% invested in the story.
I will say this book deals with sensitive topics that may make some readers feel uncomfortable. I would still recommend it for readers.
Dreaming of Antigone is a tragic story about a family surrounded by loss, heartbreak, and secrets with Andria and her twin sister Iris at the center of it all. Iris died of a drug overdose six months ago, something Andria, her family and their friends are still struggling with. Andria is now trying to continue her life through her grief, in a world where she’ll discover that not everything is as it once seemed.
“Iris’s death was officially deemed an accident. Not a suicide. But don’t you have to have some sort of death wish to smoke heroin?”
I loved this book so much more than I ever thought I would, it is a story that sticks with you and shows you how life can be filled with sadness, love, and unexpected truths. I love how this story is so family and friendship-oriented, and how all of these characters try to deal with the loss of Iris and what happened the night of her death. However, Dreaming of Antigone is a story that will break your heart but at the same time give you hope for the people who are left standing in the wake of tragedy and loss.
“I'm trapped, and I push up on my hands, trying desperately to stay above him. His grasp tightens as he squeezes my waist. Nerve endings all over my body explode like fireworks, and suddenly I feel out of control. It feels wild. Intoxicating.”
We also have Alex, the boy who is in the eyes of many to be blamed for Iris’ death. There are so many unexpected things about this story of Andria, Iris, and Alex, which makes the story so much more complex than it first seems. There is so much about the seemingly perfect life we don’t see until everything is turned upside down. Nonetheless, it is a story that is magical all in its own way. Dreaming of Antigone is filled with beautiful poetry, due to a mutual interest between two characters, and it really adds something special to the story. It makes it such a wonderful and enchanting read. The important topics this book deals with makes it a perfect read for anyone who wants to read a story that will give them a little more from their reading experience.
“Blazing stars streak across the sky above us. I shake my head. Love keeps me warm.”
Andria, our main character, is dealing with the aftermath of her twin sister's death that happened six months ago. Andria immediately pulled me in through her kind and even a bit sarcastic personality. Although she is easy to love she still has her flaws, and isn't dealing with her sister, Iris's death as well as her family and friends seem to be.
All of the characters we are introduced to are dealing with their own grief in different ways. I enjoyed learning about them and seeing how they brought something to the story in a way to represent different stages of grief. Besides Andria - I enjoyed getting to know Alex, who was Iris's boyfriend when she passed away.
There was poetry, romance, drama, and all the other things that make us love contemporary novels in the first place. And as the story continues, we find out the truth surrounding Iris’s death and every character is forced to finally deal with everything from their past and find a way to truly move on. It was a little heartbreaking at times, but the story wraps up in a beautiful way.
This was my first book that I’ve read from Robin Bridges, and I have to say that I’m now a fan because her writing was absolutely beautiful. It was able to pull me in from the first page and made this book enjoyable and easy to understand.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The story was great and full of interesting characters. It was a good representation of grief and all the tough issues it tackled throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporaries!
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