ARC Review: The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

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Reviewer: J

Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for granting me a review copy via Netgalley. Although this is sponsored all ideas are my own. Also, sorry for the inactivity! (haven’t posted in 3 months…oops…) We still won’t be very active on here but I’ll try to post some of my Netgalley reviews. And, my computer wasn’t letting me do paragraph breaks so this is really cringe-worthy. 

Although the book’s synopsis promised more than the contents, the book was overall decent. The cover’s light colors and nice looking font made it seem like this would be a light and peaceful read. But instead, this book about a sister mourning the loss of her brother was way darker than I expected. It was actually kind of uncomfortable for the reader. At least for me haha. I just thought it was written in sort of a weird style that was hard for me to connect with, and that combined with the dark events that were happening made it really awkward to read… That’s my main complaint for the whole book actually. Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, I can talk about something else (another complaint sorry!) I know it seems like I hated this book, but it was solid! I didn’t like how the characters barely changed. I probably stand alone with this opinion, but when I looked back I felt like the characters had remained exactly the same. The events of the book really did not have any effect on them. Sure, the characters were well developed, but it kind of got thrown out the window when they stayed the same through the entire book. But the writing style was really unique as was the entire book. I did think it was “good” but it wasn’t really my style.

Rating: 2 stars