Review - "Dreaming of Antigone"

"Dreaming of Antigone" by Robin Bridges 

Every star has its own path…
“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.

*I received a digital copy of this book for an honest review*
*Thanks to NetGalley & Kensington Books*

Dreaming of Antigone is a story about a girl named Andria, who is dealing with her twin-sister's death. Andria is one of those main characters who just manages to pull you in with the first page. She is sarcastic, she is funny, she is sad and lonely, and you can't help but feel connected to her. All of the characters are dealing with things some way or another, but Bridges manages to not leave any loose strings, creating well rounded characters you simply have to like (except that one character. fuck that one. (read the book and you'll understand)). 

There is also poetry and astrology involved, a love story, drama and tragedy. But at the same time, it's not over the top or too much but simply a beautiful and well written story, that makes you feel sad but also manages to make you laugh. It makes you feel all the right emotions and makes it impossible to put down this book and simply keep on living your life. 
This is the first book by Robin Bridges I've read, but I am already so mesmerized by her world building and I'm in love with her characters and her writing style, that I instantly became a huge fan. (I already read that there's going to be another book from the same universe, about a character that also appears in this book *internal screaming*). 

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes books about serious issues, but which are witty and funny, so there's still something to laugh about. It also has a nice love story and amazing characters and great representation of grief. I just love Dreaming of Antigone and it's truly one of those books that you simply can't put down. 

PS: if you don't know who Antigone is - shame on you! you should know your Greek mythology. 
Bellamy Blake would be disappointed. 


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