“You hate me and I hate you,
And we are so polite, we two!
But whenever I see you, I burst apart
And scatter the sky with my blazing heart.
In spits and sparkles in stars and balls,
Buds into roses – and flares, and falls.”
Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges is a stand alone novel that follows a girl in highschool who lost her sister, her father, and tries to cope with her life. My rating for this is a 3.5/5 stars.
This is supposed to be a retelling of the Greek tragedy, Antigone. The novel has a lot of heavy material right from the beginning (her father passed and her sister commits suicide). It did seem pretty dark in the first few chapters while we got to know the main character’s family history and drama. It follows Andria in her day-to-day life going through high school and the many other dramas that will follow her throughout the book. Andria’s twin sister, Iris visits her in dreams and basically haunts Andria, making her lose her bearings every now and then. The whole story is like a countdown to when Andria can get her license; because she suffers from seizures so she has to wait until it has been a few months to try to retake it. All the while she tries to fit in with her sister’s group of friends and even bumping into Iris’ old boyfriend, Alex Hammond.
I did not feel any connection to the main character, Andria, but her friends had more character that I could see as being real people. There is heavy drug content in this book and more mature themes than in some other young adult novels but I think it is important to address certain issues like drugs and alcohol. I found this book to be enjoyable and had me laughing at some very relatable quotes like: “Answer four of the following five essay questions. Each question is worth twenty-five points. I just spend the last thirty minutes studying the wrong thing.” The timing on certain events, especially between her and Alex seemed unrealistic. They would magically bump into each other or get left alone together. It helped to develop the story, but again it was unrealistic. Speaking of Alex, the romance in this novel is a little odd and I thought it was cute but incredibly cringe worthy at times (almost inappropriate because of the circumstances). The novel was loaded with amazing poems, stargazing, and Howl’s Moving Castle references which made this novel so nostalgic of high school for me. The best part about this novel is that it catches your attention and makes reading it enjoyable. I would recommend it to people who like emotion capturing novels, romance, or fast reads.
*I was give a copy of this book on Netgalley, but as always my opinions are mine 100%.