The Art of Not Breathing Review

the art of not breathing

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

Title: The Art of Not Breathing

Author: Sarah Alexander

Song: Ghost by Ella Henderson

Published: April 26, 2016          # of Pages: 288

Date Started: May 22, 2016      Date Ended: May 23, 2016

Category: Fiction, Contemporary, Love, Grief

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.”


I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. So here we go!

The plot was absolutely enthralling. The opening showed us a mysterious backstory as to what happened. But only hints of what happened. The rising action showed the female lead starting to remember what happened that day. It was mysterious yet again leading up to the climax. Now, that climax was just spectacular! It was so intense and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. That’s how good it was. Secrets where shared and memories finally filled. The falling action continued with what happened during the climax. It started to tie things together and easily put things in their final resting place. {no pun intended} the conclusion was just, wow. I wouldn’t have written a conclusion as good as that one was. It ended beautifully and I really enjoyed the way the author wrote it.First of all, this book was a contemporary about fear, pain, and how to overcome it all to become the person you where meant to be. It was thrilling, saddening, and mysterious. I absolutely loved reading it. Even though some parts I wished weren’t there I still enjoyed the story.

The characters where absolutely eye opening. They all developed wonderfully. They each had a hardship but where able to overcome it and heal from their mistakes. It was beautiful really. Truly beautiful. Our Female Lead is Miss Elsie Main. The twin of the deceased Eddie, who drowned five years prior. It’s her story of how she over came guilt, secrets, and finally peace with how she finds out how her brother died. To fully end things, she met a mysterious new boy, our male lead Tay Mackenzie. A boy who just recently moved back into town. He teaches Elsie how to love and figure out what truly happened. And how to forgive. With these two, anything was bound to happen. The Villain or bad guy in this book I would say was Elsie’s Memory. How it was stopping her from getting closure with her brother. Now onto our Supporting characters. Eddie Main, Elsie and Dillon’s brother. He was the main cause of sorrow and pain in the story. Colin and Celia Main, who are Eddie, Elsie, and Dillon’s parents. Dillon, who is Eddie and Elsie’s older brother. Mick(father) and Danny(son), owner of the Black Fin. The diving shop. Lara, Dillon’s girlfriend. Oh and the Dive Boys! Friends of Danny and Tay. (I forgot their names oops) Without these characters, no matter how big or small they where, all added to the story. And I loved them all. 

This book was a wonderful story of Pain, Love, Sorrow, Loss, and Closure. It was beautifully written and I wouldn’t have written it any way different. I wish this Author luck in her future novels and I can’t wait to read any new book she has.

Congratulations Sarah Alexander on one of the most beautiful Contemporaries I’ve ever read.


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