Review: Dreaming of Antigone – Robin Bridges

dreaming of antigone cover

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS: “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. – via Goodreads

GRADE 5I picked this up because it was recommended to me if I like John Green. So I checked it out, expecting something more like his work, and got Dreaming of Antigone, which I would not say is the not quite the same. Definitely a young adult novel, that’s for sure, and had me thinking “teenagers” more often than not due to numerous different incidents. I think the primary one was the falling in love in like, two days, like. I am not saying that in a derogatory sense, just stating that this book distinctly highlights the thinking pattern of kids. That was just a bit crazy. Not because it has never been seen before in a movie/novel, but because of the history shared by Andria and Alex. It’s rough, supposedly, and if that were real life, it would have been super hectic. The book tries to touch on exceptionally heavy themes, like drug addiction, guilt, medical conditions, resentment, dealing with loss, suicide, etc. but just didn’t handle these themes with as much finesse as it hoped to, and it actually quite soft about the issues, if we are being honest. It felt like they had been glossed over, more than anything. The characters are flat and the story is very, very predictable, which is a bit of a disappointment. Andria is not a character that I liked at all, she just seemed too detached from everything that was going on around her, and the whole thing with Alex was just a bit weird because it all went down so fast. As I said, they have some heavy history that seems to just disappear in a heartbeat, or a few lines of poetry. This was the type of relationship that was a bit sketchy to start with, and the rush job did nothing to make it seem more okay. Despite these drawbacks, the novel is a quick read and flows well, but definitely is not the story it could have been. It didn’t pack an emotional punch, and does not stand out after the fact at all. It did not get me thinking about anything, either, which is what I would have expected from a book dealing with the issues that this one touched on. I don’t know, maybe I am just harder to please, what with not being sixteen anymore and all that.

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14 thoughts on “Review: Dreaming of Antigone – Robin Bridges

  1. table9mutant says:

    You’re back! Yay!! Welcome back. Hope you had a fantastic honeymoon! 🙂 This book sounds like the Meh side of YA. Some young adult stuff is so well written while others feel childish. I hate that. And, ugh – teenagers!

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  2. emmakwall says:

    Great review Zoe, shame it was a bit of a let down. When YA books have those kind of ‘serious’ themes it can get a little cliche at times. Like they’re trying to cover every aspect.

    Have you read the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children YA trilogy yet? I think Tim Burton just made the first one into a movie. I just got a copy of the first one, looks so good can’t wait to read it! I love YA books 🙂

    AHHHH I can’t wait for your ‘we’re married!’ posts!!!! I can’t wait to read about it and see the pics, I hope you’re both very happy together and you had a super, amazing time!!!! ❤

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    • Zoë says:

      Thanks lady! Yeah, I know dealing with heavier themes isn’t easy, but sometimes the books make me want to scream. I have not read them yet, though I have been told to. Maybe I should grab a copy of the first and check it out. Let me know how it goes.

      Bwahahahaha, soon, soon! Waiting on my photographer with bated breath now, can’t wait to see what she’s got for us!

      You are so sweet Em, thanks! It has been a blast so far, and I am sure we will continue to have a good time. I am so happy, I really, honestly am. ❤

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      • emmakwall says:

        I’m such a doofus, I ordered it in large print by accident! The letters and words are so huge lol. It does look good though. An ‘easy read’, intriguing and fantastically there are spooky REAL LIFE photos throughout the book! I thought I’d do the same, read the first one and see how I get on.

        I’m so glad Zoe, it’s so great to hear anyone just declare “I’m happy!” and you deserve it so much! It all sounds bloody brilliant and I hope that photographer gets back to you soon 🙂 enjoy it all! Have fun!!!!

        Never forgotten all the support you (and Eric) gave me when I first joined WordPress 🙂 I think you’re a very lovely person! (okay pass the sick bucket now!! It’s all true though 🙂 )

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      • Zoë says:

        Well, at least you won’t strain yourself when reading 😉 Hmmmm, I keep hearing about the pictures. I have got to check this out.

        Thank you, thank you! Ahhhh, it was not biggie. You are so awesome to chat to, etc. that it was really easy! 😀

        Bwahahahaha! *passing bucket along*

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      • emmakwall says:

        Lol, thanks for the bucket! I needed that hee hee 🙂

        Well it was very kind of you still 🙂

        Oh man you should see this book! The writing is HUUUUUGE! It’s like about 3 words per page (exaggerating but not much!) I’ll let you know what it’s like 🙂 xxx

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