Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: March 29th 2016
2 OUT OF 5 STARS
Disclaimer: A copy of this novel was received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“I am a terrible person. He was my twin sister’s boyfriend.”
Andria is still reeling from the loss of her twin sister, Iris, to a heroin overdose. She’s failing classes, her friends are distancing and she has to avoid having a seizure in the next few days if she wants a driver’s licence. Now, on top of everything, she’s starting to fall for the wrong guy.
Dreaming of Antigone had every opportunity to be exciting, but the best word for this book is bland. It’s a story that has been told a thousand times, and Bridges hasn’t really brought anything new to the table. The story uses well known character tropes, various writing clichés and sprinkles in some poetry for good measure.
There’s also the fact that Bridges chose to use the terribly cliched English project plot device using Antigone. Andria is able to look at her life and critically compare it to the characters in the play, which she finds resonates with her on a very personal level. Where this fad of using English class to explain the heart of the story to the readers started is debatable, but it’s lazy writing. Instead of showing us Andria’s feelings Bridges just uses Antigone to explicitly tell us how things are for Andria now.
The romance felt halfhearted and out of place. Andria dealing with Iris’s death was enough on it’s own without throwing in a boy. The poetry connection between them was strange, and there didn’t feel like there was any real chemistry. The relationship continues to develop on weak, shaky legs, and it never actually grows into something that feels plausible.
The book was predictable and weak, but it was enjoyable. Much like you might enjoy low-budget horror films, Dreaming of Antigone keeps you entertained. The standard stock plot and characters are familiar for readers. You know exactly what you’ll get out of this book when you pick it up, and while it’s nothing special it’s a fine way to spend an afternoon.