Review: Breathing Under Water

Breathing Under Water
Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is beautifully written, the surfing scenes give the great Tim Winton a run for his money, gorgeous and evocative. The grief is so exquisitely written, Ben and Gracie had become important to me, and then, the disaster happened. This author has nailed the way that teenagers behave after a terrible death, the risk taking, the loneliness, the isolation. This is beautiful and lovely book. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

I’m imagining that some people will have real issues with risky behaviour in the book, and some school librarians will avoid it, Gracie and Jake really do push the limits, but in the context of what is happening to them, I think it is totally understandable and is vital to the ‘realness’ of the story. Don’t avoid buying it for school libraries, grief needs to be spoken of, teenagers behaving normally need to be read about by their peers in my opinion.

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this lovely book.

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