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The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander.280 p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, April 26, 2016. 9781544633889.
Publisher synopsis: 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.
First line: The thing I hate most about my father is that he hates me.
Page 56: Time to play a game. I want to wind Dillon up, but I'm also testing the water for myself.
"Where do you go with Lara? To her house? Doesn't she live on Rosemarkie Beach?"
Dillon glares at me. My father gets all jumpy.
"But you stay inside the house, right? You don't go to the beach, eh?" he asks.
"Yes, Dad. Don't worry. I don't go to the beach."
I hesitated before deciding that the above was the first line. You see, two pages before, there's a cute knock-knock joke and the page before, there's this:
I need to talk to you about what happened that day. I'll be
at the Point tomorrow at six. Please come.
This is another book where I already love the voice. It's also a debut!