DREAMING OF ANTIGONE
by Robin Bridges
Release Date: March 29, 2016
About the Book
"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.
Heart wrenching, smart, and bold, "Dreaming of Antigone "is a story about the jagged pieces that lie beneath the surface of the most seemingly perfect life and how they can fit together to make something wholly unexpected.
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The last time I saw Alex Hammond, he was strung out on heroin, just as high as my sister. That was the night Iris died. And I’d hoped I would never lay eyes on the bastard again.
Trista leans up against the counter. “When did you get back in town?”
No one bothered to tell me he was back from rehab. Everyone calls him Pluto Alex because he’s always been way out there. Like effing Pluto.
“Last week,” Alex is saying. “I was back in class Monday. Where have you been?”
No one told me rehab made a boy grow muscles like that either. Alex was a scrawny rocker boy with scruffy long hair when he dated Iris. He still has the tattoos on his arms, but oh my god, those arms have gotten muscular.
I glare at him with all the hate my short frame can summon. If I had lasers for eyes, he’d be a puddle of goo. It’s a waste of emotion, though. He’s focusing on Trista.
As most boys do. Still, it’s been less than six months since my sister died. You’d think Iris’s boyfriend would still be mourning her.
No, I’m being a b****. Trista is gorgeous. And even though she already has a boyfriend, she’s always had a thing for broken boys. Alex is about as broken as they come.
He comes closer to me. He smells like fresh-baked bread. His smile is gone, and he looks nervous. “How have you been?”
“How do you think?” I spit out. And immediately feel bad. I stare at the menu on the board behind him. I’m thinking I’ll get the fried dill pickles here, if they have good dipping sauce for them. My sister loved fried mushrooms. She would have loved this place with its quirky but oh-so-hipster vibe. “Rehab looks good on you,” I admit, grudgingly.
He exhales, reaching up to scrub his newly shorn head. “Adventure therapy. The parents found a holistic center up in the mountains where I kayaked and hiked through my addiction. Been clean since that night, Andria.”
And he’s cleaned up pretty well. His eyes are a clear blue. An irresistible blue. I can’t believe I just thought that. He was a junkie, just like my sister. And while it’s freaking wonderful he was able to turn his life around, I hate that my sister didn’t get the chance.
About the Author
By day, Robin Bridges is a mild mannered writer of young adult fiction. By night, she is a pediatric nurse, poking small children with needles for a living. She lives on the Gulf Coast with her family and an ever-growing menagerie of cats, dogs, tropical fish, and parrots. But alas, she still does not have a unicorn.
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