Right now I am in Sydney, on holiday with my fiance and his parents and back in my home country after being away for most of the last three years. I finished this book yesterday and it’s been the perfect book for me to read while back in Australia as it took me back to my roots in the bush and on the east coast. The setting and the details that I could relate to, such as Native Australian animals, the blue of the ocean, the gum trees and the mentions of Tim Tams, were definitely one of my favourite parts of Breathing Under Water. It made me smile because it felt like a breath of my childhood and I really want to thank Sophie Hardcastle for writing in such a way that made me feel comforted and at home.
While at times I was smiling while reading this book, I was also saddened by the story and the bleak, dark turns Sophie made in her exploration of grief and loss. The sorrow and the complex feelings of grief washed over me like a wave and I felt in Sophie’s writing how the characters were feeling. It was truly a breathtaking and heartbreaking read.
To give you a little summary, Breathing Under Water is a story about Grace and her twin Ben, who are best friends and share a connection no one else understands. They do everything together, including sharing their love of surfing. Grace has always felt like she’s one step behind her brother, the golden child, but Ben is always looking back over his shoulder, waiting for her to catch up. When the unthinkable happens and the world begins to feel unstable and dark, it will take a lot of courage to find the sun again.
I was completely blown away by this novel. The writing is poetic and raw with its truths and story, and Sophie does a brilliant job in depicting the different layers of human emotions in life. I loved each and every character and the roles they played. I loved the rise and fall of their feelings and the way they developed with each turning tide. I can’t say more because I don’t want to go on too much, but I adored reading this book and the path it took me on. I will not forget the feelings this book gave me, unlike any other.
Have you read this book? I would love to talk about it if you have! If not, please read it and pass it on to more readers.
Jasmine @ Thesepaperwords