I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have given Breathe Deep & Swim by Jenna Marcus two out of five stars ⭐️⭐️
We follow two brothers; Wolfgang and Van Gogh, who end up on the road after they discover their father has died from the coronavirus. Not wanting to go into foster care they decide to quickly pack up everything they can muster and venture out to look for their mother who had abandoned them. Unfortunately this book wasn’t for me. Reading about the coronavirus in a book was a little too soon for me and I thought that there wasn’t much of a point to this story overall. I couldn’t fully escape into this book due to the mentioning of the coronavirus as it is still very present at this moment in time.
I found that I didn’t mesh well with the some of the words written from Wolfgang’s perspective; as I thought the language used didn’t fit his supposed fourteen year old self. He was either whining like a young child or he was using words which made him sound a lot older than fourteen years old. Also, I found it difficult to really connect with the characters and feel anything towards them until the last part of the book where the author included quite a few emotional scenes.
Have you read Breathe Deep & Swim by Jenna Marcus? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.