Don't Breathe a Word
Author: Holly Cupala
publication date: January 3 2012
From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out.
Joy can take her cruel words until the night they go too far.
Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe…if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late.
Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the hurt of bullying, the meaning of family, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.
I had no idea this book was going to be so good; honestly I didn’t think it was going to be that tough of a subject.
I have read another one of Holly’s books and I liked it, but this one was amazing. I read it from start to finish in a couple of hours, and although it was such a tough subject and a tough book to read I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the words. I was in a trance wanting to know what would happen…. What the outcome could be.
I have read many books about runaway teens and homelessness but nothing has compared to this. This was so raw and real, it’s almost like the author actually experienced it herself.
It’s tough putting a book like this into words. Everything felt so real from the characters down to every last detail. I loved the characters changes, knowing their feelings and emotions, feeling their despair each day that they have to look for food and shelter.
I think that everyone who reads this book really has a different perspective on teen runaways and homelessness. I know I sure do, it makes you say there half of it instead of looking at it in your own point of view.
I felt like the ending came together a little bit too well and too quick, but I was happy with the outcome and what happened to them in that little period.
If you’re looking for an emotional read then please pick up a copy of Don’t Breathe a Word. This book shows how the darkness turned into light and there incredible journey getting there. Holly did such an amazing job approaching the subject and I am excited to see what she comes out with next.