Don't Breathe A Word

Posted December 22nd, 2011 by in *Review / 0 comments

Title: Don’t Breathe A Word

Author: Holly Cupala
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary from Goodreads:
Joy Delamere is suffocating…

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 his 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.

My Thoughts:
I was almost going to let this novel pass me by but thanks to Candace @ Candace’s Book Blog I got to read a beautiful story.

This story starts off with the main character, Joy, deciding that she is going to leave her house to go live on the streets. Instantly this makes a reader wonder why on earth she would trade a nice house for living on the streets where it is cold, wet, and provides little food that wasn’t in the garbage. Turns out Joy has a very good reason to leave, not only do her parents treat her like a little child who can not take care of herself, but she also can not stand being around her boyfriend, Asher, anymore.

So I’m betting that you know how some people love paranormal stories and horror stories because it will give them the chills… Well I never thought I would get chills from a contemporary read but in the beginning half of this novel I had chills. I was very easy to see in flashbacks why Joy had to leave her stuffy life for one of “freedom” on the streets. The whole time you are left wondering exactly what Joy’s boyfriend did to her and that alone is so disturbing but makes the story so great!

If the chills of the story of abuse do not grab your attention, then I’m betting Creed will. Creed once told Joy that he would help her, all she had to do was come looking for his help. What a guy right! Sigh, he is like the classic musical boy that any girl dreams of at least once in her life. You know the type, the sometimes quiet because he is writing his music and when he does perform it is like you are under a spell…*starts daydreaming, no one tell Johnny!*

 Overall, I was captivated by the first half of this novel for the reason that I have never, NEVER, felt abuse in a story the way I felt it in this story. I have had to put several other stories about emotional and physical abuse down because I just didn’t feel that power that abuse can have over a person, especially a person who decides not to leave that environment. Other novels like this have always felt a little fake to me, but this one rises up from the rest and is so captivating and beautiful. During the second half of the novel I wasn’t as captivated but it was still a great storyline. While I thought the ending was a little unrealistic I did enjoy the ending of the book as well. So if you have been looking for a contemporary that can break open your heart and piece it back together again then this is the novel for you. You must give it a try because a story topic as powerful as abuse has never felt this powerful before.

So after all of my ramblings if you haven’t picked up this fact yet, this is a 5 heart book for me. I honestly loved the novel and I can’t wait until I can own my very own copy. Pretty soon I need to find a way to go back and read Holly’s first novel.



No Responses to “Don't Breathe A Word”

  1. Sabrina

    Don't Breathe A Word sounds so amazing! I'm not a big fan of contemporary but I would love to read this one!

  2. Liz. R

    Wow, I didn't expect this one to give you chills! It sounds amazing, I'm definitely going to have to keep an eye out for it. Really great review, glad you enjoyed it so much!

  3. Mandi

    Ohhh! I really want to read this one! 😀 It sounds amazing, and great review! I am for sure going to have to buy this one.

    Have a great holiday! 🙂

  4. Candace

    I'm SO glad you loved it! I agree that the abuse part of the book was pretty chilling. I liked that she looked back at it though cause it would have been hard to read as it's happening.
    Fantastic review Alexa!

  5. chelleyreads

    Don't Breathe A Word sounds like a great contemporary novel. Hopefully soon, I'll get to read it.

    Great review and happy reading 🙂

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