Try Not to Breathe
Release Date: January 19, 2012
Challenges: Sophomore Challenge, Completely Contemporary Challenge
Rating: 4 stars
Ryan spends most of his time alone at the local waterfall because it’s the only thing that makes him feel alive. He’s sixteen, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out what to do with himself after a stint in a mental hospital. Then Nicki barges into his world, brimming with life and energy, and asking questions about Ryan’s depression that no one else has ever been brave enough—or cared enough—to ask. Ryan isn’t sure why he trusts Nicki with his darkest secrets, but that trust turns out to be the catalyst that he desperately needs to start living again.
Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard was a really great read. I was very interested in this one when I heard about it, since I had liked Jennifer Hubbard‘s debut, The Secret Year. Try Not to Breathe was a really touching read that was just a really great book and I am happy to have read it.
I really loved the characters. Val, Jake, Nikki, they were all just great. The relationships between all the characters were so complex, and I loved seeing how everything would pan out between them. I really liked Nikki – she was no nonsense when it came to Ryan; she wasn’t going to let him just hide within himself. I really admired her.
Jennifer Hubbard‘s prose is absolutely beautiful. She really has written just an enchanting story. It deals with such a raw, emotional topic, yet there was a very hopeful light about it. The characters all support each other and will not let anyone fall into darkness, and I loved that about this book.
I would quite recommend Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard. I loved the characters and the story they had to tell. Jennifer Hubbard‘s writing really grew from her debut in this one, and I really am excited to see what is next from her.