I just finished Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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 delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out.
Joy can take his words—tender words, 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 subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.
Wow. This book seemed so real. Almost like it was a first hand account of living on the streets instead a fictional piece of work. I would love to know if the author did research before writing the book or if its just an incredible piece simply written from her imagination.
Poor Joy. I felt so bad for the world that she was trapped in. Yes, she had a loving and supportive family, but was trapped by her asthma (I can't even imagine what it would feel like to not be able to breathe) and by an abusive boyfriend. But I can't imagine how horrible it must have been for her to have wanted to escape to the streets. (see, even as I write this, I feel as if I'm writing about a real person). There was no sugar coating on the life in the streets. It was gritty and real.
The only thing I didn't like was how everything seemed to wrap up so nicely at the end in an almost happily-ever-after way. Not sure how real that is. But I tend to like happily-ever-afters better anyways.
I definitely think this is one of the books that people are going to be raving about, so if you're a fan of contemporary YA fiction, then don't miss out on it!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
Don't Breathe a Word will be released on January 3, 2012.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 61
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 50
2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 48
2011 YA Contemporary Challenge: 10
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.