Thursday, January 19

Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Try Not To Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Release Date: January 19, 2012
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272

Summary:Learning to live is more than just choosing not to die, as sixteen-year-old Ryan discovers in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he’s trying to forget the darkness from which he has escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl who may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to seek contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst in himself. He and Nicki confide in one another the things they never thought they’d tell anyone—but their confessions are trickier than they seem, and the fallout tests the bound of friendship and forgiveness.

My Thoughts: When I started this novel, I wasn't sure what I was in for? I don't normally like reading books based on a males perspective, as I've said time and time before. I have a problem connecting for some reason.

Try Not To Breathe was a sensible beautiful novel. I really felt like I understood exactly what Ryan was going through. He made it all so clear. He made me feel what he felt.

He tried to kill himself by locking himself in a garage and turning the car on.  He had to go to a mental hospital to get better. While, he was there he met Val and Jake who also have their own problems.

He finally gets out and goes back home to his parents. One day he's down at the waterfall swimming and he runs into a guy's sister he knows. He can't even remember her name. He does eventually find it out and her name is Nicki. Nicki has a lot of questions, she wants to know why her father killed himself. She wants to know what he felt and what made him do it, what lead up to that point, and she believes that Ryan can help her.

Nicki and Ryan become friends, and they share experiences with each other, including visiting psychs.
I really liked Nicki as a character. She is younger than Ryan but she wasn't really immature. She understood him, she never made fun of him, or thought of him as crazy just because of what he has been through or what he's done.

Try Not To Breathe was a really good book. It is short, a little under 300 pages but it’s a remarkable novel. I felt like I really knew Ryan. I felt like I could be friends with him and try to help him get better and want to live.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Characters were great. Even the Male POV was great. I also liked Nicki's personality, she just fit with Ryan. She never cared what anyone else thought about her, and she believed in herself. She wanted answers, and she wanted them bad enough to go to someone she didn't really know.
And Ryan, was a pretty brave realistic character. All in all, Try Not To Breathe was a breath taking and lovable novel. It had depth and it made you want Ryan to live forever and ever. I wanted him to get better and I liked seeing him on his journey to improving his mind and health.

Cover: Love it! I've actually seen both covers, and I like them both. Both are emotional in their own way.

What I'd Give It:


Tee said...

I just downloaded this book. I have been waiting for several weeks for it to come out. I am anxious to read it. I love male POV's as they are so rare in YA. I think it gives us a fresh perspective on things occasionally!

Jordan Deen said...

I agree with Tee, sometimes you need a males voice to unclutter some of the girl voices running around in my head. :)

Vivien said...

Male POV are my favorite. It really gets old always listening to a whiny girl. This sounds completely refreshing. I must read it!

roro said...

Male POV are my favorite so on my wishlist

Alexa said...

I struggled through this one. I don't know what it was but it just didn't really reach me the way I expected it too. I was super excited about a male point of view but it just wasn't powerful enough for me, I couldn't feel their emotions that well.

I'm glad you enjoyed this one though, thanks for the great review.

Unknown said...

This sounds like it would be a neat book. I have not read any of Hubbard's books before, but this is definitely a promising author!


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