Try Not to Breathe

Try Not to Breathe

by Jennifer R. Hubbard


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Along she came…
Everyday, Ryan Turner must face the reality that everyone knows what he did. It’s in they way they speak to him. It’s in the way they look at him. Ryan’s only solace comes from the local waterfall, where the violent crashing of the water clears his mind of everything.

But then one day, a girl named Nicki Thornton throws herself into his solitary world. Nicki is direct about his past and determined to crash through the wall of glass that Ryan has put between himself and others. She seeks answers to questions that she knows only Ryan can understand. Nicki dives deeper into his life, opening his heart and getting closer to the shameful secrets that he has tried to bury. Though Ryan knows he does not have all of the answers that she seeks, but he realizes that he may have found an answer to his own questions in her.

“Haunting, hopeful and masterfully crafted”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142423875
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/24/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 378,403
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer R. Hubbard lives in the Philadelphia area. She is a hiker, a chocolate lover, and a night person who believes that mornings were meant to be slept through. Her short fiction has appeared in literary magazines. Her published books include the contemporary young-adult novels The Secret Year, Try Not To Breathe, and Until It Hurts To Stop.

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Try Not to Breathe 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Kapri More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read Try Not to Breathe. It sounded heartbreaking yet so good. Try Not to Breathe was different than I expected, but it was still good. Try Not to Breathe wasn't as hard to read as I thought it would be. Considering the subject matter, it was surprisingly not hard to get through. It was still heartbreaking in its own way, but it wasn't super intense. I appreciated this a lot, because the subject of suicide can be a very difficult topic to tackle. I was expecting this book to be more romantic than it was. Not that this is a bad thing. It is more of a story about healing. Not just for the main character, Ryan, but for others such as Nicki herself, and Ryan's friends Val and Jake. I grew to like Jake. His own story and past wasn't very intense, but I still felt for him. And I think he really grew during this book. Nicki wasn't my favorite part of the book. She seemed immature at times, which put me off a bit. But I grew to feel for her and like her. I kind of wish we could have seen more of Val's and Jake's story, especially Jake. I would have liked to see a little more of Jake's healing process. Overall, Try Not to Breathe was a very heartbreaking novel. I loved seeing everyone's healing process.
KimShelkey More than 1 year ago
This was my first Jennifer Hubbard read and it was pretty good! It was an extremely well written, moving story, but it did leave me wanting in parts, which is something I frequently say about Realistic Fiction - Psychology/Mental Health books, I'm not sure why, but there always just feels like there are little holes left over when I finish. TRY NOT TO BREATHE was, in my opinion and I’m no expert, an extremely accurate portal of suicide and the ripple effect it has from that person on throughout their family, friends, town, school, etc. When I first started reading I didn’t feel like I was going to connect with Ryan at all, but as the story progressed I clutched to him. Which worked well, it allowed that reader/character relationship to grow in a natural way, allowing myself/readers to take their time to understand and feel what the character is feeling and develop and understanding of their personality and how they deal. I really loved Ryan’s quirky attitude about everything, it really helped to take what could have been an extremely dark book (which would have been good too) and brought light to it, kept me smiling while still gripping the emotion behind his story. And, if Ryan didn’t give me a good chuckle in the moment, well, I’m sure Nikki took that moment over! I loved Nikki, and while I’m usually a die-hard rooter for the “person who saw them first” (which wasn’t Nikki) Nikki stole this race for me. The combination of issues between the two of them was a perfect weaving of mystery, suspense, sadness, pain and hope, keeps you on the edge of your seat for a very hilly emotional roller coaster. The overall most amazing thing about this book for me was Jennifer Hubbard’s ability to cover such a tough, rash subject. There is never any rhyme or reason that individuals commit suicide, and by that I mean that there is typically no real “tell” sign, no real understanding and very little similarity from situation to situation. Hubbard’s story was spectacular in relaying not only that, but the importance of the people around you and how to lean on one another for support. It was…sad…and I should really say happy…but having dealt with my own issues, I know there is never no end to the need for support, so while you do get some sort of good ending to the book, you know that Ryan and Nikki’s journeys are far from over.
Urbanfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this contemporary YA with a touchy subject. The topic is teen suicide and actually quite encouraging without being artificial. I never felt depressed or sad while reading the book. I was sucked into the main character's story and his fight to feel normal. The supporting characters were true additions and made for a well rounded read. The writing style is effortless not once bogging me down, feeling rushed, or wanting to skim pages. While not a book that blew me away, it was a good read.
lms8esmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Try Not to Breathe sheds light on a subject many teens and adults do not want to discuss...suicide. Hubbard does a wonderful job of creating this world in which Ryan lives. I know that many who read this novel will identify with some of the feelings Ryan and Nikki deal with, and Hubbard lets the reader know that there is hope. Things can and will get better. I really liked how Nikki entwined her life with Ryan's life right under his nose. Realizing that living life is worth it regardless of what has happened to you is a message many people need to hear. I'll be sharing this book in my classroom for sure! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is this book about?????????????
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bookworm73MC More than 1 year ago
this book was kind of what i expected but not at the same time if tht makes sense. i loved Nicki and i loved her spunk and her determination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago