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.
Try Not to Breatheby Jennifer R. Hubbard
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,/i>
A dark and provocative novel from the author of The Secret Year
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. Jennifer R. Hubbard has created a riveting story about a difficult but important subject.
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- Age Range:
- 14 - 17 Years
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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.
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.
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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.