Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala
Joy delamere is suffocating.
From asthma, from her parents, and from her boyfriend, Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. She can take his cruel words, his tender words . . . until the night they go too far.
To escape, Joy sacrifices her suburban life to find the one who offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. He introduces her to a world of fierce loyalty, to its rules of survival, and to love--a world she won't easily let go.
Set against the backdrop of the streets of Seattle, Holly Cupala's power-ful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the secrets we keep, and the ways to redemption. But above all, it is an unflinching story about the extraordinary lengths one girl will go to discover her own strength.
One word I’d use to describe this book would be: Gritty.
I only read these types once in a while since I usually read for an escape and why take a break from my troubles only to entangle myself into someone else’s, right? Idk that’s just my genius logic. ANYWAY, that said, whether you’re a big fan of realistic fiction or not, this is a story that needs to be read and while I can’t say it’s a particularly enjoyable read, it’s definitely an unforgettable one.
This book was a heavy one, and not the most pleasant of stories, but if you can get over the uncomfortability at first, you’re in for an intense, unflinching look into the lives of four teens and the troubles that have caused them to go to such lengths in order to disappear.
My only slight complaint is the ending. I’m all for happy endings, but when it’s clear the conclusion is a little more happily ever after than life throws at us, it’s hard to accept. It just felt... a little unsuitable that after everything these characters had to go through, something so simple would have prevented it all. But maybe that’s the point. Turning to help instead of running away could make all the difference.
Don’t Breathe a Word is a fantastic and engaging book that gives you an eye-opening look into the streets of urban Seattle and doesn’t let you forget. Don’t overlook this one!