Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Don't Breath a Word by Holly Cupala

Review: Don't Breath A Word by Holly Cupala

IN A GLANCE: Stunning...loved this story. I haven't read a YA contemporary novel in a long time and this one was a perfect choice for my first one.

Title: Don't Breath A Word
Author: Holly Cupala
Published by: Harper Teen
Format: Ebook
ISBN #: 0061766690
Buy This: Amazon * Barnes and Noble*

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.


Don't Breath A Word is a realistic glimpse into a girls life, a girl who is always being smothered and protected by her family and even friends at times.  She feels so smothered that she makes it seem as if she has been kidnapped and she runs away.    

Not only does she have asthma, but she fell for a guy who gets very possessive and even blackmails her to get what he wants. So many things make Joy leave, but an easier answer to her problems would have been to tell her family what was happening, right? Well Joy doesn't see it that way.  Joy feels as if she has no other choice other than leave everyone behind and start new, but the only thing is Joy has no idea how hard life is on the streets.

Don't Breath A Word is a fantastic story about love, trust, family and not letting yourself fall under control of someone that is so possessive.  I loved reading Joy's journey into really finding her voice and finding out that she can be loved without being smothered.  Holly Cupula did a fantastic job weaving a very believable story, one that was so real that I could see Joy walking around the streets and having no where to go.  I loved reading every single word of this book.

I also fell in love with its cover!  The colors pop and when I first looked at this book I knew I had to have it.  I loved how the colors of the cover all revolve around the girl on the cover!

My Recommendation:

Don't Breath A Word is a perfect contemporary young adult book for teenage girls and even adults to read.  I loved the topics of this great book, I really think teenage girls will get a lot out of reading this story. 

My Rating: 

Plot: 20/20
Characters: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Cover: 10/10
Ending: 7/10

97 out of 100 = 4 Puppy Rating

The reason I gave it a 7 out of 10 for the ending isn't because I didn't like the ending, no mainly the reason is because I wanted to know if it all worked out in the end.  If her family left her alone more and didn't smother her so much.  Mainly I needed more of the story, I didn't want it to end!!! 

*This was my first book read for the Contemporary YA Challenge that I am doing this year! For the first one this was a perfect pick!!!*

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