Monday, December 26, 2011

Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala Review

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; (January 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0061766690
ISBN-13: 978-0061766695
Received From: Teen {Book} Scene/Author for Review
                   5 Butterflies

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 power­ful 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.

My Thoughts:

Don't Breathe a Word is a powerful, emotional novel, that took me on an incredible journey through the depths that one girl would go to escape, and what it truly means to feel alive.  I absolutely loved everything about this book.  I was swept away with Joy's story.  I really felt her heartbreak as she left behind her family to escape an abusive relationship.  I understood each of her motives, why she was doing what she was doing, and making the decisions she did for herself.  

As she begins to live her life on the streets, and starts to see and experience things she never seen before, she discovers that she is so much stronger than she ever imagined she could be.  When she meets back up with Creed, the boy she has only ran into once before, and they begin to fall in love, their story is both heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time.

Holly Cupala absolutely blew me away with her first book, TELL ME A SECRET, and she has taken my breath away with DON'T BREATHE A WORD.  Don't Breathe a Word has continued to stick with  me long after finishing it, and I'm sure it will be making the list of favorite books of the year.  I can't wait to see what Holly Cupala has in store for us next.


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  1. I've been really eager to read this book after loving Tell Me A Secret. I love a good emotional read every now and then. Those are usually the books that stick with me for a long time.

  2. Wow, this books looks like a good emotional read. I look forward to checking it out.

  3. This sounds INCREDIBLE! Great story, enthralling characters. I can't wait to read it after your review:)

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  4. WOW! Sounds like a very powerful, meaningful read. Thanks so much for this review and congrats Holly!

  5. This one sounds incredible -- different than what I usually read. How cool that the author and her words evoked such a powerful response from you. Definitely looking forward to this one.

  6. I agree! It's definitely going on my favorites list for 2011, I absolutely LOVED it!

  7. I loved this one as well, Holly just took such a sad thing and made it into a very powerful book. I can't wait to go back and read her first book and for her future books that she is writing. She is certainly an author that I'm going to watch out for.

    Glad you loved this one so much, thanks for the amazing review! :)

  8. Sounds amazing (and very emotional)! I'll definitely be adding it to my TBR list (for the YA contemporary challenge especially). Hope it's as good as it sounds!

  9. Thank you so much for your chance to win this book!

  10. Sounds like such a great book. I've added it to my TBR list.

  11. Just about every review I've read includes something about the book blowing the reviewer away . . . which really has my interest piqued. Can't wait to read the book.

  12. The book sounds amazing, thank you for the giveaway! :)

  13. I have just been made aware of this book and have to say it certainly sounds good. Thank you for your review and sharing the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  14. Angela, thank you so much for this review and for being part of the tour!! I'm so happy you liked it. <3

  15. Wow, what a great review and thanks for the giveaway, can't wait to read DBAW!

  16. Great review, this is one book I'm dying to read!!!

  17. Great review, I am very excited to read this book. It looks very good. :)

  18. I'm interested in the street life aspect since 1) I've never read a book about a homeless main character and 2) it takes place in the city where I live! :]

    1. Jasmine, from what I've heard from others in that area. It's very very true to the area.

  19. Love your review! I look forward to reading this book:)


  20. Great review this book looks amazong. I can't wait to read this one :)


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