Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala (review)

Don't Breathe a Word (paperback) by Holly Cupala
Released into the Wild on January 3rd, 2012 by HarperTeen
Page Count: 320

This book has been all over the place. I saw it at the bookstore, reviewed on several blogs and even in the Young Adult area of the library. After seeing it at the library I picked it up and thought the storyline was interesting. I was so excited to see that Holly was going to be visiting Powell's Bookstore in Beaverton for an Author Event and decided I would immediately read the book and attend. Turns out I was a little busy and read it the night before. When I say that, I mean that basically I was up all night reading it because I COULD NOT put it down. It was a great storyline. This story is not the easiest read but it does draw you in and lead you to a wonderful ending. I loved that Holly included so many local spots in her book. Having only moved here in October, I was happy to know many of the locations mentioned. Plus since I have just visited Seattle I was able to picture some of the places where the teens spent time.

The main character is Joy or Triste as she comes to be called, is a teen in a desperate situation who runs away to the streets of Seattle to escape. Not only is she running from an emotional situation she is running from her family.

Here's a blurb from the back cover:
'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.'

I was drawn into this book from the very beginning. Joy delves right into the problems she is trying to get away from while giving us memories along the way of what she's been dealing with. As she gets strong, I started cheering for her to stand up for herself and do what she thought was right.

I can not imagine what it's truly like to make the decisions that Joy and her street family make in this book. This sure did open my eyes as to what it's like to live on the streets and the decision that might lead a teen to end up there. I think this is a wonderful book dealing with a really tough issue. So I suggest you read it for yourself and see what I mean. And then I suggest you find a way to help the homeless in your area. Check out Holly's site for more information at and find ways to contribute at  You can also find Holly over on her Twitter.

***Disclaimer- I borrowed this book from the library. I am not being compensated nor was I asked to write about it.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

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