Try Not to Breathe, by Jennifer R. Hubbard, is one of the quietest, but profound YA Contemporary novels. Written from Ryan’s perspective, the story sets about his life after his recovery. Ryan was just let out of a mental hospital – why? He had tried to kill himself.
This isn’t an action-packed read, but it is a very deep, psychological study of our main character. Ryan grows up considerably throughout the length of the novel, coming to some stunning realizations and determinations to make his future better. Nicki, the girl he meets by the waterfall, brings another element into his life.
Ryan and Nicki are brought together by their loss. Ryan lost a lot in his life, which led to his suicide attempt. And Nicki lost her father – to suicide. They bond over a mutual understanding of pain and suffering. Their relationship is stunningly beautiful because it is so quiet. The bond that they have grows without either of them being really aware of it, which makes the book quite incredible.
Jennifer Hubbard’s Writing
The style and pacing is really good. For a Young Adult book, Jennifer isn’t afraid to delve into the pain and panic that someone might have after getting released from a hospital. She creates a great plot, and readers are able to get lost in Ryan’s world. Ryan’s emotions are written with such great pacing that your eyes pore over the words.
This is being rated as a five. This is a book that should be on your to-read shelf. The emotions and writing are beautiful, and it was a great change of pace from all the dystopian young adult that is on the market.
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