Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard

So I have been reading lots of books lately (well actually, I didn't read much, but for the sake of being a show-off, I'll stick to saying that I have read lots of books :D). Okay, enough with the nonsense about me, so lets go straight to the book. :)

Learning to live is more than just choosing not to die, as sixteen-year-old Ryan discovers in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he’s trying to forget the darkness from which he has escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl who may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to seek contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst in himself. He and Nicki confide in one another the things they never thought they’d tell anyone—but their confessions are trickier than they seem, and the fallout tests the bounds of friendship and forgiveness.

My review:
First and foremost, don't judge a book by its cover.
The book may look like a cover for a romance book, but I'll have to assure you that it's not a book with a romance theme. (well maybe there's a hint of romance of romance in it. but it's not the major premise)
So what is it all about? Suicide.
Suicide is such an interesting topic to dive into, and I have decided that the best way to understand it is by reading a YA book. So, that's why I chose to read this book.
Reading this book gave me some answers to why certain suicidal teens commit suicides. Some of them are guess-able while some are pretty hard to digest.
The book also gave us glimpses of how lives are at a mental institute and what happened after the failed attempts of certain patients.
And I found the friendship between Ryan and Nicki served as an interesting medium for Ryan in getting to the right path because they are both fucked up but they found a way of mending their heart through conversations.
So as an overall, this book had an interesting promise, but still, it could have been written better with more interesting events.

My rating:

3 Stars

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