Daily Archives: September 30, 2011

Don’t Breathe A Word – Holly Cupala

Don’t Breathe A Word
By Holly Cupala
Available January 2012

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 dangerous Ashlyn, who is smothering her from the inside out.

Joy can take her 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 breatheโ€ฆif only she can get to Creed before itโ€™s too late.

This Blonde’s Review:
We often hear about physical abuse & can find examples of many of it’s forms in books. I’m sure you can think of a few you’ve read. We also read about emotional abuse and how the victims allow their abusers to isolate them or become physical. Joy’s story gives us a look at another type of unhealthy relationship.

Joy is severely asthmatic and had been hospitalized for it at an early age. It has impacted her life to a high degree and the lives I of her family too. She feels suffocated by their attention. Her boyfriend had been given the role of her caretaker, but things aren’t quite right in their relationship.

When she lets her boyfriend push her past the point she can handle, Joy realizes she needs out. She doesn’t feel she can turn to her family so she runs away. She turns to a boy she met once and had offered to help her. She finds herself living on the streets and trying to avoid being victimized there.

Creed never expected Joy to go to him, to run away from home. But once she’s there he takes her under his wing to join the group of runaways he lives with. Each member of the group has demons of their own to fight, and a past they’re running from. As Joy becomes accepted into the group there are lessons she learns that she never could have learned at home. While she battles her asthma and tries to stay alive, she can also find out who she is and how strong she can be.

I really enjoyed this book. It gave us a look at a life we know exists for runaway teens, but most people don’t acknowledge. I love that Joy’s abuse isn’t what you might expect at the beginning of the story. You think you know what an abusive relationship looks like, but it’s not always the same. I think the ending was great too, but I won’t spoil that for you.

If you would enjoy a YA book with emotionally damaged teens you will start to care for then you should pick this up. I really enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too.