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Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala
Published by HarperTeen
Pages: 299
Ages: Young Adult
Release Date: 3rd January 2012
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summmary:

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.

When the world you love leaves you broken and battered sometimes your only hope is to flee, even if that means risking your life. For Joy Delamere this is a harsh reality. Left under the care of someone both herself and her parents thought they could trust she’s left only a sliver of the person she remembers. His abuse drives her over the edge and into a world where she may never come back. With raging asthma and very few resources, including medical, Joy becomes Triste on the streets of Seattle in hopes that she will escape the fears that follow her every footstep and nearly leave her without air.

Again, I’m left breathless. My first experience reading Holly Cupala’s writing was with her debut novel Tell Me A Secret and in that case I was completely blown away. Holly Cupala has a proven talent for knowing how teens think and feel. Much the same way that authors like Courtney Summers and Beth Kephart get inside the minds and bodies of their characters, Holly reaches in to share their deepest fears and vulnerabilities making them characters you quickly hope for. This time it’s Joy/Triste and her broken heart, body and mind. And again, in many ways my own heart is broken on her behalf.

In some ways there are parallels between Holly’s two novels, the biggest being the characterization of the two girls each story is centered around. In both Don’t Breathe A Word and Tell Me A Secret you have two girls who both have a need for acceptance or validation of some sort. In Tell Me A Secret it comes from a place of betrayal by her best friend, boyfriend and ultimately her sister; with Don’t Breathe A Word it’s from her boyfriend Asher. Both girls, Rand and Joy, have parents that are flawed and in a lot of ways have left them both to fend for themselves. What results are girls who are insecure and in need of love. I’m obviously over-simplifying things here, because there are a number of variables that contribute to both girls situations but at the heart is the fact that they both need to be loved.

As for the plot and story of Don’t Breathe A Word, let me simply state that it’s brilliant. It’s subtle messages and the pain you feel through it’s pages are something you don’t find often in young adult literature. For me, someone who has lived through much of the same types of abuse Joy suffers through, it was heart breaking but overwhelmingly comforting. What I would have given to have had the opportunity to read something like Joy’s story during that time in my life. Her abuse at the hands of Asher is unfortunately something I know happens all too often for a number of reasons, but I’m grateful for stories like Don’t Breathe A Word that bring attention to and potentially help those who suffer in these situations. The comfort Joy/Triste finds through her new friends on the streets, including Creed, was something I could completely relate to. Yet again proving Cupala’s ability to understand and know teens as they are.

Holly Cupala has again proven that she knows not only her audience, but knows how to reach them. Don’t Breathe A Word is Holly’s second novel and yet again she leaves her readers breathless and gasping for more. Joy/Triste is a character that reaches out from the pages begging for help and sheds light on not only abusive relationships but the harsh reality of homeless teens. Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala is easily one of my favorite books ever and I’d quickly recommend it to readers who love a story filled with brilliant writing, real characters and a story the grips you from page one until the very last.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 16 and up. A favorite. Realistic contemporary young adult fiction at it’s finest. A story about love, abuse and the ways in which they connect and divide.

Find Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads


As part of the Don’t Breathe A Word tour readers have an opportunity to win a copy of this brilliant new novel by Holly Cupala once a day during the tour! It’s even open internationally! Take a look at the details:

  • There will be one book given per day, drawn weekly. Everything entered by Saturday night of that week will be put into a drawing on Sunday.
  • The points DO accumulate, meaning entries put in for week one will count for the drawings in weeks 2 and 3.
  • There will be up to ONE international winner a week. If the winner is international, a copy will be shipped from The Book Depository.
  • Only US/Canada copies will be mailed from Holly and those copies will be signed.
  • The final drawing will held Sunday, January 15, and will include all entries through midnight CST Sat, Jan 14.
  • No purchase necessary.

That’s it! So many copies of Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala are up for grabs that I’m positive you won’t want to miss this one! You can gain additional entries as well, but you will have to complete the form for each entry you submit. Here is a rundown of all of the possible ways to accumulate additional entries:

  • One automatic entry for the first initial filling out the form.
  • For every post you comment on during the tour you gain one entry. You must fill out the form and link to the blog post for each comment.
  • Tweet, facebook, do a blog post or somehow include the tour on your blog. Only one entry per option, no additional entries for tweeting/posting daily.

This giveaway is put together thanks to The {Teen} Book Scene Tour and Holly Cupala. Thank you! To enter click on the following link and complete the form for each entry you wish to submit. Good luck!

Entry Form for the Don’t Breathe A Word Tour Giveaway

Thank you so much to the author, Holly Cupala, for providing a copy of this book for review and sponsoring the giveaway! Connect with her on Twitter and on Facebook!
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22 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala

  1. This looks great! I’m definitely interested in reading this one!

  2. Great review. Some of my favorite books are realistic fiction, so i’m glad this one was well done.


  3. Gena Robertson says:

    Thank you for such a great giveaway opportunity! I would LOVE to read this book! The review definitely made an impact =)

  4. Deb Novack says:

    I really liked the review thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  5. Rebecca says:

    This looks like a very deep book. I’d really like to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Kara DiDomizio says:

    This does look like an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity 😀

  7. deanna boocock says:

    Would love to win as it looks like a great read!

  8. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    Sounds like an awesome read. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  9. Vivien says:

    Loved the review! I’ve got this on my wishlist for sure!

  10. Patsy Hagen says:

    Fascinating interview! I must read this book.

  11. Allison says:

    Great review! I’m so interested to read this one– I had the pleasure of meeting Holly at KidLitCon, and she’s fantastic.

  12. Holly says:

    Thank you so much, Danielle! <3

  13. Aik says:

    I’d really appreciate a chance to read this book!

  14. Danielle Hill says:

    This book looks great, and what a wonderful review. Thanks for posting!

  15. Danielle Hill says:

    This book looks great, and what a wonderful review. Thanks for posting!

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  17. bn100 says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m looking forward to reading the book.

  18. […] have a favorite author of mine stop by to share a little bit more about an amazing novel of hers. Don’t Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala is hands down one of my favorite YA reads ever! After reading Tell Me A Secret, Holly’s debut […]

  19. Katie says:

    Wow. This sounds like a truly exceptional read. And your review was so good! Warm, heartfelt, and impassioned. To compare her with Beth Kephart, I can tell you mean business 🙂

  20. Jasmine Rose says:

    Great review :] I think I’ll head over to my library right now and put it on hold.

  21. IdentitySeeker says:

    A very heartfelt review! I imagine there are many teenage girl out there who are in need of a book like this so that they no longer feel alone and powerless in their situations.


  22. Iris Millett says:

    Looks like a great YA book – Iris

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