Try Not To Breathe

March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

“I should have tried to hug her or at least touch her shoulder, but I couldn’t. It was like watching someone drowning and worrying that if you stuck your arm out to help them, they’d drag you under, too.”

Freshly released from the mental hospital he’s been living in since his suicide attempt, Ryan has few places or thoughts he can call his own. The one spot he can get away from his mother’s constant vigilance is the local waterfall, where he meets Nicki.  She’s one of the only people who isn’t afraid to talk to Ryan or mention his past, but she has her own reasons for seeking out the waterfall and befriending Ryan. It’s hard to get past your secrets when you can’t even admit what they are, but maybe together, Nicki and Ryan can help each other finally face the past.

My Review: I was sucked in by slow reveal of Ryan’s reasons for attempting suicide.  I recommend it if you liked 13 Reasons Why, because of the similar ways they deal with the fact that suicide attempts don’t always come from a major traumatic event, but can be the result of an accumulation of small things that make someone feel like they just can’t handle life anymore.

I liked how Nicki helped Ryan finally get through all his reasons for doing what he did, and how he was trying to figure out how to go on with life post-institution. I also liked how Ryan was forced to deal with the grief of the people he would have been leaving behind.  This was a great read if you want stories about people dealing with pain in their lives and how everyone deals in different ways.  Try Not To Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard is now available at the library.

Katie

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