Giveaway: Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Enter to win a signed paperback copy of Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard (Viking, 2013). From the promotional copy:

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 bound of friendship and forgiveness.

Author sponsored. Eligibility: age 13+, North America. 

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Cynsational Notes

“Defying both sensationalism and cliche ….. the story is also about moving forward.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“… compellingly portrays the quiet anguish of after.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

7 thoughts on “Giveaway: Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

  1. Thanks for offering the giveaway. I've heard good things of this book!
    My chances are minimal since I'm not on social media, but here's to hoping a comment will do 🙂

    Jill A.

  2. Sounds like a great book!
    I am a homeschooler, don't know if that counts, if not then delete one entry for me.
    Thank you, for the opportunity to win. Love your blog!!

  3. I love the cover of this book! My question fro Jennifer is, is the book written in verse? I ask this question because I have been reading some books like this and their pretty cool 🙂

  4. My question to Jennifer would be, probably the most typical question, what was your inspiration for this book?
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  5. Thanks, everyone!

    Gaby: This book is not a verse novel, though I did begin the first draft as a verse novel. But it turned into prose!

    Sarah: I wanted to write about recovery from a suicide attempt. There are books that end at the life-or-death decision. I wanted to explore what comes next: how do people put their lives back together? How do they stay away from the cliff's edge?

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