by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Release Date: January 19, 2012
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.
Wow. Where do I start? I sat down with this book and flew right through it. It's rare for me to find a book with such an emotional journey. Through Nicki's search for answers, we slowly learn where Ryan is coming from and what he needs to do to keep on living. It's not hard to care about Ryan and Nicki. You want them to find the answers they seek, but in the real world you don't always have answers and when you do, they aren't always the answers you want.
Try Not to Breathe is just what I've come to expect from Jennifer R. Hubbard. It's emotional, and deals with hard-hitting life issues. I strongly recommend checking this one out as well as her previous title The Secret Year.