Try Not to Breathe
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Try Not to Breathe

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,752 ratings  ·  248 reviews
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 feeli...more
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Published January 19th 2012 by Viking
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I'm hardly an expert on suicide but I've always thought it was preceded by a momentous event, which after thinking more about it doesn't make any sense at all. If it was, less people would be successful in their attempts because others around them would be watching or worrying that this might happen. More often than not it seems that if a person commits suicide, others around are puzzled and wonder how it all came to this. They tell themselves, if they just would've seen the signs they could've...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Dying is easy. Living is hard. - If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

Three years ago my Dad tried to hang himself.

My Mom got there on time.

I still haven't been able to look him in the face when I see him.

Too scared to see the mark around his neck.

I can't figure out why he tried to do it.

I know they were in a bad place. I know they were having a hard time.

But who really knew what's going on in his head at the time?

What makes a person brave enough to try and kill themselves?

...And yet too cowardice to face...more
Shae Carcar
Jul 12, 2012 Shae Carcar marked it as to-read
I like the cover but i wish it wasn't so... kissy kissy. Gosh! Sometimes, I don't want my parents to know what i'm reading and this just screams it lol
Melannie :)
Jul 19, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read
NOOOOOOOOOOO! 2012?!?!?!?!


Sounds dark and sexy and the cover is one of my favorites ever!
how did they manage to pull it off?! it's just so perfect!





is it 2012, already? D:
I struggled with Try Not to Breathe for over a week. I had about 70 pages left, and I was seriously considering abandoning it, but my resolve is stronger than my instinct and that’s where I went wrong. This book depressed me, took me no where I wanted to go, and left me wondering where the hale I went. It’s no secret I like to push the boundaries of my reading choices every now and again, and a book about suicide definitely falls into that category.

I’m not calling foul to the fact that I never r...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
4.5 Stars

Recently released from a mental institution for trying to kill himself, 16 year old Ryan is still stuck trying to figure out his life. He has an overprotective mother who worries about him constantly, his best friend lives far away and he's still working out his feelings for her, and past mistakes still haunt his mind.
Then Nicki barges into his life, asking questions that he thought no one had the guts to ask. Nicki makes Ryan discover things about himself he never even knew, while rev...more
Why didn't i like it ?
It had such a dark , smexy and Thrilling appeal to it ! but it all went down and kept on going down :(

Initial synopsis
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...more
Jul 18, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own-it
I really enjoyed this story. Even though it's about a very serious and depressing subject, the story had a very strong positive feeling to it.

"Learning to live is more than just choosing not to die" Ryan discovers this in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he's trying his best to move on into his life again. His struggle with everything is very well depicted and relatable for anyone who's ever been there. Sixteen is a rough ag...more
Karen (BookishWonders)
Try Not to Breathe is full of honest and raw emotion. Suicide is such a dark and gloomy subject that a lot of people don’t want to acknowledge. But it’s there. I say kudos to Jennifer R. Hubbard for touching such a serious subject with the utmost attentiveness.

Ryan’s voice was so realistic; I almost believed that he was a real person. I enjoyed reading his story of his suicide attempt. He’s lonely and misunderstood. The rumours about him were terrible; I felt so sorry for him.

Nicki was a wonder...more
I can honestly say that I am unsure as to how to rate this book. It is about a subject matter that I know absolutely nothing about and cannot really identify with. Even in my awkward teen years, I never felt the despair and hopelessness that we see Ryan, the main protagonist, go through.

The the above being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think Jennifer Hubbard does a wonderful job depicting what it is like to be a teen who is struggling. Ryan's story was beautiful to read. I loved se...more
solo puedo decir que... me daban ganas de golpear a alguien, en temas de este tipo para que uno sienta las emociones de cada uno de los personajes debio profundizar mas, hacia una tormenta en un vaso de agua pero demosle algo de credito por lo que pasaba...
May 09, 2014 Tiffany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people looking for thought-provoking, insightful, simple, somewhat-depressing books
And, you know, suicide. How do you explain it when it is so unexplainable? It's a tricky business, but Jennifer Hubbard is pretty good at it.

There was never a magic moment when I knew why dying had called to me, just like there was never a magic moment when I decided I wanted to live instead.

This is one of those novels that touches on the stuff that goes unsaid during rickety occurrences. People hear about suicide, and they think that it happens because those people had a bad environment. Jenni...more
Jessi (Reading in the Corner)
It was dangerous to stand under the waterfall, but some kids did it anyway, and I was one of them. The water pounded my mind blankc, stung my skin. It hit my naked back, chest, and shoulders so hard I couldn't think. That water could knock me over, pound me into hypothermia, force the breath out of me, pin me to the rock, and I knew it.

-p1, ARC

This paragraph had me literally from page one. The opening paragraph (above) pulled me right in to the story and held tight throughout. I felt a strong...more
Shelley Daugherty
Understanding why people try to commit suicide is a difficult thing to cover, and make it not sound like a text book, or preaching. But this book is a great example of what life is like, after. Life isn't easy but that is part of the experience, and sometimes we have to dust ourselves off and try again. The book also shows how important it is when the right person comes along who really "gets you". Overall a very good depiction of real life during this kind of trauma.

Ryan is recently released fr...more
Try Not to Breathe was a really great read. I was very interested in this one when I heard about it, since I had liked her debut, The Secret Year. Try Not to Breathe was a really touching read that was just a really great book and I am happy to have read it.

I really loved the characters. Val, Jake, Nikki, they were all just great. The relationships between all the characters were so complex, and I loved seeing how everything would pan out between them. I really liked Nikki - she was no nonsense...more
Mar 16, 2012 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People struggling with depression; people who want to understand a loved one who is depressed
Recommended to Jackie by: Horn Book
With her two main characters -- Ryan, a teen who tried to commit suicide, and Nikki, a teen whose father killed himself -- Hubbard gives voice to the two main audiences for this book: people who have suffered from depression, and those who haven't, but want/need to understand. Ryan's narrative struck me as dead-on about what depression feels like: how pathetic you feel for feeling so bad when nothing really that bad has ever happened to you; how your emotions seemed walled off; how when you do f...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: When I started this novel, I wasn't sure what I was in for? I don't normally like reading books based on a males perspective, as I've said time and time before. I have a problem connecting for some reason.

Try Not To Breathe was a sensible beautiful novel. I really felt like I understood exactly what Ryan was going through. He made it all so clear. He made me feel what he felt.

He tried to kill himself by locking himself in a garage and turning the car on. He had to go to a mental hos...more
Ryan spends his time by the waterfall, where he meets Nicki. Nicki wants to get to know him better and understand why he chose to attempt suicide -- she's known about this because suicide has impacted her life, and she hopes through him, she can better understand the choice her own father made. Of course, there are never any answers. Along the way, we learn about what made Ryan act as he did, and we better understand the lies Nicki constructed to protect herself from the loss of her father.

Kit Grindstaff
Try Not to Breathe is the story of 16-year-old Ryan, newly off a suicide attempt, and his friendship with Nicki, whose own recent tragedy gives credence, and substance, to their relationship. Ryan, the son of wealthy parents, struggles with their understandable over-protectiveness, and his long-standing Outsider isolation. Nicki, from a poorer background, is a vibrant contrast to his family’s stultifying way of life. Each provides the other’s path to resolution.

As Ryan tells his story, the auth...more
Jennifer R. Hubbard is a fantastic voice in the contemporary YA genre. She brings a unique male's perspective to YA (which I adore) & gritty teens that you will root for & care about. After reading THE SECRET YEAR in 2010 I had high hopes for TRY NOT TO BREATHE & it did not disappoint. This is not only a beautifully written, real deal story about a young teen boy recovering from an attempted suicide but it is also an IMPORTANT book for today's youth. Everyone read both of her books....more
Potential Spoiler Alert

“Sometimes I was tempted to foam at the mouth and babble to invisible people, because other kids seemed so disappointed that I didn’t. But I couldn’t be sure they would realize that it was a joke. The few times I’d tried to make anyone laugh, all I got were nervous glances and squirming” (2). Jennifer Hubbard introduces us to the confused voice of a teenage boy struggling with his reintroduction back into “normal” society. 16 year-old Ryan has just been released from a men...more
First of all, Try Not to Breath by Jennifer Hubbard was a interesting book about a teen boys life. Ryan has just moved into town and has a hard time making friends. He loves sports but decided not to play because the people who surround him know about him trying to commit suicide. Ryan meets Nicki who have the same intrest and love to hang around the waterfall near home. Nicki and Ryan become close friends, but Nicki wants to know the reason why Ryan tried to kill himself. Her father had just re...more
While Jennifer Hubbard tackles some serious issues in the novel, she does it in a realistic way. There is a feeling of heaviness in the book, but it is neither too dark or too light for the subject matter. I thought it was unique that the author took a different angle and that instead of giving us Ryan's point of view before he attempted suicide, instead we got to see how he and his family coped with the aftermath and healing.

The characters themselves were interesting. They were all battling th...more
I like when I read a book in a day because I can't put it down, and even though this wasn't a book that has those big moments of tension I couldn't stop reading. I liked the theme of the story and how it was developed. I really enjoyed reading this.
Auch ein Jahr nach seinem Selbstmordversuch hat Ryan noch immer mit der Glaswand, die ihn schon sein ganzes Leben lang zu verfolgen scheint, zu kämpfen. Die Zwangsneurose seiner Mutter, die ständige Abwesenheit seines Vaters und das Glashaus in dem sie wohnen, verbessern seine Situation auch nicht. Nur Nicky, die er eines Tages am Wasserfall, seinem einzigen Rückzugsort, trifft, kann Ryans Glaswand überwinden. Mithilfe von Ryan will sie herauszufinden, warum ihr Vater sich umgebracht hat.

Ivanny Fuller
Vi esta foto y me acordé del libro (algo muy raro), tenía que ponerla.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Sort of a difficult read given the subject matter, but I thought it was well worth it. Emotionally jarring, but also life-affirming. Captures the desolation of adolescence well.
Mary Ann
Muy buena historia pero nada más :s
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