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Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R.  Hubbard
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Feb 21, 12

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Read from February 20 to 21, 2012

This book was almost refreshing in a darker, slightly morbid way. Not that the book itself is morbid, but I'm sure people will say I am morbid for calling a book about a boy that tried to commit suicide "refreshing", but it was.

This review might be hard to follow but just hang in there with me...

Ryan is just a boy. A boy that didn't see any reason to carry on in his glass shield, invisible existence so he tries to commit suicide. Only the thing they don't tell you about people that try to kill themselves is that sometimes, sometimes...you just can't pull the trigger. Or in Ryan's case he just couldn't turn the key in the ignition, and then his dad came home and saw the sheet stuffed under the garage door and quickly realized his son wasn't trying to steal the car, but rather take his own life, and that's how Ryan ended up at Patterson Mental Institution.

So what happens to the person once they are let out of the hospital and come back home? When they have to deal with all the whispers and people walking on egg shells...what happens then?

Ryan's voice in this story is real and raw and that makes it refreshing. It's nice to read a story that you can relate to. That you can believe without a doubt is real. Everyone wants answers from Ryan. They all want to know why. Even the girl that he has never talked to before is asking him that. But the truth is that for Ryan there is a bunch of little things that all lead him to where he ended up, but there isn't really an actually "why", and that's what I loved most about this book. It makes you understand that there are some things in life that just can't be explained. That A+B does not always equal C. It's complicated and twisted and it just...is.

I think if you have ever known someone that has tried or thought about suicide, and you wanted to understand it, then this book is for you. If you were the one that tried it or thought about it than this book is also for you. It teaches us that in the end, even when it doesn't make sense, things do eventually get better. All you have to do is breathe...
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