Book 5: Don’t Breathe A Word, Holly Cupala

My book reading challenge is going quite well, andI am glad that I am somehow up to date. My book choices are also superb so far, and that’s most probably the reason why I am too excited to invade my bookshelf.

Don’t Breathe a Word is another intriguing novel. It’s protagonist, Joy, is a disturbed, sickly teenager who runaway from her family. Her boyfriend, Asher is said to have contibuted in Joy’s disturbing past, as a victim of domestic violence. I liked the plot of the story. I have read a lot of books about bullying where the bullied and the disturbed sincerely believed that suicide is the best solution there is. I am not saying that running away is a good solution, but absolutely not worse than putting an end to the life of one’s self.


I was expecting a lot of situations of Joy’s involvement in domestic violence. Not that I am fan, or I wanted stories with a lot of gory details in it, but I wanted enough reason for Joy to ran away from her family. Sure, what Asher did to her was way too cruel, but it wasn’t unexpected. Her disappoinment and pain towards Asher were totally vivid, but for me, what Asher did to her wasn’t really that enough to throw herself away on the streets. Sure, Joy described how humiliated she felt with Asher’s abusive words, but I was looking for the reason why she felt humiliated in the first place.

And as in all stories with a romantic element, a knight in shining armor always come while the damsel is in distress. I imagine Creed as a hot, young man who is always there to save the day. If that is the kind of boy I would meet on the streets, I’m gonna love it tobe a streetkid myself. Well, what I am trying to say about him saving the day is that, he was able to keep Joy from falling apart. His presence became her comfort, along with her friendship with May and Santos. In the end, it was their welfare, and Santos’ tragedy that saved Joy from a life without direction.

Don’t Breathe a Word is one, nice read, full of lessons about being open with family. It also made me realize that the amount of value I have to other people depends on the amount of value I have for myself. Self-respect is very important. I recommend this read to all teenagers who feel lost and losibg their sense of value.


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