Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala

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Joy delamere is suffocating.

From asthma, from her parents, and from her boyfriend, Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. She can take his cruel words, his tender words . . . until the night they go too far.

To escape, Joy sacrifices her suburban life to find the one who offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. He introduces her to a world of fierce loyalty, to its rules of survival, and to love—a world she won’t easily let go.

Set against the backdrop of the streets of Seattle, Holly Cupala’s power­ful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the secrets we keep, and the ways to redemption. But above all, it is an unflinching story about the extraordinary lengths one girl will go to discover her own strength.


About Holly Cupala

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When Holly Cupala isn't writing, making art, or contributing to, she spends time with her family in Seattle, WA. A portion of her author earnings go to World Vision's Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls. Tell Me a Secret was her debut novel. You can visit her online at
Published January 3, 2012 by HarperTeen. 325 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unlike creepy, psychotic Asher, Creed is gently protective of Joy, although there’s a whiff of old-fashioned paternalism in their relationship.

Oct 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Don't Breathe a Word

City Book Review

Joy puts on a new persona, roaming the streets of Seattle with only a plan to find a boy she’s seen while visiting Seattle, who told her if she ever needed help, she could find him.

Mar 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Don't Breathe a Word

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I guess I just have to tell you that you NEED to read this second book...but do read book one first!

Mar 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Don't Breathe a Word

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