Don't Breathe a Word (Paperback)

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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.

Praise For…

“Don’t Breathe a Word is a gorgeously written, intense page-turner . . . This is a beautiful book.”

“I dare you to set it down during its last hundred pages. I dare you.”

“A powerful story of self-discovery, and a brilliant debut novel.”


“Holly Cupala’s debut novel will be immensely popular among teens. Teen fans will be captivated by the theme of owning your own path, the persistence of life and closure.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061766695
ISBN-10: 0061766690
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012
Pages: 320
Language: English