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Hubbard, Jennifer R.
New York : Viking, 2012
ISBN 0670013900
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death in people between the ages of 15 and 24.  That’s a very sobering statistic.  There are many reasons someone might consider suicide, and this novel looks at one boy’s story.  Why would a sensitive, likeable kid who loves baseball try to take his own life?  Sixteen-year-old Ryan is fresh off a stint in a psychiatric hospital.  His family has recently moved, and he spends his time alone in the woods, often lying or standing under a dangerous waterfall where the cold shock and force of the water make him feel more alive.  Enter Nicki, a free-spirited girl who charges into Ryan’s world and asks questions about his depression that no one else has been brave enough…or has cared enough… to ask.  Nicki has secrets of her own, too. She wants to understand Ryan to help herself to deal with her father’s suicide.  This novel is not all dark; there’s some humor too, as Ryan learns that not wanting to die isn’t quite the same thing as wanting to live.  Try Not to Breathe is a story about love, betrayal, guilt and friendship --  with just enough steamy parts to keep it interesting. (Patty McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program Booktalks 2012-2013)
SUBJECTS:     Teenagers -- Fiction.
                        Suicide -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Psychological fiction.

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