Try Not To Breathe

Try Not To Breathe
by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Publisher: Viking/Penguin, 2012
ISBNs: 9780670013906 (hardcover); 9780142423875 (paperback)
For ages: 14+


In the summer after his suicide attempt, 16-year-old Ryan struggles with guilty secrets and befriends a girl who’s visiting psychics to try to reach her dead father. This novel addresses the topics of suicide, mental illness, friendship, and family, with an emphasis on healing and renewal of hope.


“Defying both sensationalism and cliche ….. the story is also about moving forward.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“… compellingly portrays the quiet anguish of after.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“It is well paced and includes a bit of a twist near the end. … Suggest it to those who loved Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.”
School Library Journal

About the Author

Jennifer R. Hubbard lives and writes near Philadelphia, PA. She is a night person who believes that mornings were meant to be slept through, a chocolate lover, and a hiker. She has written short fiction as well as the contemporary young adult novels The Secret Year and Until It Hurts to Stop.
Author’s website

School Visit Information

The author has done school and student book-club visits, and is available for in-person and Skype visits, or online discussions with classes.