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 the Author
Holly Cupala is the author of Tell Me a Secret. When she isn’t writing or making art, she explores Seattle with her husband and daughter. A portion of her proceeds goes toward helping sexually exploited girls around the world.
“Don’t Breathe a Word is a gorgeously written, intense page-turner . . . This is a beautiful book.”
— Courtney Summers, author of Some Girls Are and Cracked Up to Be
“I dare you to set it down during its last hundred pages. I dare you.”
— Deb Caletti, National Book Award nominee for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, for Tell Me a Secret
“A powerful story of self-discovery, and a brilliant debut novel.”
— —Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Crank trilogy
— Publishers Weekly, for Tell Me a Secret
“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.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), for Tell Me a Secret