In honor of Wednesday being all about psychology on my blog, I’m giving away a book. What? No, it’s not a stuffy-ole-psychology text book. It’s contemporary…YA…and soooo not boring or stuffy. You know how much a loathe books that get psychology wrong? Well, the ones that get it right…well, I want to shout my joy from the tree tops. And when shouting isn’t enough, I just have to shove the book in your hand. That’s what I’m doing. I had the honor of reading the book Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard before it became what you see below.
I was asked to use my psychological expertise on it. Make no mistake, this book was up to par before my white glove and eye of scrutiny fell upon it. It is a lovely story…No, that's an understatement. For some of you older folk on my flist, do you remember the movie, Ordinary People?
No!? Well, it is one of my favorite movies. The main character attempts suicide after his brother dies, and the movie shows how the family members deal with grief. It is a beautiful story that makes you cry and think and laugh. Try Not to Breathe reminded me of that movie. Don’t get me wrong, it is different. But the relationship dynamics, the story, the characters…it all lingers. In a good way.
So, here is the Good Reads blurb:
Learning to live is more than choosing not to die, as sixteen-year-old Ryan discovers, in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he’s trying to forget the darkness from which he escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl that may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to make contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst of himself. He and Nicki confide in one another the things they never thought they’d tell anyone—but their confessions are trickier than they seem, and the fallout tests the bounds of friendship and forgiveness.
And this is how you can be entered to win a copy:
- Live in the US
- Leave a comment that answers one (or both for two entries) of these questions:
- Would you go to a psychic? If yes, what would you ask?
- If you think someone is thinking of suicide, what can you do or say to get them to reconsider.
- If you are not LJ, please leave contact email
- Tweet or Facebook about the contest, tell me you did, and get another entry for each pass along.
- Do all of this by 11:59 PM CST, January 31, 2012.