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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Try Not to breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

This book could just save someone’s life. An engaging, beautiful book.

Learning to live is more than just 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 has escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl who may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to seek contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst in 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

This book deals with the delicate topic of teenage suicide and depression.  “Jennifer Hubbard does a wonderful job depicting what it is like to be a teen who is struggling. Ryan’s story was beautiful to read. I loved seeing how he got stronger and stronger throughout the book. It was also nice to be reminded what it was like to be a teenager and how minor issues, or at least what most adults would consider minor, seem insurmountable” Review by Lisa Good Reads

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July 19, 2013 Posted by | Relationships | , | Leave a comment

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

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The main character in this novel is Francesca Spinelli, an Italian girl who is in year eleven at St. Sebastians and the number of girls who attend this school are very few.

Francesca lives with her parents, Mia and Robert and her younger brother, Luca.  This family changes dramatically when Mia struggles with clinical depression.

During Mia’s depression, Francesca takes on the role of keeping the family together and at the same time, finds out who her friends are. Mia’s illness affects the family in so many ways but the biggest change occurs when the family dynamics change for the better.

This book appeals to teenagers as well as adults.

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment