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Friday, July 29, 2011

Books of Wonder love for Don't Breathe a Word

I've been meaning to post this incredible note from a bookseller at Books of Wonder in NYC. She was the first person to read the novel and write to me, which absolutely blew me away. Here, I reprint her letter (with persmission):

Hi Holly!

I just finished reading DON'T BREATHE A WORD and I wanted to let you know just how much I adored it! WOW! Definitely my favorite realistic fiction novel that I've read thus far this year. I work at a children's bookstore and we received a box of fall galleys from HarperTeen a week or so ago. It was like Christmas. Your novel was one of the first I made time to read.

Can we talk about Creed...? I think he is definitely my new literary crush. There are so many beautiful sentences in your novel, but I really loved the following: "His voice came out deep and soft, like I imagined his kiss would be. He sang a song I didn't know, one about living like waves on top of water and feeling the turbulence underneath, being a new current against the depths that had been there for all time. There was a loneliness there, and uncertainty, and freedom. All the things I'd been feeling, captured in a breath." *sigh* Beautiful.

I greatly enjoyed Joy's story. Ha! Cheesy pun totally intended. I came to really care about Joy, Creed, May, and Santos. I literally could not put the book down until I knew that they were alright. Until I knew there was hope that things were going to get better for them... There is always hope.

I won't ramble on any longer, I just wanted to THANK YOU for writing such a moving novel. Today I went out and purchased TELL ME A SECRET and I can't wait to start reading it.

That pretty much made my month, and maybe even my summer! Thank you, Wonderful BOW girl!

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