“The author’s considerable narrative gifts will keep readers engaged throughout.”
— Kirkus Reviews

Words have power…

Joy Delamere is suffocating.

From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening.

From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out.Joy can take his words—tender words, cruel words—until the night they go too far.

Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe…if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late.

Barnes & Noble Top Teen Pick
PNBA Award Nominee

This novel recalls Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK.
— Booklist
[A] tense, riveting story.
— Publisher's Weekly

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