Best for ages 12+
Eugenia Grimm is a tough girl living in a tough town at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She drinks and fights and pushes against expectations. She is also hurting: after her father died by suicide, her older brothers drifted away and her mother up and left.
After a last-straw violent incident and faced with the possibility of incarceration, she is sentenced to time at an Intensive Support and Supervision Program located at a remote mountain ranch. There, she begins to make connections, explore difficult truths, and might even turn things around—until a series of events pull her into a dark spiral she may not have the strength to resist.
Shortlisted for the 2021 McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award!
A McNally Robinson bestseller!
Praise for You Don’t Have to Die in the End
“the characters – therapists and troubled youth alike – have an inviting combination of snarkiness and depth” — Quill & Quire
“…many serious themes are woven into the story, but there is also the wonderful appreciation of what can be achieved if only people are given the time, encouragement and incentive to work out their problems and improve their lives.” — Highly Recommended by CM Magazine
“Daher paints a vivid and convincing picture here of a young person with a complicated and tragic history attempting to straighten out her life.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“Whether reading for pleasure, escape or insight, like me, you’ll be pleased with this purchase.” – The Miramichi Reader
“A provocative and compelling story that will leave you both emotionally raw, and satisfied.” — Eric Walters, author of Walking Home, The Rule of Three
“…an important read that awards girls the right and space to feel and process anger.” – Ali Bryan, 49th Shelf
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Praise for Forgetting How to Breathe
“Forgetting How to Breathe is a strong, engaging story of a young girl and her quest for stability in life. Tia’s journey is real and challenging. She is aware and sensitive to the path she is on, but has no way of foreseeing the series of events that will help her find focus and balance. As I read the story I thought about my own teen years and a part of me somehow felt that I could identify with Tia” – Fred Penner
“real and true to life … As the story moves along, [Anita Daher] does a good job of slowly revealing more and more background information about Tia and Tag’s relationship with their mother and their life situation with her. Tia’s relationship, hot and cold, with her foster mom also rings true to life as Tia wrestles with all of her emotions.” — Recommended by CM Magazine
“Forgetting How To Breathe is an engaging story about a young woman coming to terms with the sometimes harsh realities of life, discovering who she is and what values she lives for, while learning to accept the love of the people and animals that surround her. In doing so, she discovers home.” – Lögberg-Heimskringla
Finalist – IODE Violet Downey Book Award 2019