Student Review by Tyani J.: Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Hold StillTitle: Hold Still

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published: October 2009

Summary (from Goodreads): An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, froma breakthrough new voice in YA fiction dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.
Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself

Tyani’s Review: As many would say, a book about suicide is not one I would normally pick up. That being said, I am so glad I did. I think this book is mildly related to The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky, at least the realness of it. The writing of this book is so natural and not forced at all. It was devastating but at the same time you finish the book with newfound hope. It was a beautiful story that I would recommend to everyone. Read it, even if you don’t think you are the “suicidal-book-type” I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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