Review: Hold Still by Nina LaCour

I hate it when I don’t get to a review immediately.  The taste that the book leaves in your mouth begins to fade a bit and you find yourself scrambling for words to accurately describe the book and the emotions it evoked in you. So I apologize if this review really isn’t up to par, but I promise to do my best.

Hold Still

Hold Still is about a girl coping with the suicide of her best friend.  The story begins after the funeral.  Not sure how long after, but not long.  This author described the pain of loss so well it was spooky.  I’ve lost friends too and I remember those emotions like it was yesterday.  She went through all the stages of loss.  The anger, the guilt, the resentment, all of it.  And then she began to heal and she made new friends and she realized that she still had a life and it was time to move on.  It doesn’t actually say that, but that’s basically how it happened.  I really liked that the author continued the story even when she could have stopped it when Caitlyn made friends, got a boyfriend, etc.  Her healing really wasn’t complete until the last scene which played out beautifully, in my opinion (it might’ve been the next to last scene).  I loved how music was so important to Caitlyn as I remember as a teenager suffering and listening to one mixed tape.  I also loved how important photography was to Caitlyn and how pertinent it was in the story. 
Here’s the synopsis from shelfari: 


An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a 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.
So I guess my final thoughts on this that I have to share is that this isn’t all sad.  It’s not a happy read by any means, but it can be uplifting.  Moving on, growing as a person, discovering yourself and others and the beauty in the world.  I really just found this to be a wonderful story and I have to give it a full 5 moons.  It really is fantastic!  Oh, and I can’t forget to mention because I was thinking it the whole way through, is no absent parents in this YA novel!  Very there parents that you can’t help but love!

Check out Nina LaCour’s website!  It’s very cute!
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  1. I totally know what you mean about having to write a review as soon as you’ve finished a book … If I don’t, I feel guilty about it until I do, because I know that I’ll forget the impact it had on me, whether good or bad, and why I love or hate it so much.

  2. Great review.I know how you feel when you cant write a review right away..I always miss something i had in mind before while i read it then forgot when i want to write..=(

  3. Great review! I always try to review by the next day or else I lose it too lol. Did you watch the book trailer for this? It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen!

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