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 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: