Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; Penguin 1 edition (October 20, 2009)
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Grade 10 Up—After losing her best friend, Ingrid, to suicide, Caitlin is completely immobilized. Unable to function, and refusing to visit a therapist, she begins the long journey to wellness alone. During this year of heart-wrenching, raw emotion, Caitlin finds Ingrid's journal, which not only reveals her descent into irreversible depression, but also serves as Caitlin's vehicle for renewed hope in the future. The book is written with honesty, revealing one's pain after the loss of a loved one. Caitlin learns, with the help of new friends and her parents, that there is life after Ingrid.—
"...A new song started, and as soon as the man started singing, with this voice that was urgent and calm all at once, I froze. I stood in the middle of the dancing strangers. It was the moment where I realized what music can do to people, how it can make you hurt and make you feel so good all at once. I just stood there with my eyes closed, feeling the movement of all the people around me, the vibration of the bass rise through the floor to my throat. While something inside me broke and cam back together." - favorite quote
I LOVED this book.
Really, that's all I have to say. I could end the review right here. However, it would be enough to explain how amazing this book was. When I finished it, I wanted to turn to the first page and reread it again.
Hold Still was so beautifully and poetically written.
The storyline was great, it kept me entertained the whole time.
I must warn you, this book is a tear jerker, but its definitely worth it.
I thought all the little things Caitlin did for comfort, since her best friend Ingrid committed suicide were all very random. haha, but I loved them. She did things like... listening to weird indie music while sleeping in the back of her old car, finding her true passion in photography, and, building her own tree house.
I though Caitlin was a trooper. I don't think I could have been strong enough to read Ingrid's journal.
All her thoughts, everything she regretted, hated, wanted, loved. Everything she hid from Caitlin, pretty much their entire friendship, she wrote in her journal. The the night before she killed herself, she slid that journal underneath Caitlin's bed.
Caitlin slowly read all of it.
Of course, she was sad. I would have been a basket case.
I wouldn't be able to come out of my room for month's.
The way Nina LaCour developed all the characters was incredible.
I loved all the characters, and even small characters were involved somehow.
I also liked how Caitlin actually had parents!
A lot of books I read, the parents are barely involved, and it's not realistic at all.
I honestly don't have any complaints about this book.
Which is odd.
Especially for me.
I usually have an opinion on everything.
But, nope. I can't think of anything that I didn't like in this novel.