Sunday, November 27, 2011

Review of Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Title: Hold Still
Author: Nina LaCour
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 15th, 2009
Publisher: Dutton
Source: RAK
Pages In This Edition: 230
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Beyond the Cover:

Summary (from Goodreads):

"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."

Review:

For me this is a hard book to put words to my feelings. They way this story is told is prefect in so many ways, it's hard to describe. Just the way she talks about Ingrid is heartbreakingly realistic.

It's hard to ignore this book. You put it down but you can't get the story out of your head. Even when you are doing other "more important things", all you want to do is sit down and finish this book, so you can know how the story ends. And the way the story ends will not disappoint you.

And that's probably what I liked most about this novel. The ending. It's just so satisfying in a way that books that usually deal with this kind of subject matter fail at. That's why I read this kind of book; I'm just looking for great ending like the one in Hold Still.

In addition to the great ending, LaCour manages to give a great plot in conjunction with amazing characters. (Even the supporting characters manage to develop and change throughout the book.)

So if you love a good heartfelt read, I would recommend you give this one a try!

--Alexis

2 comments:

Look at Ford Injector said...

Hold Still is a great book . I absolutely loved it. If you enjoyed Looking for Alaska by John Green or Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, you will definitely enjoy this book. I would recommend it to older teens and up as it does deal with tough subjects, but they are written so beautifully (props to Nina LaCour). This book is so beautiful, but it should not be taken lightly. It will take you on an emotional ride as you journey with Caitlin through her mourning process.

Mariz Denver said...

"Hold still" is a very emotional book about loss, suicide and depression. To read how Caitlin went on with her life after her best friend died was arresting and to read how strong she became was wonderful. Make sure to have some tissues with you when you read the book.

Mariz
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