Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Caitlin is beginning her junior year in high school - but she's definitely suffering from much more than beginning-of-the-year jitters. Everything is different for Caitlin this year - her best friend Ingrid is no longer there - she committed suicide and now Caitlin is left reeling from the aftershock and trying to come to terms with the loss of her closest friend.

Not only is Caitlin suffering emotionally, but everyone around her is also affected by her unexpected death. Ms. Delani, the photography teacher, seems to be giving Caitlin the cold shoulder and being overly critical of her work. The kids at school are walking on eggshells around her. Even her parents are concerned over the way she's acting (she's been spending long periods of time in her car parked out front of her house).

Then she finds Ingrid's journal. A journal that Ingrid carried with her at all times of the day and that Caitlin's sure will have all the answers as to why her friend would resort to suicide. Caitlin makes a pact to read one entry a day in the hopes of finding answers... but instead she finds so much more.

I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, but I've been holding off because I knew this story was going to have me on an emotional roller coaster. I must admit that I am pretty impressed with the way Ms. LaCour was able to capture Caitlin's grief in a way where she makes it YOUR grief. From the moment you open to its first page until you read it's last sentence, you are on a journey with Caitlin - a journey to find a way of coping and living without someone you love. It's a journey that is heartbreaking, emotional, thoughtful, even painful ... one that will bring tears to your eyes, but will also leave you feeling hopeful and lighthearted.

This story is beautifully executed - it captures all aspects of adolesence and brings them into perspective. The characters were captivating. The story was emotional, raw, powerful. It definitely resonated with me and will not be quickly forgotten.


Jess. said...

I've been looking for another book that will tug at my heart strings and possibly induce the big cry that I need to have. I think I'll be pushing Hold Still up on my TBR list and reading it as soon as I finish the current set of reads I'm on.

Kate T said...

I hadn't heard about this book, but now I really, really want to read it! Thank you so much for reviewing it!

Jeanne C. said...

This sounds like a good one. Thanks for pointing it out!

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I just got this book in the mail! I love the artwork included inside of it. I can't wait to read it--Thanks for the review!

Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

Wow, this sounds like a good read. I'm going to add this to my wishlist.

Kailana said...

This sounds good. I think I randomly added it to my library holds the other day, so now I am looking forward to it!

Beth F said...

Wow! sounds like a must read.

Anonymous said...

I love love love this book. Half the time i felt like i was right along Caitlin feeling every pain and happiness. This is definately one of my favorites and tugs at your heart

kaitlyn (:

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