Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Description-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.

My Review-

Hold Still was a very good, descriptive, interesting book. I found it quite unique to be honest with you. It wasn't your average book. Hold Still is so much more than that.

It starts when Caitlin's best and only friend, Ingrid commits suicide. Caitlin has no one to turn to and just sits in her car, doing homework, and sleeping. Then she meets Dylan. Dylan moved due to her father's job and befriends Caitlin. Caitlin's life gets a bit better from there. Then she finds Ingrid's journal. She wants to keep Ingrid alive through it so she doesnt read much a day. Caitlin still feels alone though, after she gets into a fight with Dylan.

   I liked the characters. They were all different. Caitlin is that quiet girl, with only a couple of close friends. Dylan, a lesbian who wears dark make-up and clothes. Taylor, Caitlin's boyfriend, and skater. And Maddy, Dylan's girlfriend, the actress. I found them all unique in their own way.

Hold Still really put me in Caitlin's place. Even though I haven't lost anyone, I still understood what it felt like to lose someone close to you. You feel trapped, like you have no one to talk to. But then you realize you aren't the only one who was close to that person. And that you should grieve with the others, and then you're not alone anymore.

Overall- A very unique, enjoyable book. I highly reccommend it.
Cover- I love the cover. Its one of the reasons I bought the book!

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