Review: Hold Still

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Title: Hold Still
Author: Nina LaCour
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: September 25th 2009
Pages: 230
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fictiondear 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.

Every once in a while I come across a book that touches me greatly. This was the case with Hold Still, because it hit close to home. I think part of this is because I could very easily imagine myself in Caitlin’s place. Someone incredibly dear to me has battled with depression for as long as I can remember so it was easy to identify with the most basic questions that this book features: Why? Why is someone always so sad? Why is someone not able to go on with their daily life? Even, in the case of this novel, why does someone commit suicide?