I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Also by this author: The Disenchantments, We Are Okay
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction. 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.
Caitlin’s best friend was happy. Caitlin and her best friend had fun times. Caitlin knew her best friend. At least that’s what she thought. Until the morning her parents wake her to tell her Ingrid has committed suicide. Now Caitlin has to learn to live after her friends suicide. To overcome the grief and the guilt. To learn to love again.
This isn’t my usual type of read. I usually just stick to fantasy or supernatural of some sort but sometimes I just like a sad read. A read that makes me think or a read that puts my own life in prospective. Hold Still is one of those reads.
I was expecting a story of a girl whose best friend commits suicide. What I got was a story of a girl healing after her best friend commits suicide. Caitlin’s emotions are believable. All the characters in the book are perfectly written. Nina LaCour did a amazing job of making you feel something for these characters. They weren’t just made up people. There story seemed real to me while I was reading it. It was one of those books that sneaks up on up too. Today while I was at work I found myself thinking about it.
Overall, Hold Still is a book about loss and healing from that loss. Learning to love again and forgiving yourself. Nina LaCour captured all things things seamlessly. I’m impressed that she could write a novel about such a hard topic and still include bursts of humor here and there and characters that shine. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 4 Stars!
Here’s the book trailer again because I absolutely love it! It’s one of the best book trailers I have ever seen.
And don’t forget I’m having a giveaway for a finished copy of Hold Still through 11/9!