Hold Still – Nina LaCour

Title: Hold Still
Author: Nina LaCour
ISBN: 9780525421559
Pages: 304
Release Date: October 20, 2009
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Genre: Teen/YA
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Caitlin doesn’t know how she’s going to keep herself going.  Her best friend, Ingrid, committed suicide and life just doesn’t feel right without her.  Caitlin is haunted by her memories of Ingrid, which are compounded by something that Ingrid left behind for her.

Caitlin tries to move forward in life, but it’s hard being surrounded by all the places she and Ingrid used to visit.  It doesn’t help that the teacher she used to rely on while Ingrid was still alive is giving her the cold shoulder, so she is utterly alone.  Through her memories of Ingrid, Caitlin begins to pull herself together and realizes that she has to come to terms with Ingrid’s death before she can really begin living again.

Review:

As you can see from my summary of Hold Still, this book deals with some very heavy subjects.  The issue of teen suicide is more prevalent than ever – more and more, teenagers are having to deal with their friends and acquaintances trying to take their own lives.  Therefore, this book, while difficult to read at times, is very important and deals with some incredibly serious issues.

Caitlin is a great character that I enjoyed getting to know in Hold Still.  While she was in a very dark place at the beginning of this novel, she doesn’t wallow in self-despair for the duration of it.  She really wants to come to terms with Ingrid’s death so she can start living again.  While she does act out at times, it’s perfectly understandable. – it’s not really frustrating or annoying.  Caitlin is very easy to like and sympathize with.

I thought the discussion of depression in Hold Still was very interesting and well done.  Often in situations such as this, there is a measure of survivor’s guilt – why didn’t I see the signs?  I should have known something like this was going to happen, I should have paid more attention!  While Caitlin does experience a decent amount of this, Hold Still makes the effects of depression clear.  There was nothing Caitlin could have done – it wasn’t about her.

Hold Still was a solid read about Caitlin’s healing process as she accepts Ingrid’s death.  While this book is interesting for adults, I also believe it’s very appropriate for older teens.  Though it deals with very heavy subject matter, it’s an uplifting novel in the end.

Comments

  1. Sounds like a good book, but I admit that I have problems reading books like this one ever since I became a mom!

  2. Sounds like a good book, but I admit that I have problems reading books like this one ever since I became a mom!

  3. Great review. I’ve just now started seeing this book around and it’s grabbed my attention.

  4. Great review. I’ve just now started seeing this book around and it’s grabbed my attention.

  5. Definitely sounds heavy, but I’m glad to know it’s ultimately uplifting! I love the cover!

  6. Definitely sounds heavy, but I’m glad to know it’s ultimately uplifting! I love the cover!

  7. I love books dealing with serious issues, especially when they are well-handled. Sounds good.

  8. I love books dealing with serious issues, especially when they are well-handled. Sounds good.

  9. Sounds really heavy and books with similar themes have made a sub category of their own in the YA books category recently. If handled properly these books do help teens to deal with situations.

  10. Sounds really heavy and books with similar themes have made a sub category of their own in the YA books category recently. If handled properly these books do help teens to deal with situations.

  11. For some reason I’ve been reading a lot of books lately about death and dying (YA and adult). I’ll put this on my list, but I need a break!

  12. For some reason I’ve been reading a lot of books lately about death and dying (YA and adult). I’ll put this on my list, but I need a break!

  13. It seems like teens these days have to face so much more than we did way back when. I think books like this are so important for helping them cope with some serious issues.

  14. It seems like teens these days have to face so much more than we did way back when. I think books like this are so important for helping them cope with some serious issues.

  15. This sounds like a good book!

  16. This sounds like a good book!

  17. This Book was AMAZING!!! I have NEVER read a book like this one, i could not stop and look around my head was ALWAYS in the book untill i finished it. I can’t even do a book report because their is alot of important details i want to put in there.

  18. This Book was AMAZING!!! I have NEVER read a book like this one, i could not stop and look around my head was ALWAYS in the book untill i finished it. I can’t even do a book report because their is alot of important details i want to put in there.

  19. Depression is an often misunderstood disease. One that is very real. I know because I deal with it every day. Getting the word out is definitely needed.

  20. Depression is an often misunderstood disease. One that is very real. I know because I deal with it every day. Getting the word out is definitely needed.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I’m a teen myself, and just last week I was thinking about committing suicide. Thankfully, my friend talked me out of it. I’ll definitely read this book!

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’m a teen myself, and just last week I was thinking about committing suicide. Thankfully, my friend talked me out of it. I’ll definitely read this book!

  23. I an just about through half of this book and I an enjoying it vary much. this book is vary deep but amazing and I plan on reading again!

  24. I an just about through half of this book and I an enjoying it vary much. this book is vary deep but amazing and I plan on reading again!

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