Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Summary: ( from back of book). That night Ingrid told Caitlin, I'll go wherever you go. But by dawn, Ingrid was dead and Caitlin was alone. Suddenly Caitlin has to deal with a completely unfamiliar life- a life without the art, the laughter, the music, and the joy she shared with her best friend. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind, Caitlin gets a chance to learn about another side of her friend; and the journal becomes her guide as she deals with forging new friendships, finding a first love, and learning to live without the one person who knew her best.
Review: I think this book is really good. This story shows loss in many different ways throughout, mostly in Caitlin dealing with the loss of Ingrid. I loved the way the story progressed and the way that dealing with loss slowly transformed into hope for the future. I also liked Ingrid's journal entries which were in the form of letters to people she knew when she was living. Her letters exposed the constant sadness she felt when she was alive and I thought they really let the reader understand how Ingrid was feeling before she decided to take her life and i thought that added a lot of depth and emotion to the story.
  However, a story like this can't be fully appreciated unless the characters are fully developed and relate able, and the characters in this book definitely were. Caitlin was a really interesting protagonist and she was constantly surprising me with the things she did while trying to overcome her sadness. I also really liked the other characters as well. Dylan, Taylor, Maddy, Ms. Delani, I just loved them all and loved the fact that they were each able to help Caitlin move past Ingrid's death in their own unique way though some of them were barely dealing with it themselves. I really liked this book and this story is one that will stick with me for a while.

1 comment:

  1. We felt the same way! We were also pleasantly surprised/impressed that the journal entries weren't a gimmick -- they played a role in the story, and in Caitlin's recovery.

    Btw, we are four YA writers and avid readers, and we just started a new blog to talk about YA literature. It's not so much book reviews as talking about different issues, trends, etc. We are hoping to connect with real teen readers, and we would love to see you there!