I never, and I mean never, finish a book and feel sheer joy. Most ultra happy-feeling novels seem cheesy and manipulative in that sort of Pepsi ad way, and just being conscious of this drives me nuts and makes me not want to finish. Hold Still, however, is unlike any novel I have ever read. Caitlin and Ingrid have been best friends throughout high school, but Caitlin's life is thrown into a tailspin when Ingrid commits suicide a few months before the start of the fall semester of high school. The loss of a dear friend coupled with the kind of trauma that only high school years are capable of producing send Caitlin into an understandably deep sorrow that seemingly will not end. It is during her self-exile that Caitlin comes across Ingrid's journal, a relic intentionally hidden under her bed. Upon reading the journal entries, Caitlin learns more about Ingrid and becomes progressively more open in discussing the subject among friends, parents, and peers. Her path to recovery is not only incredibly heartwarming and real, but is a spectacular study of the roller coaster of emotions one experiences in their teen years. This book left me feeling genuinely happy and, I have to admit, made me cry. -- Jon Stich
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 Ingridand Caitlin herself.
About the Author
Nina LaCour (www.ninalacour.com) is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.
Praise for Hold Still…
Praise for Hold Still:
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (2010); 2010 William C. Morris Honor Book
“LaCour makes an impressive debut with an emotionally charged young adult novel about friendship and loss.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review**
“LaCour strikes a new path through a familiar story, leading readers with her confident writing and savvy sense of prose.” –Kirkus
“The book is written with honesty, revealing one's pain after the loss of a loved one.” –School Library Journal
“A fresh voice to the world of young adult literature.” –VOYA , starred review**