Place(s) Traveled to: Los Cerros, California
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
Its hard to believe that Hold Still is LaCour’s first novel for her words are filled with such amazing imagery and grace. There are no big bangs or over the top thrills but when you read this book you are taken on a wonderful journey. Of all the ways that a person can die suicide has got to be one of the hardest to understand. And while LaCour doesn’t pretend to hold all the answers she deals with this difficult subject in heartfelt way. I was blown away by this book and LaCour has earned her way onto my Authors to Watch list because I don’t want to miss what she comes up with next.
Date Read: 18 Oct 2009