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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: 20 Oct 2009
ISBN: 0525421556
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
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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.

I first heard about Hold Still by Nina LaCour when my friend Alea showed me a link for the trailer and the moment I saw it I knew I had to read it. There was just something about the voice of the narrator that drew me in. I think that she fully captured the essence of Ingrid, it was a haunting voice filled with sadness. Then with the addition of the music….well….it tore at my heartstrings. When I obtained my own copy of the book I tore through it. Lost in the words and the world that LaCour created. Caitlin is such an amazing character as she deals through her grief and tries to come to grips with Ingrid’s suicide. For as long as Caitlin could remember it was always her and Ingrid a dynamic duo. Now without Ingrid to lead the way Caitlin has to learn who she is all over again.

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

3 Responses to “Hold Still by Nina LaCour”

  1. Cate

    I cannot even begin to tell you how badly I want to read this…It’s getting great reviews! I’m glad you found it as intriguing as I do- Great review!