Review of Hold Still by Nina LaCour

In the wake of her best friend Ingrid's suicide, Caitlin is left alone, struggling to find hope and answers. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind for her, she begins a journey of understanding and broadening her horizons that leads her to new friendships and first love. Nina LaCour brings the changing seasons of Caitlin's first year without Ingrid to life with emotion, honesty, and captivating writing.

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I haven't read much contemporary YA lately and Hold Still fulfilled my need for it perfectly. I read it compulsively, barely pausing to breathe until the end. It was just... perfect. It had everything I needed - death, love, hope, art, lesbians...

Dylan is like, the ultimate best friend. Not only is she a lesbian with an actual personality but she really helps Caitlin get out of her funk and start to enjoy life again. I really did picture her as Rock Nana, from the manga series. Her over-whelming need for MOAR COFFEE was a little worrying though!

Art is a big theme in this, Caitlin and Ingrid used to be the stars of their photography class last year and now that Ingrid has died, Caitlin just can't bring herself to be bothered anymore. This isn't helped by Veena, their class teacher, who seems to prefer to ignore Caitlin this year. The idea of Caitlin being a carpenter and building a tree house was AWESOME and I had a lot of fun imagining it!

5/5

3 comments:

  1. So glad to see your review pop up! This one has been lost in my TBR stacks for awhile now and now that I've been reminded I'll be adding it to my summer to-read. :]

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  2. Hod Still is new to me and it sounds really good. I need to read more YA contemporary too.

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  3. I read this a while back and really enjoyed it too!

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