Hold Still by Nina Lacour


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.


Hold Still was a beautiful and refreshing read about love, loosing, and learning how to move on while still keeping a piece of the lost with you always.

At first, Catlin was not my favorite character ever, because of her constant mooping about Ingrid's death. Sure, I understood why she would be sad, since I would be the same way if I lost one of my best friends. Though, I felt that at a couple of times it got out of hand. Luckily, as Hold Still continued, I began to enjoy reading about Catlin and her friends such as Taylor and Dylan.

One of the things that I enjoyed most about this story were the different types of characters Nina introduced to us through her writing. Mostly because thay were easy to relate to and everything but cookie cutter cut outs.

Lastly, the plot and writing was also a key point the story, because Nina has created a story that is not only memorable but flows extremely well for a debut author. I'm really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

Overall, Hold Still was a stunning novel that I highly suggest you pick up come October.

Grade: A

Hold Still comes out October 20, 2009. Also, be sure to check out the trailer below, as well as Nina's website for more info regrading this book.

*Much thanks goes to EB at Penguin Young Readers Divison for sending this to me!


  1. Gorgeous trailer and review. I really want to read this one since I love sad books. I'm glad to know you liked it.

  2. I love sad books too...is that strange?? I'm looking foward to this book. Thanks for the review and posting the trailer.

  3. Great review! I like the trailer and the book sounds great. can;t waite to read it.

  4. This was a great review, I'm really interested in the book now.

  5. This one sounds really good..and I absolutly love the cover! It's simple, yet captivating.

  6. This sounds good -- I'm looking forward to reading it.

  7. I've come across this one several times in the bookstore, but couldn't decide whether or not to pick it up. After your review, I'm definitely adding it to my ever-growing shopping list! Thanks for sharing!

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

  8. This is definitely one that I am going to be reading!

  9. I'm glad to see that you liked it. It's always great to see other bloggers liking books that I really am interested in reading. I really enjoyed your review!

  10. Great review! I really enjoyed the trailer. I think I would enjoy this book, too.

  11. Wonderfully writen review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  12. The book sounds lovely. I like that you mentioned that you had a hard time sympathizing with the main character early on - I always appreciate those honest sentiments. :) Great review!

  13. Your review got me interested in reading this book now.

  14. Great review. I really liked the Trailer

  15. It looks amazing. Btw, Awesome review!!


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