Release Date: October 16th, 2009
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
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
Nina Lacour's book Hold Still is about a teenage girl who recently lost her best friend in one of the worst ways possible. When she discovers her friend's journal under her bed, she learns things about her that she never knew before. She finally is able to open herself up to other people and new friendships, and relationships bloom.
I picked this book up because I thought the idea behind it was really good. I was somewhat disappointed by the book though. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book and I would recommend it, I just thought it could have been better. She could have developed the best friend's character a bit more, and maybe included more in the journal entries. I was a bit unsatisfied with that aspect of the book. Other than that though, I think this book was good.