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Keep Holding On

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  10,196 ratings  ·  808 reviews
A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk t
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by Viking Juvenile
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School was the most difficult time in my life. I didn't have it as bad as Noelle. I have a great family who gave me everything I needed, but my school life was terrible. I was picked on and laughed at for being little. I had a hard time approaching people to make friends. I was even bullied by a teacher who made it a point to humiliate me. I was too young to realize this back then, but I will never forgive her. This all made me lash out and act in ways that made myself unapproachable. Being from ...more
A digital copy of this book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley for review.

I read the first of Susane Colasanti's book, When It Happens, in 2008, and I loved that book. That was the first one and I've never read any more of her books after that, but When It Happens gave me the impression that she must be quite a good writer. (Although later on when I tried to re-read the book in 2010, I got so annoyed I just gave up, and I couldn't recall why I loved it in th
This may be the most rage-inducing book I've ever read. EVER. I've only said this once before, but if I could give this book no stars, I would.

Keep Holding On is about Noelle, a girl who is bullied at school for being poor. It's clear that Ms. Colasanti has experienced bullying and I'm sorry that she has.

It's also equally clear that she has no idea what it's like to be truly poor, and as someone who grew up poor, and who works as a librarian in a town where there are teens in the same situation
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*

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Wow! this is not what I expected at all. I thought this would be some sad book about a girl who gets bullied and finds a guy and they fall in love and all that shit.

Well lets say it is about that but not in that kind of way I described it. Instead its a really depressing, heartbreaking,beautiful book about a girl who is bullied and has to stay strong and Keep Holding On and in a way she meets a really nice guy who cares about her.


I am in still school and from what I remember
Julianna Helms
Quick Reaction: This book was so real that it plagued me like the bubonic. A drastic comparison? Not really.

Honestly, I've been through what Noelle's been through. I still am, sometimes. But I'm more like Simon--I don't give a darn. I really don't care what others think of me. And that's what I love about this book--Noelle's character transformation is so believable and complete that I can't point out a single flaw in it.

This is the book to read if you hated high school. This is the book to read
Keep holding on tells the story of Noelle; whose had a tough life. Once she had the stable family lifestyle; a big house in a nice neighbourhood, she could invite her friends over when she wanted, a mother and a boyfriend who loved her, friends who wanted to know her and her mother was happy. But suddenly things spiralled out of control, due to unexpected circumstances, her and her mother were forced into a dingy apartment with hardly any money, and just had to live off what they could scrape by ...more
This is a difficult review for me to write, probably on a few levels because I don't think there is a person who isn't touched by the subject of bullying and how damaging it can be to anyone subjected to it, whether they're young or older. I have to applaud Susane Colasanti for reaching out to kids/teens who are bullied or abused, and writing a book that focuses on the life of a teen who feels that her world's crashing down on her.

Unfortunately, I wish I could say that this was a better book to
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This book is not an easy read nor a light read, but it is a fast read. Maybe it was fast because I could not put it down. I started it one a Tuesday and finished it very early Wednesday morning. I needed to know what would happen and I felt completely invested in the characters. The audience targeted for this book is definitely young adult and the subject matter is mature young adult. But I think it still can appeal to adults, it appealed to me. This book rocketed me right back to my high school ...more
Oct 23, 2011 Cara marked it as to-read
Why do I always dislike the covers for this author's books? Hopefully the story makes up for it:)

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Tackling a subject such as bullying is like walking on hot coal. Such books need to be able to evoke strong emotions in the reader and at the same time spread an important message. I finished reading this book yesterday and my feelings for this book are still very conflicted.

Noelle is a poor girl going to a school with rich kids. She is bullied on a daily basis by students at school and no one really knows the extent to which the bullying goes to. Thing
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Very cute,but very expected. Not saying that "expected" is bad, though. The book is all about standing up for yourself and dealing with your insecurities and accepting you for who you are, weird and all.

I think it’s a great book for tweens. The writing is easy and fast-paced. Although I have some complains because this book might as well be called a series of unfortunate events because that was all it was, a range of situations in which a teen girl was bullied and the correspondent expected reac
I had higher hopes for Keep Holding On then what the book delivered. I was hoping for something more along the lines of Saving Francesca, Life Without Friends, Fat Kid Rules the World or Feeling Sorry for Celia. All of these books deal with tough life stuff without meandering into after school special territory. Celia cooked herself dinner which Noelle desperately could have learned to do for herself. I grew up in a "whatever you want to fix" childhood. I was also nicknamed "laundry girl" by my ...more
This book was a bit heavier than I was expecting. I was prepared for a sad book that would tug at my heart, but this book was just downright depressing.

I think in a way, Colasanti does a pretty good job of showing what some kids go through in school. However, some of it was a bit too extreme. I know some kids have a really difficult life at home and in school, but I kind of wished Colasanti had made it just a tad less because it would have been more realistic. Bullies have their targets, but it

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti was an unbelievably heartbreaking and moving book. I was not bullied back in high school, and I didn't really know anyone who was, so Keep Holding On was also definitely an eye opener for me.

Through out the entirety of Keep Holding On, I just could not believe what was happening. People are truly this terrible to other people in high school? It was shocking and upsetting. Keep Holding On is defin
This read so much like an after school special. The last chapter made me cringe a bit, even, since none of the words felt like the things Noelle would say.

Noelle is a poor girl in a small town going to a rich school. Her mom is terrible, she has no friends (except Sherae, sometimes), and she's bullied at school because of all of these things. The problem is, though, this story is all tell and no show. I never felt anything for Noelle because she never gave me much to feel for. Her situation suc
I have to say I had seen some great reviews of this and was really looking forward to a gritty read.

But unfortunately that is not what I got.

Noelle the main character was not likeable at all. She is, in my opinion, shallow. The things that she worries about like the fact that her hair isn't straight enough or her clothes aren't the nicest are pretty normal everyday teen problems. Or at least they were for me.

Yes she has a crap mother. Yes she is poor and yes the kids in school are mean to her. B
The core of KEEP HOLDING ON on is solid. Noelle is being bullied because she eats and wears the wrong things because she's poor. She needs an adult to get involved or to find a way to stand up herself to stop the bullies. Reading about the bullying is pretty brutal and you can tell why Noelle is reluctant to trust people.

Meanwhile, the only thing she really enjoys is making out with Matt and hanging with her best friend Sherae. But Matt keeps her secret and Sherae has her own boy problems. (I fe
Hace semanas en una clase mi profesor de Televisión hablaba sobre el bullying, sobre la muerte del chico chileno Daniel, y yo hablé sobre el efecto de las palabras de nosotros en una persona. Nunca sabes como una persona va a recibir un comentario, quizá no sea su tu intención causar sufrimiento pero puede pasar.

Soy de las que piensa que somos responsables de lo que decimos pero no de lo que las personas interpreten. Comencemos a ser mucho más responsables con lo que decimos, con lo que escribi
This book broke my heart in a hundred and sixty-five different ways. It’s the first book I’ve read that’s shown the emotional and the physical effects of bullying and it really got to me.

Noelle is constantly bullied at her school. Whether it’s because of the outfit she wore that day or the sandwich she packed, there’s always this punk ass kid, Warner, there to make her feel like crap. She’d much rather avoid lunchtime humiliation and I can attest that when you have no friends in your lunch peri
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I really enjoyed this. It is such a good story centered around bullying in HSs. It goes into the usual daily struggles of a teenager who is the odd one out. She is instantly picked on by others who hold themselves on higher standards than others which is pretty disgusting; to think that someone deserves to be sad and miserable according to a pre-determined set of behaviors. We aren't robots, we're humans put on this earth to live our own life with all what Allah (God) gave us. This issue just ...more
Keep Holding On was one of my most anticipated books of the year. With its interesting premise about bullying and young and innocent love, it immediately caught my attention. I couldn't resist its cute concept!

Now that I've read it I can say that the book isn't spectacular, but it was as much as a (bitter?)sweet read as I had hoped. I instantly fell in love with the main character. It was endearing and much more to read about Noelle's experiences. She's just a girl who's trying to live her every
This had a really brave premise, which was bullying, but the writing and the story flow just about made me decide that Susane Colasanti's When It Happens, which is one of my favorite YAs, was a fluke. (And to be completely objective, without the intoxication of giddiness and lovestruck-ness, it wasn't even that outstanding.) Half the time, you couldn't understand why these things were happening and how things got there and so on. The story was all over the place, without context. It was mucho di ...more
2.5 out of 5 rating

So I have a feeling that my review is going to be an unpopular one, but oh well.

First off, let me say that this book dealt with a very important topic--bullying. No child, teen, or adult should ever been bullied for any reason. Adults have the responsibility to make sure that bullying doesn't happen. That being said, teenagers need to speak out. Adults don't alway know when bullying is happening and they need to be told so they can stop it.

That being said, I couldn't stand N
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“When I was a teen, I would have been mortified to admit that I was being bullied at school. My junior high and high school years were the worst time of my life. Kids picked on me for being a science nerd. They picked on me for not wearing the expensive sweaters and jeans everyone else had. They picked on me for doing weird things like writing song lyrics on my sneakers (this was back in the day before writing on your sneakers was cool). I was embarrassed by all the ways I didn't

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Noelle has been the victim of bullying for awhile now. When her stepfather passed away, Noelle and her mother had to move to a small apartment and cut down on the luxuries they'd previously been used to. Living in a wealthy area, this didn't go over so well for Noelle at school - where fitting in is the key to being popular and liked. Almost everyone is the same: rich, spoiled, snobby, and dressed to the 9's in their name-brand clothing
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)

There is a big part of me that doesn’t even want to write this review, because I appreciate what Colasanti was going for, and I wish bullying was something that was addressed more often in YA. Not even necessarily as a central theme, but it would be great if it was touched on in some of these books that are nothing more than romance. It’s a big issue with teenagers and we simply do not see it addressed often enough. That said, I had many issues with Keep Holding On, some that kept me from enj
First, I have to start this with Thank you, Susan Colasanti, for putting your personal letter at the end of this book. It's touching and just perfect. And then followed it up with resources and information!! You are wonderful! thank you!

the first 150 pages of this book are a sheer act of willpower to read. it's so painful to read about the bullying, the lack of food, sleep or a normal loving parent. The lack of support at school or anyone to hear her cry out - if she did, if she could.

On every review I’ve read so far, people have mentioned that they’ve been through what Noelle has been through. That high school was indeed a rough time for them, too, that they were bullied, but they made it. They made it onto the other side. They survived.

But here’s where I differ.

I haven’t been bullied. Yet.

I’m still in school. I still have my life ahead of me. I know that since I have about 10 more years of schooling left, in that time I'm sure to be bullied--for my weight, for my religion,
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This story is really good. I mean so good, that I want to re-read it again.
What I adore most about this book is how great the issue of bullying is written. The reader meets Noelle, a young girl who has been bullied for a long time. Builled by not only her peers but by her mothers. I adore the tough life that is painted out for the reader. Noelle is poor, in a single parent home and doing her best to survive and get the heck out of there. I loved her ambition to work, save money and go somewhere,
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