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 a...more
It was this simple line that made me realise that I not only liked, but respected this book.
Out of context, it is an ambiguous, awkwardly phrased sentence that makes my fingers itch to shove in some punctuation. In context, it’s one of the most powerful statements in the entire novel. It’s a deeply insightful expression of understanding, an extension of empathy, distilled into one potent line.
Mental illness is not a choice. And had thi...more
I think I had such a good feeling about this book for such a long period of time, that I was bound to be disappointed in some way or the other. Don't worry, though. It had some very redeemable qualities.
Caitlin's best friend, Ingrid, committed suicide. The thing is, the two were pretty much inseparable. Both were exceptional at photography, and it was this talent of theirs which I enjoyed being explored in the novel. Their pass...more
Hold Still is a quiet, but noteworthy book. It tells the story of Caitlin, whose best friend Ingrid commits suicide. The only thing she leaves behind for Caitlin is her last journal, with drawings and entries that speak of depression, loneliness...more
I found myself really connecting with Caitlin. LaCour's development of her was amazing, because I honestly felt she could be a real person. She's up, and she's down while dealing with the aftermath of Ingrid's death. The discovery of Ingr...more
"I am not a darling. I am a girl ready to explode into nothing."
Among all books I've read that involved suicide, I consider this book as the best. Unlike others that seem to talk about why the person committed suicide and sometimes ends up playing a bit of guilt-trip among those who were left. This talks about Caitlin and what she went through on her way to acceptance about her best friend, Ingrid's death.
Caitlin is a very realistic character with real emotions. When her best friend died, of...more
Hold Still was no different. The tone was so real, so not forced. Caitlin felt normal to me. She felt like...like how she should when you lose y...more
Don't be fooled by its emo cover and "sexy" suicide subject matter. This book has depth. Though it doesn't dwell on the morbid slit wrist details, it doesn't shy away from them either. The emphasis is on the practical and emotional repercussions of losing your best friend unexpectedly. Walking through the halls, making new friends, laughing and then feeling guilty for laughing. Caitlin is depressed for most of the book but the writing is such that her de...more
I am most astounded with just how deeply I sunk into these pages. Nina LaCour knows teens and she's pitch prefect at capturing them.
I personally not only related to Caitlin, but also to Ingrid (who, wow, she's dead from the outset, but her presence is so keenly felt throughout the pages).
It's beautiful and hopeful and brave and captivating and I wish I could go back to my teen self and give her this b...more
The cover of my copy of Hold Still, just confuses me. Why does the girl look like she's moving, if the book is called "Hold Still"? Maybe, if she were in the process of letting go, it would make more sense. I would really prefer the hardback instead. I feel that it fits the story a lot better!
My favorite character would have to be Dylan, hands down, no question about it. She just seems like someone you could trust, depend and lean on when you need her; she knows e...more
After Ingrid kills herself, her best friend, Caitlin, is left with a few precious (and dangerous) artifacts: a diary, and the photos that Ingrid, an aspiring photographer, left behind. And by studying these entries and images, Caitlin comes to understand everything s...more
There are a lot of things that people hide beneath the surface and keep to themselves, and HOLD STILL really explores that. Ingrid had all thes...more
High school is hard. Teenaged years are very difficult. Without difficulties in our teenaged years, we wouldn't have the strength to get through the rest of our lives- adult...more
Ages 14 and up.
This story is a good read for any teenager who has experienced the death of a loved one or who knows a friend who has. Through C...more
Boy, was I wrong.
I really didn't expect this depth of feeling, this amount of rawness and this amount of understanding of grief and guilt. Caitlin feels, and I was right next to her, feeling lost, guilty, angry, hopeful, bitter, lonely, scare...more
The story is about a young girl named Caitlin. A few months before the actual story time frame, Caitlin's best friend, Ingrid, killed herself. During the end of summer break and the beggining of the school year, Caitlin discovers Ingrids journal under bed, assuming Ingrid left it there before taking her life she begins reading the entries and surveys the artistic illustrations Ingird drew and wrote about pertaining to her life and depression and even to th...more
This was an interesting book, but not a fast-moving one. Grief cannot be rushed, and this book takes its time as...more
I can't imagine being Caitlin. She's lost and confused after Ingr...more
Like Caitlin (the main character of this book) I had a friend whom commit suicide in High School, only I handled in horribly. I shut down, I talked to no one, I c...more
Hold still is about a girl named Caitlin who lost her Bestfriend to suicide and isn’t sure why or what happened at first till she finds her Bestfriend Ingrids journal.
Caitlin lost her bestfriend Ingrid to suicide no one knew why or what she was going through. Caitlin found Ingrids journal . As time goes by she reads a little at a time. The effect of her bestfriends death takes a toll on Caitlin she feels alone and like no one will ever understand what shes going through untill she me...more
That is what Hold Still is all about. This book talks about Ingrid's suicide and how Caitlin...more
Of Hold Still, Nina says:
“This book is about loss, and it’s also about art. The loss part comes from a clas...more