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Hold Still by Nina LaCour
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Feb 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-fiction, death, ebook
Read from June 10 to 19, 2011

There are a heap of sad "my best friend killed him/herself" YA books out there, but this one stands out. I thought it was very well done. Caitlin is devastated over the loss of her best friend Ingrid, who we get to know a little through snippets and drawings from the journal she left behind. At first Caitlin has no way to navigate through her grief, but eventually she begins to find her way thanks to her creative outlets and the supportive people around her. The story was undeniably sad but not melodramatic; the characters and their actions felt believable and not overly glorified and/or vilified. I felt like Caitlin and her friends were friends that I would've had in high school, which made the story all the more sad and real for me.

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