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Hold Still by Nina LaCour
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Dec 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya, lgbt-etc
Recommended for: anyone 14 plus...though probably mostly for girls
Read in December, 2009

This book was a surprise. A good surprise.

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 depression doesn't project onto the reader. It was as fun a read as a book like this can possibly be, chalk full of honesty, art, and humor. Who doesn't love honesty, art, and humor?

Props to LaCour for

* creating a dynamic teenage character who is more than just a lesbian.

* helping Caitlin to heal 3/4 though the book so that it doesn't just end on her first "breakthrough". (I hate it when YA books do that. You were sad and then you laughed and now its all better, the end! Crap.)

* having the awkward convo between Caitlin and Dylan about making out.

* incorporating a relationship that was only ever in theory and yet was incredibly powerful between Ingrid and Jayson.

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