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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In 1973 "crazy" Holly unexpectedly falls in love with Trevor, a roadie for a famous English rock band. From the moment they meet, dreams of marriage, children, and a normal life are suddenly - finally - within Holly's grasp.

Trevor takes her with him on tour and introduces her to the very "un-normal" backstage world of Rock and Roll. When she steps onto the band bus, she
Paperback, 242 pages
Published March 10th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 24th 2011)
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Laurie Carlson
Holly's mother committed suicide when she was 4 yrs old, and was sent to live with her crude Grandmother who also suffered from mental problems, just like her mother. The Grandmother just beat on Holly's psyche terribly. She was brought up being told she was no good, ugly, pathetic, and I could go on. She was never taught self-esteem. so Holly grew up with none. She was a loner at heart, and could not even accept her own beauty.
One day she meets a friend at a new job, and life begins to blossom
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
"Hang On" takes us inside the life of a character with mental health issues. The kind of problems Holly has aren’t uncommon; I’d venture a guess most people know someone who has problems with depression, panic attacks, or who has issues with self esteem or abandonment due to past experiences. While a fair amount of the story weaves in a thread involving romance that at times is chick-lit-like, the real story is in Holly’s internal struggles.

A feeling I’ve had for a long time is that one of the
this is a librarything member givaway. I really loved reading this book. I loved reading Hollys thoughts and struggles. The hard childhood she had and the horrible grandmother made her who she was strong, independent, but unreachable. It was sad to read that she was used to betrayal and unfairly judged by men and women. Her adventures with touring with a rock band was intresting to read and the behavior of the roadies was funny. Her relationship with Trevor was "rocky" in her mind, but ever ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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from the word hang on the story started..
Nell Gavin beautifully depicts a normal persons life-well not normal in the sense that she's isolated from others..

it would give you insights how other people's lives are, especially those whom you neglected..
the story is ever-flowing, wonderful and well-written that will surely lure you to the depths of the heart and human society and that sometimes..mistakes are actually worth to
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a fast read, a book you don't want to put down as you follow the often troubled life of Holley, who struggles to find acceptance and love, mainly love for herself. Being a big rock fan I loved reading about the life on the road for a band and their groupies. Highly recommend.
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Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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4 stars

Holly Salvino is the product of a mother with periods of severe depression and a father she never knew, who left before her first birthday. Her grandmother is a harridan, and probably a large part of the source of Holly’s mother’s mental issues. Certainly she contributed to Holly’s anxiety and depression, since the child went to live with her at age four, following her mother’s suicide. Holly is beautiful, which actually makes her more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nell has created characters that are very real in their fears and hopes. The story is about Holly who is a young woman who is fighting to survive on her own. She has her own inner demons to fight with while facing the challenges of everyday life. She left a cruel grandmother and is now struggling to make ends meet. Until one day she meets Trevor a roadie with a famous band. Suddly Holly feels that she can have a real life and family and a home. But can she overcome her depression and her ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After her mother commits suicide , Holly is sent to live w/ her abusive grandmother. Feeling rejected by everyone from a young age she struggles to feel normal and to have what she considers a normal life. When she meets a roadie names Trevor it is an instant connection but she knows there is no way that they could be togther because of her feelings of instability. Good story and well written reminiscent of Russel Crows Almost Famous and not a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
Hilary Grossman
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
HANG ON is a real page turner. You immediately get vested in Holly’s life. You cheer when she finally lets Trevor into her heart (one careful step at a time). Your heart hearts when Holly suffers due to her mental state. But what I really found fascinating was the back story about touring with a famous British rock band. Nell Gavin describes what I always wondered. What was it like to be a groupie in the 70’s? What were the tour and the backstage scene really like….
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I have mixed feelings... on one hand it was something new to me. Most books I've read about mental illness were much lighter than Hang On thus I could relate to the struggling character(s) better because they were more ordinary, meanwhile Holly's problems seemed more real but I couldn't
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Holly is a 19-year-old single girl living in 1970s Chicago and trying to survive every day. She prides herself on her independence and her ability to survive with minimal human connection in her life. At least, she is trying to convince herself as much as everyone else that she is choosing to live in the shadows. What Holly may not realize is that by
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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4 out of 5 stars

Hang On is a novel built on shaky ground; the ground of mental illness known as Borderline Personality Disorder. This is a broad spectrum of mental illness' which still lacks clear defining lines. BPD has been described as Bipolar, only worse. It's as if the subject feels emotions in either black or white. Things are either all good, or all bad, and they can swing from one to the other in a matter of minutes. BPD is marked by intense rages and "burned bridges" in terms of
Dierdra McGill
Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
I did not finish this book but I did read quite a bit of it and I have little time to read at this time and wow I was struggling with this book at LOT! First of all this book starts out with Holly being 4ish then 12 then 19 with you being left confused as to ok well what happened between these times and when did she age!? The first half of the book talks about little else but how she is soo pretty and all these men want her and she turns them all down so she is considered a bitch, a whore, a ...more
Krizia Anna
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I did not like this at all. It was dragging and pointless. This story is about Holly who is depressed but I did not feel like it at all. She's too critical of herself but not depress. I did not even like the love story. There's no climax to this book.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really ended up enjoying this book, which is always a nice surprise with a free kindle download. I liked that this wasn't really the rock n roll groupie novel that's been done so many times before, and I found the ending fairly surprising. Worth a shot!
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
An odd book, but the writing improves and one gets sucked in - just as with Nell Gavin's novel about Anne Boleyn. Very moving portrayal of relationships and mental illness.
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