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This Train Is Being Held

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  29 reviews
When private school student Isabelle Warren first meets Dominican-American Alex Rosario on the downtown 1 train, she remembers his green eyes and his gentlemanly behavior. He remembers her untroubled happiness, something he feels all rich kids must possess. That, and her long dancer legs. Over the course of multiple subway encounters spanning the next three years, Isabelle ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Amulet Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is stunning, heart-breaking, I cannot hold back my tears! Oh, no! My cries are literally ugly!

This is more heart-felting, emotional, tear-jerker book than I expected represents Latino culture and heavy mental illness issues ( suicide, bipolar, depression etc.) at the same time.

I’m not a big fan of slow-burn romances and when I read the blurb that Alex and Isabelle’s journey to form a relationship takes 3 years, I got a little worried. But as soon as I started to read, I relieved: this is
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Abrams Books

Many thanks to Amulet for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
”Falling in love, it is easy. Fighting for it, that is hard.”

Gosh, you guys… there was just so much to love about this book!! Even though the romance was probably a 3.5 stars on its own, the book as a whole gets a 4 star rating because of the friendship and, best of all, latinx heritage and culture.

So, what’s this book about?
When private school student Isabelle Warren first meets Dominican-American Alex Rosario on
Katie B
This turned out to be an okay read, but I was hoping for more. There were elements of the story I liked and others I didn't. I think the the biggest problem for me was I wasn't all that interested in Alex although I'm not quite sure why that was the case. He just kinda fell flat and I actually would have preferred if the story would have followed Isa the entire time instead of alternating between her and Alex. I was way more invested in her family life rather than her romantic life.

High school
Samantha (WLABB)
While rushing to ballet audition, a kind stranger, Alex, held the train door for Isa. Over the next few months, they continued to cross paths on this train line, which led to friendship and more.

• Pro: The premise was fantastic! In a city of more than 8.6 million, these two kept bumping into each other. The universe was definitely trying to tell them something! I found it all terribly romantic, and also, so New York.

• Pro: The romance developed over quite a long period of time. There were gaps
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: half Cuban mc, Dominican American mc, side characters with bipolar disorder

CWs: suicidal ideation, suicide attempt (off page, side char), racism

Galley provided by publisher

Quite frankly, this book bored me to near death. From about a fifth through, I had to almost force myself to read it, I was that tired. I mean, ultimately, it’s not a bad book, I just have very low tolerance for straight YA contemporary and this one definitely fell below that.

This Train is Being Held is about
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
rachael ♡
Aug 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
This cover and this synopsis are both so good !!!
Nov 28, 2019 added it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC! I'll post my review in early February prior to publication.
michelle (magical reads)
3.5 stars

tw: suicide ideation, suicide attempt

full review to come
May 20, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
This sounds absolutely heartbreaking re: I wanna read it
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
This story had a lot of things going on - interracial relationship, racism, gang violence, mental health, stereotypes of white vs. brown (ballet vs. baseball). It was alright. It was a cute romance story with some interwoven deeper themes and it at least held my attention.

I'm curious to hear what a bilingual speaker thinks of the constant mashup of English and Spanish in a single sentence. Is it typical for bilingual speakers to speak like this? I have no clue. I understood 90% of the Spanish
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
First, I would like to say when love was happening in this book I really enjoyed it. Also, the things Alex faces in society were very eye opening and are important for YA to read for a better understanding of how race can impact someone’s life. But honestly this book was like a broken record. The characters were literally the worst at communicating, like went weeks without talking even though they were together, and I feel like that just isn’t how teenagers act with their first loves. Alex was ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with the ARC of this book. Review will be posted here closer to the publication date.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Real rating: 3.5 stars
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Isa Warren and Alex Rosario could not be any different. Isa is a blond, half Cuban/half Irish, ballet dancer who lives on Park Avenue. Alex goes to a public high school near Yankees Stadium. His school is known to produce some great baseball players and he is one of them. He also is Dominican-American, parents are divorced and his father lives in Brooklyn, and used to play for the Yankees. Alex is from the "other side of the tracks". However, they have similarities. They are both very passionate ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A couple of influential readers recommended this book, so I requested it on NetGalley.
I almost DNFd this one at 33 percent. It's well written and each word - sentence - chapter is quite lovely, but I found I just didn't care.

I think this book is trying to address Big Issues, such as mental health, money and class, race, but it brushes very lightly over the top of these. In some cases it seems to fall into stereotypes. Maybe I'm just naive, of maybe every single person in New York hates
Jan 25, 2020 added it
I really really wanted to like this one, the story sounds emotional and heartfelt, but I just couldn’t get into the writing, and therefore it is yet another DNF this month.

Almost immediately there was a situation in the first chapter where main character Isabelle is on the train on her way to a dance audition and gets leered at creepily by a man. When other main character Alex takes notice, he stands in front of her to block the creepy guy’s view. That seemed nice, but then when Isabelle thanks
Jennifer Ayala
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jenny Bravo
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story hit close to home and hurt my heart.
Being a latina and living in the south makes you feel some type of way.
Isa and Alex's story is one that isn't hard to believe. It's a love story in the same vein as West Side Story and I couldnt help but connect the two and fall in love all over again. This felt like a modern retelling of West Side Story, with the roles flipped. Alex was by far my favorite character, he had so much depth to his personality and I enjoyed his perspective. Both the
Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
Thank you Amulet Books for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Lisa Nagel
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really really enjoyed this, and it is so much more than just a book about a girl and a boy who fall in love on the New York City subway. It also convincingly illustrates how it feels to be judged by the way you look, or where you live. Isa and Alex seem to come from two different worlds, but they are both struggling to find their way doing what is expected of them. I found this to be not only a wonderful romance but a powerful book that explores prejudice and how we get caught up in one another’ ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC from Follett First Look

There were a lot of things that I liked about this book-- the NYC setting, Isa's Cuban background that isn't apparent by looking at her, Alex's Dominican background and his father's insistence that he will be a great baseball player, the two's unlikely but satisfying romance, the ballet, and the cast of supporting characters. However, it is a long book, with tiny print, and even my 8th grade girls who want more YA romances are probably not going to pick this up. I
Jenn Adams
Received an eARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

I like this selection a lot! Reading the description initially, I thought for sure it was gonna be insta-love or at least a relatively fluffy book. In reality, we got fleshed out, realistically flawed characters who develop a real connection. Are some parts a little far fetched? Sure, but not to the extent that they take away from the overall story. The author addresses some very real issues (race; mental health; honesty in
Amanda Arkans -
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book! The characters are what makes This Train is Being Held so special. I'm so sad that the book has ended and I have to say goodbye to them.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quality issues-based and realistic teen romance.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great YA book! Handles discrimination, mental health issues, gangs, and dis-functional families, all wrapped up in the sweet package of a love story!
Hira Chaudhary
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I think I liked the concept behind this book more than anything. I liked the idea of two people from different worlds meeting on a train going in opposite directions and falling in love. The book itself is kind of like that, but not quite what I was expected. It felt a lot more hodgepodge than what I wanted and while Isa and Alex were both great and complex characters, I just wasn't overly sold on their story.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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ARC given by NetGalley for Honest Review

[2.5 Stars]
"This Train Is Being Held" has a lot going on in it's story. Between ballet vs. baseball, mental illness, gang violence, racism, and teen romance I wasn't sure what the heck was going on half the time. Isa and Alex are likeable enough characters and have some cute moments but they lack any real spark of your typical YA first love romance that we all love so much. The look into harder issues like racism and mental illness were commendable and
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