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The Art of Holding On

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Life happens, whether you’re ready or not. All you can do is hold on and go along for the ride.

That’s the motto Hadley Jones lives by, and for good reason. Most of the women in her family have repeated the same pattern. Single motherhood. Working two jobs just to scrape by. For Hadley, wanting more is not an option.

Which is why her friendship with Sam Constable was doom
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Published January 24th 2020
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars

I've finished The Art of Holding On during the night and before my alarm went off I had already cried my eyes out because this story gave me all the feels,I felt it into my bones and heart.

Hadley and Sam come from worlds apart,she lives at the trailer park with her older sisters and he lives in a big home with his mom,brothers and step-dad. Hadley thinks their friendship is doomed since the beginning but Sam stubborness will let her see that they could be the best of friends and maybe something

Jen Zingaro
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am kind of lost right now.
I just finished this book and I'm feeling so many things. It's taking me some time to just sit down and digest this story.
I got ALL THE FEELS. Every single one. I swooned, I laughed. I anxiously awaited a most uncomfortable moment that you had a feeling was going to come. I cried. I sobbed on behalf of the characters and the lives they endured. At some points, I felt like my heart was being stabbed a million times with all of the feelings. I wanted someone to talk to
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed my attention right from page 1 and did not let me go until the very end. I gave up hours I could have worked, worked out or slept. I had to force myself to take little breaks so that I wouldn't binge read all in one sitting. Hadley and Sam are both very unique characters. The author does a great job at making Hadley so emotionally closed off without turning away the reader. I felt so bad for her and routed for her the whole book. I read one review before purchasing that said th ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one grew on me very very slowly but surely. It’s been ages since I read a YA contemporary romance and at first I couldn’t get into it. It was about halfway through when I started to empathize with Hadley that I really started to get into this story. It’s usually the plight of the eldest sister to keep the family together and to take on the burnt of well everything but in this book, it was the youngest, Hadley who had to take on all of this on her very young shoulders. At seventeen, you’re m ...more
Tammy’s  Timeout
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Art of Holding On by Beth Ann Burgoon is the story of Sam and Hadley, once friends, but then Sam left their town, only returning a year later.
Hadley lives with her sisters and her young toddler niece at a trailer park, Sam is one of the town’s golden boys, yet this did not stop their friendship developing when they were younger. Always together, their friendship was always destined to lead to more. But then Sam left town .... It is here that The Art of Holding On begins, upon Sam’s return. W
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
'The Art of Holding On' is one of those remarkable well written coming of age stories that catapults you back into your teenage years - you remember when your 17 and everything is black and white and there is no middle ground and then when something does happen that's it and your world comes to end? Well this story is sort of like that! I am not sure if any review can really do it justice you just have to read it!

Sam and Hadley have been friends since they were 10 - an unlikely match as Sam is f
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Note: An ARC was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions.

The Art of Holding On was a good read and happily met my angst quota. Hadley and Sam had the sort of connection that made it clear that they were always meant for more than friendship, but Hadley had her hang-ups, most of which were borne of what she had experienced and knew in life. These two had their fair share of issues, which I won't get into because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone out there who has yet to re
Britt The Hatters
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my angst. The Art of Holding on is a drama filled, heartbreak riddled, sure to make you cry romance. It’s one of those potato chip books. You know the ones where you start and you just keep going and going until your stomach aches but you don’t regret a second of it because it was so delicious? Yup. That’s The Art of Holding On.
I was hooked from the start and had to know what would happen between Sam and Hadley. All poor Hadley had been through, and all the walls she had built around her hear
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Art of Holding On is a YA read that hit me right in the feels. It's the story of Hadley, who lives in a trailer park with her older sisters, while Sam lives in a huge house with a full family. She feels like since they're worlds apart that the friendship that they've created is going to fail anytime. Sam, however, is determined to make her see that the isn't even close to the truth, as he gets her to start dreaming about a bigger future, maybe involving them together. She believes for a minu ...more
Sunny Shelly Reads
The Art Of Holding On is a super-angsty YA story. There is so much back-and-forth, push and pull with Hadley and Sam, and I probably would have given up if they were college students or older. But because they are high schoolers, I put my thoughts aside, and went along for the emotional rollercoaster.

Sam and Hadley were best friends from the age of 10, but everything changed between them after he declared his love for her. (It happens before the book takes place, so the story starts when Sam ret
Enticed by Romance
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am lost for words. Literally, lost for words.

Having never read a book by Beth Ann Burgoon, I had no idea what to expect but something about the blurb caught my eye and I thought, why not. I am so glad I took a chance reading this book and reading the writing style of Beth, I was blown away.

This book is heartbreakingly beautiful! It’s one of those books that hooks its claws into your bones and once you finished reading, you find yourself having an emotional hang over. Its well written and the
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ugh this book will give you all the FEELS. It’s emotional, heartbreaking and packed full of angst. It’s a coming of age story, about first love and first heartbreak.

Sam and Hadley have been friends since they were 10, coming from different worlds, everybody in Hadley’s life has left her, except her two older sisters. She likes to keep to herself, never letting people get close enough, she figures then it won’t hurt when they leave. But Sam has a stubborn streak, he’s wears her down telling her
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have no words for this book. This book has made feel so many feelings. I had to take some time to gather my thoughts before writing my review. It’s a beautiful heartwarming story. When I receive the arc I thought it was YA and I thinking should I read it or not. But I am sooo glad I did. It’s an exceptionally well written story that gave me all the feels. It’s captivating and engaging read. It takes you back to the time when you were a teenager and we were so naive it’s either right or wrong t ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has moments that were good and that I enjoyed, but there was far too much "I can't do this because of what happened last summer..." Etc without telling us anything about what happened early on in the book. It would have been better to learn the events earlier in my opinion and then show growth. By the time the "shocking" secrets were revealed it was pretty easy to guess and I also never really felt like the male character was that likeable... I had a hard time staying interested in the ...more
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Wrong choice to finish half the book in public, I want to cry, it was a beautiful read and had gorgeous imperfect characters.

I love Hadley, I get her so much when people leave or keep hurting you sometimes you do the best to protect yourself and more so when your a kid and don’t know the why. For me she was a beautiful character so perfectly imperfect so human and Sam I kind of hate him, he’s so entitled such a brat like it was described in the book, why does he think he is more important than h
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Right now I just want to say that I wasn't expecting this book, it gives you a lot of feelings and you don't know which one you are going to choose, in one moment you are laughing and in the next one you're angry but in a good way, the author keeps you wondering what is going to happen at the end. The story is beautifully written and i like it a lot. is one of those books that you need to give it a try, and is not going to disappoint you, the best was the little glimpses that the author gives us ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know those books that hit you in the gut? The ones you can't look away from? That was this one for me.

The Story:
Hadley and Sam had an epic friendship before romantic feelings got involved, namely Sam's. He sees more in Hadley than she's ever seen in herself, but she doesn't feel like she belongs in his world. After her rejection, Sam cuts off all contact and moves away to live with his dad across the country.
Now he's back, but nothing is the same. Hadley hasn't had it easy and she's not th
Wendy Livingstone
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those stories which just needs to be read in one sitting, as I could not put it down until I had finished. Sam and Hadley come from different backgrounds, and this story has all the feels. This is a beautifully written remarkable story which is an emotional roller coaster as well as having heartbreak, drama, secrets, miscommunication, humour and love. I highly recommend for all readers.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
17/20 - une très jolie histoire de seconde chance entre deux jeunes adultes qui doivent apprendre à avancer pour être heureux !
Ava Clark
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wish there was more of a resolution to Max's story.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars for the angst. Otherwise both the MCs pissed me off with their drama.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Dnf chapter 19
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