Hold Still by Nina LaCour - Book Review
Updated: May 18, 2020
I’m not saying I’m a superhero. I’m not saying I would have just swooped down and save her. I’m just saying the only reason everything was a waste was that she made it a waste.
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Publication Details: 272 pp; Penguin Books; February 26, 2019
The fall has arrived!This month is the National Suicide Prevention Month, so I decided to write about this book. What would happen if one day you woke up and suddenly your best friend was gone? And, worst of all, that you found out, she committed suicide, and you couldn't help her? Caitlin and Ingrid were best friends. They used to enjoy the same things, and they have had so many memories together, until one day, without leaving a note, Ingrid commits suicide and Caitlin's world fumbles. The fall classes start, and Caitlin feels lost. She feels she needs to do something to find out what happened to her best friend. One day, she finds Ingrid's journal underneath her bed, and Caitlin understands how hard her life was; her saddest and dark secrets. The story is told from two perspectives: how Caitlin faces grief in her daily life, and what led Ingrid to suicide through words and drawings from her journal. The characters are very well developed. I enjoyed how vulnerable Caitlin can be, and it's impressive how she grows through the pages. All her thoughts are perfectly written, and when you read Caitlin's experiences, they feel natural. I also liked how the author explores how our decisions could affect others, especially our family. Hold Still portrays a clear picture of teenage suicide. Nina LaCour writes about mental health from the purest, nostalgic, and honest way that it could exist. What to do when that person you love decides to end up with her life? What happens to family and friends? This is a beautiful and nostalgic book about moving on. It's about looking around for all the precious things life has to offer and realize we are not alone. That there's always hope, and that sometimes, we just need to hold still and thinking about all those things.
If you are having suicidal thoughts or are in crisis, please know that people are standing by help you. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevorlifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth at 866-488-7386, or you can text "HOME" to 741741 in the US.
For more information about this or any other Nina LaCour tittle, visit her website: https://www.ninalacour.com/