Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Book Madness: HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour

Folks, I have three words for you on this fine Monday morning:

Read. This. Book.

An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction.

dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

I know this subject matter isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy gut-wrenching, honest, and hopeful storytelling, Hold Still is for you. 

And that's all I have to say about it. 

Because it is just plain awesome, and I am unworthy of describing its awesomeness.

Now tell me: any books you would recommend to me this week???


  1. Loved this book. Loved. In terms of recs: Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon? Boy Toy by Barry Lyga? I'm also starting to read The Things A Brother Knows and am loving it.

  2. I like gut-wrenching. Bring it on! :)

    Thanks for the suggestion.

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  4. Whoa, this book sounds great. Right now I'm reading Girl Parts by John M. Cusick--it isn't new, but it's SO good so far. :)

  5. Ooh, I like the sound of this. I'm FINALLY reading Wildfire *fist pump* Oh, and BLOOD MAGIC is awesome!!!!!

  6. Wow. Sounds intense. I'll add it to my wish list.
    I recommend Hourglass by Myra McEntire. A very fun read.