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Hold Still By Nina LaCour

Hold still is about a girl, named Catlin, whose best friend killed herself, but before she killed herself she wrote a journal of the weeks leading up to her death and placed it under Catlin's bed for her to read.
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Carly Payne

on 5 April 2011

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Hold Still By Nina LaCour Summary-

Caitlin is beginning her junior year in high school, but she's definitely suffering from much more than beginning-of-the-year jitters. Everything is different for Caitlin this year, her best friend Ingrid is no longer there. Ingrid committed suicide and life just doesn’t feel right without her, and now Caitlin is left reeling from the aftershock and trying to come to terms with the loss of her closest friend. Caitlin doesn’t know how she’s going to keep herself going.  She is not the only one suffering emotionally, but everyone around her is also affected by Ingrid’s unexpected death.
Caitlin tries to move forward in life, but it’s hard being surrounded by all the places she and Ingrid used to visit. Caitlin is haunted by her memories of Ingrid, which are compounded by something that Ingrid left behind for her. A journal that Ingrid carried with her at all times of the day and that Caitlin's sure will have all the answers as to why her friend would resort to suicide. “Dear Caitlin, there are so many things that I want so badly to tell you but I just can’t.” Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin.
It doesn’t help that the teacher she used to rely on while Ingrid was still alive is giving her the cold shoulder, now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of Ingrid’s suicide. Through her memories of Ingrid, Caitlin begins to pull herself together and realizes that she has to come to terms with Ingrid’s death before she can really begin living again. With the help of family and new found friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. Caitlin made a pact to read one entry a day in the hopes of finding answers. . .but instead she finds so much more. Caitlin- She was Ingrid's best friend. She loves photography and is artistic. Her favorite classes are English and Photography. When Ingrid killed herself she became very depressed over the loss of her. Ingrid- She killed herself because she felt that it wasn't wroth living. She loved photography, she always carried her camera around and took pictures of everything. Dylan- is gothic, has black ratty hair, and wears smugded black make-up. Everyday she drinks about ten cups of coffee atleast. Her girlfriends name is Maddy. "Hold Still may be the truest depicition of the aching, gaping hold left in the wake of a suicide that I've ever read. But it's anything but depressing and gloomy--it's also about the tender shoots of new relationships that grow unexpectedly out of tragedy. A hauniting and hopeful book about loss, love, and redemption."
--Gayle Forman "Beautiful, poetic, and honest, Hold Still breaks your heart and puts it back together again."
--Elizabeth Scott "Beautifully written, gently moving account of a ling good-bye that will resonate with anyone who has ever had to let go before they were ready."
--Sara Zarr Hold Still is a quiet, but noteworthy book. It tells the story of Caitlin, whose best friend Ingrid commits suicide. The only thing she leaves behind for Caitlin is her last journal, with drawings and entries that speak of depression.
--Janina I thought the book Hold Still was sad, but at the same it was touching and expressed the feelings of those who are affected by the loss of another person. It was intense and it pulled me in. It expressed the steps of lost and then the road to recovery. It was hard to put down.
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