Friday, April 23, 2010

Hold Still

This is #25 on my list and I have reached the second level on the YA Reading Challenge.It's called the Just My Size YA Reading Challenge. I'm trying to get to level 4 called Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge. I am working my way to that level, slower than usual, but I'm still reading a lot. I'll have more time during the summer.
So this one is called Hold Still by Nina Lacour

About and Thoughts on Book:
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
From B&N

I realize that lately I have been reading books very similar to this one. This book drew me in with the beginning. Caitlin can't see living her life without Ingrid. It was always them two together since the ninth grade. In the beginning Caitlin has a hard time coping and even talking to anyone. She starts a friendship with the new girl in school, Dylan, but is afraid that she can't handle another friendship and that she's not worthy of one. She decides to blow Dylan off one day, she thinks this is the best solution. She thinks Dylan deserves a better friend than her. She's wrong, she needs Dylan as a friend, and not as a replacement for Ingrid. She can't go through the rest of her life with no one. When she finds Ingrid's journal, she discovers things that Ingrid never told her. She thought they were just alike, but that was not always true. Ingrid meant for Caitlin to find the journal. She wanted her to know why and what was going on with her that she didn't tell her. Ingrid was an amazing artist, she was so good at photography. She left behind that for Caitlin. Most of the photos were of Caitlin. It showed how important Caitlin was to Ingrid, but Ingrid just couldn't deal with life. That didn't mean that she wanted Caitlin not to live her life, she wanted her to. This is an amazing book, a first novel for author Nina Lacour, and she wrote a powerful book.

Alisha

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