Anyway the book I'm reviewing is a book I read a really long time ago, like 2011 old. Haha But I decided to review this book because a senior at my school committed suicide last week the night before Homecoming. I would like to dedicate this him if that's possible and any person thinking about committing suicide or has been close to someone who has committed suicide. Stay strong♥
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Hold Still is about Caitlin’s struggle to cope with her best friend, Ingrid’s suicide. As she starts to make new friends she realizes that not everything is as bad as she thought and comes across Ingrid’s journal. I feel compelled to re-review this book right now because a senior at my high school recently killed himself before Homecoming. I didn’t know him, but I have a lot friends that did and I was still affected by his death. Suicide is a serious matter and it happens all of the time in the world. It’s a scary thing to deal with and face. When I read this book I didn’t know anyone who had killed themselves, but I do now. I feel connected in some ways to Caitlin, but for different reasons. I had liked this book when I read it, but now I like it a little bit more because I understand Caitlin’s pain after seeing friends going through similar emotions.
The main female character is Caitlin. Caitlin is dealing with her best friend’s suicide and grieving seriously. She and Ingrid shared a love for photography and this passion connects to the story, but I wish it would have affected it more. I liked Caitlin and liked reading about her grieving and self-discovery process. I thought Caitlin was a good character, but I also think she could’ve been fleshed out more.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7.5
The main male character is Taylor… I think. I’m not sure, but that’s what I think. I liked him, but that’s pretty much it. I only saw him as a tool for Caitlin’s grieving process and not an actual love interest.
Swoon Worthy Scale: 5
The Villain- I’m going to go on a limb and say the villain is Caitlin’s depression with Ingrid’s depression in suicide. There was a lot of depression, it was like a circle. You’re depressed and I’m depressed because you’re depressed kind of circle. It was, well, depressing. And yes I meant to do that.
I felt that Ingrid wasn’t really a character. She was mentioned and the story dealt with her, but I feel like not even her journals gave insight to exactly who she was and her personality. I’m sure I’m not making much sense but that’s how I interpreted the situation. Dylan is Caitlin’s new best friend who also happens to be a girl. I have never heard of a girl being named Dylan. I’ve heard of Ryann, Jordan, and Taylor, but Dylan is different, which is kind of cool, but not cool enough to make me name my child that. Other than that I have nothing to say about Dylan and she was also a tool in my opinion. Then there was this guy name Jayson, who Ingrid was apparently in crush with. I don’t understand why the hell he was mentioned for more than a second.
Character Scale: 7.5
The book could’ve been great, no amazing, but it lacked and I didn’t enjoy some parts of this book. One of my biggest problems was how it felt like the author was throwing unnecessary things into the story line to make the story longer, but I felt like have the stuff was unnecessary. I love the artwork featured in here though. I think it’s beautiful and fits the story perfectly. I would recommend this for a quick read.
Cover Thoughts: I love this cover. I mean look at it. The color scheme is awesome and the chick looks like she’s being set free. It’s perf and totally amazing.
Stay strong and don't give up♥ Remember you decisions affect people more than you think they will.