I had heard quite a few things about this book and decided I really wanted to read it and I am so glad that I did. I checked Hold Still by Nina LaCour out of the library and read it in two days. It was incredible.
Summary: This is the story of Caitlin, a high school student whose best friend Ingrid has just killed herself. The story is broken down by the four seasons, and chronicles Caitlin’s first year without Ingrid. She wonders if she should have seen signs that Ingrid was suicidal, and has mostly secluded herself from others. She sits in her car most nights just thinking about what happened and seems unable to move on. Then she finds Ingrid’s journal under her bed that she left behind for her. The letters, journal entries, and drawings that were in the journal are peppered throughout the book and reveal Ingrid’s downfall to severe depression and eventual suicide. Caitlin’s story is supported by an interesting cast of characters, including Dylan, a new transfer student who befriends Caitlin, and Taylor, who Caitlin may be falling in love with.
My Thoughts: Wow, I absolutely adored this book. It was incredible, realistic, honest and emotional. These kinds of books aren’t always easy to digest, but it was so beautifully written that I devoured it extremely quickly. The story was dark yet hopeful and Caitlin was so realistic to me. Her reaction was painful but true, and her growth was inspiring. Oftentimes these tragedies are unimaginable to us, but I feel as though this was about as real as a story could get on the matter. This story will stay with me forever, I’m sure. It really touched my heart, as cheesy as that sounds. There are just not enough words to express my love for this book. It was simply amazing.
The Bottom Line: Incredible, heartbreaking, and highly recommended. I loved it.
Currently Reading: Unlikely Angels by Michael O’Doran, received for review.