Review: Hold Still

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 Goodreads

Most people who know me know all too well that I am fascinated by the topic of suicide. As a Psychology major, I spent a great deal of time focusing on how suicide is portrayed in literature and film, and I’m always on the lookout for great YA books that deal with suicide realistically and sensitively. Nina LaCour’s Hold Still provides a beautiful example of how a teenager copes with the aftermath of her friend’s suicide.

For those interested in other YA books dealing with suicide, I highly recommend Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.

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