Publisher: Dutton Juvenile.
dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.There are no words to do justice to how much of an amazingly gorgeous book Hold Still is. Heartbreakingly beautiful, and almost lyrical, it’s a powerful read that took hold of my heartstrings and never let go.
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.
To be honest, there’s nothing special about the plot. Caitlin’s best friend commits suicide and now she’s trying to reel in her grief and figure out why. Before I opened this book, I was thinking “I’ve already this book. Again and again and again,” because it’s kind of common in YA. And if I could kick my own ass, I would. It doesn’t matter if the plot isn’t extravagantly different, Hold Still manages to pull away and distance itself from the rest with its complex characters and gorgeous detail to emotion. Seriously. I just wanted to reach into the pages and give Caitlin a huge bear hug.
Something that really added to the story were the hand-written letters and sketches from Ingrid’s journal. If the letters and entries would’ve been typed, the book would’ve lost some its charm. They really helped make the novel come to life.
This wasn’t a very articulate review, so forgive me, but like I said, it’s hard to put into words how I felt about this novel. It’s impacting, engaging, gorgeously written, beautifully crafted …I could go on for days. Just take my word and pick this one up! It’s an older release, but the search will be so worth it!