Synopses & Reviews
An arresting story about starting over after a friends suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction
dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just cant.
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 friends suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didnt die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrids descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingridand Caitlin herself.
"LaCour makes an impressive debut with an emotionally charged young adult novel about friendship and loss. Caitlin begins her junior year in high school bitter and stunned over the recent suicide of her best friend Ingrid, a talented photographer and artist. Afraid to risk new friendships and unable to continue her own artistic endeavors, Caitlin finds herself in a state of paralysis, wrestling with questions that may remain unanswered. Then she discovers Ingrid's journal, a record of her thoughts during her final days, and reasons for her tragic, perhaps inevitable fate begin to come to light. What is most remarkable about LaCour's tale is her ability to make the presence of an absent character so deeply felt. The entries and pictures in Ingrid's journal vibrate with feeling and provide insight into the pain of chronic depression ('the sun stopped shining for me is all. the whole story is: i am sad. i am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can't get away from it'). Ingrid's secrets are excruciating to discover, but the ample evidence of her creative force makes it clear that her life had meaning. Ages 14 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
-LaCour makes an impressive debut with an emotionally charged young adult novel about friendship and loss.+ -Publishers Weekly
, starred review
-A fresh voice to the world of young adult literature.+ -VOYA, starred review
Praise for Hold Still:
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (2010); 2010 William C. Morris Honor Book
“LaCour makes an impressive debut with an emotionally charged young adult novel about friendship and loss.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review**
“LaCour strikes a new path through a familiar story, leading readers with her confident writing and savvy sense of prose.” -Kirkus
“The book is written with honesty, revealing one's pain after the loss of a loved one.” -School Library Journal
“A fresh voice to the world of young adult literature.” -VOYA , starred review**
In words and illustrations, Ingrid has 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. Illustrations.
In the wake of her best friend Ingrid's suicide, Caitlin is left alone, struggling to find hope and answers. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind for her, she begins a journey of understanding and broadening her horizons that leads her to new friendships and first love. Nina LaCour brings the changing seasons of Caitlin's first year without Ingrid to life with emotion, honesty, and captivating writing.
About the Author
Nina LaCour is a high school English teacher and former bookseller. Her stories and interviews have appeared in various journals and magazines, including 580 Split and Juxtapoz. Her first screenplay, If It Isn't Perfect, was made into a short film. A San Francisco Bay area native, Nina lives in Oakland, California. This is her first novel.