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
It’s hard to put into words how I felt about Hold Still. It was filled with so much emotion, great characters, and a unique plot line. Caitlin was a terrific main character and her narration was heart wrenching and extremely personal. From the first page I was drawn into the book. I’ve never read many books about suicide before so I was wondering how LaCour would present it. She did an excellent job and I really felt for Caitlin and all she was dealing with. I really liked the inside look at Ingrid’s feelings through her diary. It’s hard to imagine that the person you’ve always felt closest to could really have this whole other life going on. Caitlin’s reaction to all the secrets Ingrid revealed in her diary would be the same as mine, a mix of surprise, horror, and sadness that my best friend couldn’t open up to me enough for me to help her. Caitlin’s depression in the beginning of the book really changed by the end, and I loved the characters that help her recover.
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars