Hold Still by Nina LaCour

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Caitlin’s best friend, Ingrid, committed suicide, and Caitlin is struggling with the grief and guilt that follows. Hold Still is the story of how Caitlin deals with the loss with the help of her family and friends as well as Ingrid’s thoughts written down in her final journal.


LaCour, Nina. Hold Still. Dutton Books, 2009. 229 pages. Hardcover. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-525-42155-9

“My best friend is dead, and I could have saved her. It’s so wrong, so completely and painfully wrong, that I walked through my front door tonight smiling.”

What if your best friend killed herself? Would you blame yourself? Would you think to yourself “I should have known. I should have done something.” Would you be able to go back to school and just get on with your life? Or would the guilt be too overwhelming? These are all the things that sixteen year-old Caitlin is struggling with. Ingrid was her best friend and now she’s gone. One night they are planning their futures, Ingrid promising to follow Caitlin wherever she goes, and the next day Ingrid is gone, slit her wrists. That last night together must have been when Ingrid slid her journal under Caitlin’s bed. Follow Caitlin through the year following Ingrid’s death, read Ingrid’s final thoughts and see if Caitlin can get past the unbearable guilt and grief she is experiencing.

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  • Northern California Book Award for Children’s Literature
  • William C. Morris Honor Book
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winter 2009-2010 Kid’s Indie Next List pick
  • Publishers Weekly Flying Starts Author
  • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2009
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • 2011 TAYSHA list selection

Nina LaCour used Kickstarter.com to fund Hold Still the Movie. Click here to watch a video about the movie, the creators, and the actors.

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“Realistic fiction breaks you apart but then puts you back together again. There’s nothing quite like reading something that could very well be like your own life.” Alyse R.  Age 18


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