◆ Hold Still by Nina LaCour
◆ Read July 2014
◆ English Edition
❝ I am a girl ready to explode into nothing.
That night Ingrid told Caitlin, I'll go wherever you go. But by dawn, Ingrid was dead and Caitlin was alone. Suddenly Caitlin has to deal with a completely unfamiliar life—a life without the art, the laughter, the music, and the joy she shared with her best friend. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind, Caitlin gets a chance to learn about another side of her friend; and the journal becomes her guide as she deals with forging new friendships, finding a first love, and learning to live without the one person who knew her best.❞
Every once in a while I come across a book that touches me greatly. This was the case with Hold Still, because it hit close to home. I think part of this is because I could very easily imagine myself in Caitlin's place. Someone incredibly dear to me has battled with depression for as long as I can remember so it was easy to identify with the most basic questions that this book features: Why? Why is someone always so sad? Why is someone not able to go on with their daily life? Even, in the case of this novel, why does someone commit suicide?