Hold Still by Nina LaCour

How does your life move forward,
when all you want to do is..

Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Publishing Date: 2010 
Publisher: Speak/Penguin Group
# of pages: 229
Genre: Contemporary

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. 

I'm not going to say much because honestly, I don't know at all what to say. 

I'm not going to go on and on and on, and even try to be eloquent, about how how beautiful this book is. About how real this book is.

That would be a waste of time.

It's about a girl who lost her best friend dealing with all the loss, anger, and sadness all built up inside of her, ready to make her explode into absolute nothing. It's about Caitlin, trying to find life again without Ingrid, and trying to learn how to let people inside her again.

I don't want to over-analyze this book or break it down piece-by-piece. You can't, otherwise you just lose its entire purpose. It's like a song you really love. You don't have to analyze it, lyric by lyric to know why you love it or why it means so much. You just listen and get it and it's like it understands life and you. There's no need to dissect it; it just is and that's more than enough.

This is a book that makes you lose words. Just read and feel it, because that I promise you will do.

Nina LaCour has made a movie of the novel. No release date yet but you can see pictures, posts, interviews, and more on the movie's kickstarter page and Nina's blog


Teaser Tuesday (#2)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
This week I'm supposed to give a teaser from my own writing, but the piece I was going to share needs to undergo some editing as I made a major plot change to the novel. Hopefully next week I can share it.

Today I'm going to give a teaser from a book I'm actually rereading, whose review will be up tomorrow, and is one of my favorite books written by one of my favorite authors, Nina LaCour. Here's a teaser from her novel, Hold Still:

   Here's how I feel: People take one another for granted. Like, I'd hang out with Ingrid in all of these random places -- in her room or at school or just on some sidewalk somewhere. And the whole time we'd tell each other things, just say all of our thoughts out loud. Maybe that would've been boring to some people, but it was never boring to us. I never realized what a big deal that was. How amazing it is to find someone who wants to hear about all the things that go on in your head. Your just think the things will stay the way they are. You never look up, in a moment that feels like every other moment of your life, and think, Soon this will be over. But I understand more now. About the way life works. I know that when I finish reading Ingrid's journal, there won't be anything new between us ever again. 

--pg. 44, Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Beautiful, stunning book about life, love, friendships, and single moments in life where you feel like everything is still. The thing I love most about Nina LaCour's writing in here is how simple she puts everything. It isn't describe in too many words or with large metaphors or in ornate words. It's simple, honest, and real. This is the book where you read and feel everything. I've started the review, but it's really hard to put something this special into words. I already know the review will be much shorter than my other ones and like this novel, put simply and honestly. And honestly, the best novels are the ones where you grasp for words but still nothing is enough. It's the ones where you just have to feel and can't really put into words.

But I'll save all that for tomorrow's review.