Review: Keep Holding On
Jun • 7 • 2012
Title: Keep Holding On
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: May 31, 2012
Noelle’s life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn’t know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle’s kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she’s terrified. Surely it’s safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it’s time to stand up for herself–and for the love that keeps her holding on.”
This story is really good. I mean so good, that I want to re-read it again.
What I adore most about this book is how great the issue of bullying is written. The reader meets Noelle, a young girl who has been bullied for a long time. Builled by not only her peers but by her mother as well. I adore the tough life that is painted out for the reader. Noelle is poor, in a single parent home and doing her best to survive and get the heck out of there. I loved her ambition to work, save money and go somewhere, where she is not a prisoner.
The love interest in this book is exactly what I wanted. Nothing to fast, but a slow friendship that forms with trust and then love. I like that Noelle trust is hard to earn. He gave her the space that she needed and is there as a friend when the time came.
The plot wholy captured me. I adore reading each new plot twist as well as the build up to Noelle burning strength that she has gathered all these years. To finally stand up for herself. *fist pump* That part totally felt good. Like “Booyah! In your face” good.
Keep Holding On paints a dark image of what bullying is like. It’s not something pretty or documented with facts. It’s raw and edgy with hope that anyone can hold on to. Masterfully written with a dark tale turned beautiful, this book you will need to read.
I give it 5 BITES!