Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hold Still by Nina Lacour

Nina Lacour has created a haunting, beautiful, and ultimately realistic depiction of what it's like to live through a best friend's suicide. Caitlin is angry, sad, and guilty after her closest friend Ingrid kills herself. Finding Ingrid's journal under her bed gives her a glimpse of what Ingrid was going through, allows her to move past self-blame and, in the end, let go of Ingrid. The Bay Area setting, well-developed supporting characters, and Mia Nolting's illustrations make this a special book. Check out the trailer on Lacour's website. Give it to fans of Garret Freyman-Weyr and John Green. Grade 8+