Author: Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Viking Juvenile/Penguin
Release: June 5th 2012
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A romantic and empowering book about bullying 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.
A Highly Inspiring and Encouraging Read
Susane Colasanti's Keep Holding On is an emotional and highly encouraging read that inspires to become a stronger person. In only 224 pages, Colasanti manages to build-up a consistent and relevant story about bullying, single parents, family issues, low self-esteem and much more. Keep Holding On is charged with well-developed and meaningful themes that makes this an excellent and solid read.
This is the first book by Susane Colasanti I read I have to say that I will definitely be picking up her previous novels very soon. First of all, Colasanti's writing is very dynamic and that makes it even easier to dive into her book. From the very first page, the voice hooked me into a poignant story that, even though it is fiction, we all know it happens everyday to many children and teenagers alike. As a student teacher, this will be something that I will face many, many times in the next years to come, and I really hope I can fix or do something for many of those students that may find themselves in the same unfortunate situation as Noelle (the protagonist) did.
The story is told from Noelle's point of view. Readers can easily put themselves in her shoes through this first person narration and feel all the problems, insecurities and fears that Noelle struggles with. I think it is the voice of this story that really makes this book what it is, it is real. In addition, Keep Holding On is a brilliant and emotional story that brings hope thanks to Colasanti's own experience and encouraging message. In this book, the author herself confess to have been bullied and consider her high school years, the worst time of her life. Yet, the outcome and message of this story inspires and encourages to overcome this horrible situation.
This book is not only about bullying, it is about family, friendship, love, and what it means to make a life "shaped by your choices." (from arc, p.201) Keep Holding On is an excellent and well-crafted story that provides a powerful amount of strength and hope. Colasanti clearly states that "[n]o matter what happens, never give up...There's enough happiness for everyone." (p.201) Things do get better. They did for Noelle, they did for Susane Colasanti and they can also get better for everyone else. I love this book. I really, really do! and I recommend it for everyone due to its rich and powerful content.
❤Thanks so much to Penguin Canada for providing me and arc of this book for review!❤
Visit the author's website at http://susanecolasanti.com