Keep Holding On
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Genre: young adult
Goodreads: 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.
Ope’s Opinion: I received this book at BEA. I was bullied in high school. This book took me right back there. All it takes is one person to let another person know they are included. It was interesting to see the main character get the strength to stand up for herself when other people let her know she wasn’t alone. It is so hard to let students know that after high school, another life starts. One that doesn’t include all those people who may not have treated you the way you should have been. It is hard to survive until you know yourself well enough to take other peoples opinions as your own. Thanks for writing this book. I hope it helps someone feeling alone.
Rating: Three Chairs – I like this book enough to suggest it to a friend or two, who might also share it.
FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received one copy of this book free of charge from BEA.
I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book;
rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.