Keep Holding On
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: May 31, 2012
Challenges: Completely Contemp Challenge
Rating: 5 stars
Via Goodreads: 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.
Every year I count down and wait until Susane Colasanti‘s next book comes out, because they are always just amazing. Keep Holding On has taken its place as my second favorite Susane Colasanti book, after When It Happens.
Keep Holding On addresses bullying and is the sort of story that just needs to be shared. There were so many heart breaking moments in Keep Holding On and it basically just broke my heart. These were balanced out with happier moments of friendship.I do wish there had been more with Julian at the end, as he was quite an awesome character.
Noelle was a character who was super easy to connect with – she gets bullied, and I know I’ve been there, and I’ve watched other people be in that position as well. But Noelle’s issues don’t end with being bullied, there is also the story of her home life. I really loved Sherae, she was the best sort of friend and a wonderful character.
Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti is a must read sort of book. It was truly touching, and has a story that is absolutely worth reading. It was an awesome book from one of my favorite authors.