Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
Publication Date: May 31, 2012
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Synopsis: 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.
Personal Thoughts: This was a heart wrenching book. On one hand you were waiting anxiously to see what would happen with Noelle and Julian, and on the other hand you were waiting to see when the bulling would get to be too much for Noelle and when she would reach her breaking point.
The contrast between the life that she was living and her environment was eye opening. The rich suburban neighborhood kids all trying to fit it by being the same and Noelle and her family are the outcasts because they are struggling to survive.
I loved how there were several stories going on at the same time. It wasn’t just about the bullying or just about relationships and life, it was everything and then some. Susane Colasanti did a great job tackling a tough subject. Although in some areas I felt that she could have expanded and gone deeper than she did. It felt like she was just on the surface and she needed to go a bit beyond it.
Overall it was a really emotional read and the shocking twist at the end was a surprise. However, it propelled Noelle to do what she had been afraid to do all along. It definitely moved the story in a new direction. I read this book in one sitting and couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It was a fast read but it leaves a lasting impression on you.
Rating: 4/5 Stars