Book Review–Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

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This is the 91st book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
Published May 31st, 2012 by Viking Juvenile

 

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.

 

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While the story moved a little too fast for my liking, overall I really enjoyed this one. A good story that involves bullying, depression, poverty, and the desire to fit in.

Noelle is an intriguing character that I could easily sympathize with. While my life was in ways like hers and in other ways wasn’t, it was easy to connect to her. Her character development was also done well. I felt that some characters were not as well fleshed out, such as Julian and Matt. Sherae and Simon were better developed. I also would have liked to see more of Ali’s character, since she is somewhat important to the book.

I wasn’t really feeling the romance. Noelle had better chemistry with her guy friend than the love interest. In fact, even though he was nice, I didn’t care too much about the love interest whatsoever. But I do like that romance isn’t heavily focused on as much as you’d think looking from the cover. The romance itself did bother me a feel times, like when (view spoiler)

I like that the end of the book has a listing of websites and organizations that help kids who have experienced things like Noelle and Ali.

3.5 Stars. Would have gotten 4 if the character development in some of the minor characters as well as the romance had been better formed.

 

 

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