Monday, August 20, 2012

Recommend A... Book by a Debut Author

Recommend A... is a weekly meme hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit. It is meant to showcase good books don't always think to recommend to others, so every week we pick a book that falls into a certain category.

There are so many amazing books I could have used for today's prompt, but the first one that came to mind was Hold Still by Nina LaCour.

In words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself
This book is pure amazing. There were moments when I just stopped and stared at the page, goosebumps prickling my skin, because it was just that intense. Books about people left behind after a suicide often have parts that bore me just a little, but Hold Still is so emotional that there is never a dull moment. There is so much I could say about this title but I'll stop myself here.

As a side note, did you hear that this book is being made into a movie? The author and some of her friends are producing it themselves, which I think is fabulously ambitious of them. I'm sure they will do a great job!


  1. I haven't heard of Hold Still before but it sound good. Great pick.

  2. Hold Still was suggested to me through GR recommendations, and I always looked at it with some curiosity. It just never made it to my TBR list, but I think it's worth checking out -- especially now that there's movie talk! It sounds like a book I'd enjoy, too.

  3. Ooh that's So Cool they are producing it themselves! Can I be their friend now? Kthxbye

  4. the description gave me shivers!! must see if the library has it!

  5. Sounds like an interesting book. Love that the author's making it into a movie too.

  6. This one sounds intense and it's the first time I've heard of it. Will have to check it out, thanks! :)
    My debut pick!


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