Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review: Keep Holding On

Keep Holding On 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.

My Review:

I really liked Keep Holding On, and it may be my new favorite of Colasanti's book.  The story and the characters are well-written.  The book has a powerful message about bullying.  The message is that no one should have to be bullied.


Noelle is a  well-developed character, and it is impossible not to feel bad for her.  She used to have a mother who actually took care of her, but once her mother's boyfriend died, Noelle's mother began to neglect her.  She does not keep enough food in the house for Noelle to eat, and she never asks her daughter anything about school or her life.  She has dinner with Noelle and complains about work the entire time.  She blames her daughter for making her life miserable, and she always talks about how hard it is to be a single mother.  Noelle not only has to face life at home with her mother, but she also has to face life at school where she is picked on for being poor.

There are many secondary characters in this book.  They are all developed and have a role to play in the story.  Simon is the editor of lit mag, and he recruits Noelle to be his coeditor.  This saves her from the cafeteria because she can go to lit mag during lunch.  Simon is a good guy, and even though he is wealthy, he is not stuck-up like the others at the school.  Sherae is Noelle's friend, and she is a good person.  She doesn't care how much money Noelle has.  I liked the friendship between these two.  Julian is a good guy.  He likes Noelle, but she thinks she isn't good enough for him.  By the end of the book, he convinces her that she is good enough.  Matt is Noelle's secret boyfriend, and I didn't like him.  He has a girlfriend, but he doesn't tell Noelle.  He only sees Noelle in secret to make out with her, and he doesn't want anyone else to know.  Audrey, Carly, and Warner are all bullies and I didn't like any of them.  They make Noelle's life miserable.

If you like YA contemporary, read this book.



  1. Your favourite of her books? Well, since I haven't read a single Susane Colasanti book before, I think I definitely have to make this one my first! I don't read very many contemporary books, but this sounds like one of the better ones out there. I'm ready to sympathize with Noelle, not-like Matt, and adore Julian right with you!

    Really awesome review, Katie! :) <3

    1. I hope you like it when you read it. Her other books are cute romances, but this seems to have more deeper meaning to it. That's why it is my favorite of them.

  2. Oh glad you liked it :) I have had this on my TBR list for a while and I heard really good reviews about it too. Plus, it's seems appropriate for summer <3 Thanks for the review :D
    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holic

    1. I hope you enjoy it. I think this could be a good summer read, even though it's not as light as her other books.