Hold Still Hold Still by Nina LaCour

A haunting but not depressing contrast to Thirteen Reasons Why. While the central issue is Caitlin dealing with her best friend’s suicide, and there are certainly heartbreaking points in the story related to that, it’s as much about Caitlin finding her place emotionally and artistically. Photographs and photography are woven into the story quite nicely, and the design of the book complements this artistic angle. It’s more character and situation driven than plot driven, with good supporting characters – Caitlin’s photography teacher is particularly memorable. A good sense of place, too, and I loved how Caitlin used building a treehouse as part of her way of dealing with grief. Recommended to teens looking for a thoughtful story.

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