Sunday, 23 June 2013

Mini Book Review: Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Title: Keep Holding On
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Released: May 2012

Summary: 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.

Keep Holding On is primarily a book about bullying in high school and how one girl, Noelle, overcomes this and learns to be happy in her own skin. It is what I always imagined an after-school-special movie would look like (if we had those kind of things in Australia). Aimed at a younger audience (I would say 12-14 year olds) it is lacking a bit of sophistication and finesse of other books in this genre. Noelle is a fairly relatable character, and you can't help but feel sorry for her given her situation; a neglectful mother, and the constant bullying she endures as a poor girl in an upper class area. The cover of the book is somewhat misleading as the romance is very minimal, and there was hardly any build up between Noelle and her love interest Julian. Keep Holding On is a quick read that deals with a real and important issue that has touched most people at some stage in their lives. While this novel had the potential to be a great book it falls flat in the delivery and its lack of depth is disappointing

Recommended for people who like: novels set in high school,anti-bullying stories, inspirational messages.

Did you enjoy Keep Holding On? 
What's your favourite book that deals with bullying?


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