Title: Hold Still
Author: Nina LaCour
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.
Caitlin just found out her best friend has committed suicide and left her journal for her to try to understand why she committed suicide while Caitlin is left trying to make her way through high school and answering all of the questions people have about Ingrid.
I love Nina LaCour. I have read all three of her novels and they are all excellent. She writes realistic characters who may not always make the best choices but she makes you understand the character and I never felt any frustration with the characters or the story. I liked seeing Ingrid through her journal and through Caitlin's perspective. Caitlin brushed a lot of little things off that Ingrid did and then when we see Ingrid's side we see the darker side of her having a bad day where she felt so worn down and sad and couldn't put up a good face.
I loved that Caitlin's parents were involved in her life and also that Ingrid's family was also mentioned throughout the book. Once Ingrid was gone, her family did not completely fade from Caitlin's life. They were still there in the background.
I wish I read it earlier. I discovered Nina when she wrote her second book then I read her most recent release and then this book. A little out of publication order but all excellent.