Colasanti, Susan. Keep Holding On. New York: Penguin Group (USA), 2012. Print.
Keep Holding On
Written By: Susan Colosanti
Reviewed By: Laura Ledezma
Recommended Audiences: Highschool Girls
The life of Noelle is based upon two things, survival and acceptance. She is verbally and even sometimes physically harassed on the regualr. Her house isn’t a home and her only escape oasis is her best friend’s mansion. There she endulges on things she’s never had. Her best friend doesn’t know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle’s kept in so much about her life and it’s been a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she’s terrified. It’s logical to stay away from love than to end up hurt from 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.
Noelle is not only bullied by a certain girl, but also by a certain boy. This boy calls Noelle out at any given chance he has. He makes fun of Noelle’s mustard and lettuce sandwiches, throws food at her in the cafeteria, and makes her the laughing stock of the school. A boy named Simon reaches out to Noelle and buys her lunch on a regular basis. Her and Simon connect and become really close. She doesn’t have to tell him how she feels because he sees they way people treat her.
Noelle is the type of character to connect with because she’s been bullied throughout her whole highschool career. But her problems don’t end there. The story of her home life is tragic and really makes you appreciate your home and family. Sherae was Noelle’s guardian angel, shehelped Noelle escape her sadness with candy, movies, warm soft clothes, and decent dinners. If you ever need a pick-me-up, Keep Holding On is a touching story that is absolutely worth reading.
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