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 dealt with an extremely serious, heartbreaking issue- bullying. It tore my heart to realize how much of this book is true.
Noelle is a girl constantly bullied by how poor she is. She has one good friend, but her mom neglects her constantly, and blames Noelle for ruining her life. At the same time, she’s with a guy, Matt, who refuses to commit to her.
This was a tough issue to write about, but I think Susane Colasanti did a great job tackling this issue. The way people can bully and hurt each other so harshly is astounding. I think this book really helps bring awareness to this issue.
However, I was pretty annoyed at Noelle quite a bit. I wanted to get her attention and tell her how dumb she was being at some points. She was a pretty bad judge of character of the people around her, especially Matt. I did feel horrible for the situation she was put through, however. It was terrible to see all the teachers who stood by and did nothing. I kept hoping she would tell someone what was happening to her.
Overall, this book was a pretty strong, emotional one. I had a few problems with the main character, but besides that Keep Holding On was a good read. I’d give this book 3 out of 5 flowers.