Hold Still

Book review by Rachel Sarah, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Stunning, hopeful story about healing from loss.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 15+

Mature Audience but powerful message

While this novel does contain some very mature content at times, the overall message is very empowering for anyone who is learning to overcome the loss of a best friend (to suicide). The narrator struggles with the blame throughout the novel and often shuts herself out from reality; however, through new friendships, she is able to realize her own identity outside of her previous friendship.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much swearing
age 18+


This book is a never ending novel on sadness. I regretfully inform others tgat its a depressant and you need to be aware of that. There are parts where she rubs away and its worrysome. :/

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love coming-of-age tales and grief stories

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