An honest romance and an empowering book about bullying –from the author of the City Love trilogy Noelle’s life is all about survival. Even her best. Keep Holding On. by Susane Colasanti. For Noelle, being constantly bullied at school is just one of the many problems stacking up in her life. High school junior Noelle is growing up in poverty with a neglectful mother. At school she is the target of bullies who tease her about her sad.

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I just want to hug everyone in this book, you guys. She could also be very shallow at times, especially when it came to Ali, a fellow bully-victim.

View all 4 comments. Why on Earth would you expect someone to do for you what you would not do for them? They crippled and crushed and dared me to hope. I can’t describe it but I felt like the writing prevented me from getting into the story. And that bad habit is not talking about colzsanti books I read in between the YA and middle grade fantasy that I mention in reviews.

Noelle comes from a single-parent household, and she repeatedly tells us how poor she is. It is HARD to read these words — they are a physical weight and portray exhaustion with life, with trying to overcome, with making due. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. hplding

Susane Colasanti – Keep Holding On

But my biggest problem with the book is Noelle herself. Soon a dramatic event at school forces Noelle to gain confidence and stand up for herself.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Surely it’s safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. I was also nicknamed “laundry girl” by my mom because that was my chore.

Keep Holding On

She was an extremely strong and admirable character. Their hour National Dating Abuse Helpline is 1. Is this really the right time to be so– forgive my language–snobbish?


Colasajti lives are blurry. Noelle, please go buy your own tampons. I get that low self esteem and depression are frustrating issues. Also view spoiler [ the Ali suicide Clasanti saw coming from miles away and there was absolutely no emotional thrust in this moment. Thank goodness it ended. And hopefully, this story will encourage readers in need to keep holding on. She has a single mom who is too self-involved and mired in her own misery to even bother keeping food on hand. The question is, will it help her situation or make things x worse?

Showing is one thing – and I think the parts where Colasanti shows what happens to Noelle and the abuse she endures the part where Olivia threatens Noelle’s hair made chills go down my spine.

She has a hard life and she’s not sure what she’s doing, but she’s still so inspiring and brave for all the things she does.

We’d like to think someone who gets bullied would help others in the same boat, but I call that wishful thinking. Noelle and her mother holcing to have enough food when they receive new food stamps, but once they run out, her mother no longer seems to be able to supply many groceries. She is judged by her lack of expensive clothes or her lack of food.

After a certain point, it didn’t feel realistic colasangi, but rather a heavy handed message that touched base on quite a few issues, but didn’t have the emotional punch that perhaps other books who’ve tackled the subject of rape, child abuse, and bullying have had. That she didn’t try to help herself in that way coolasanti only she could.

In a way, that was hypocritical on her part. He doesn’t care what people think of him and his friendship with Noelle is so great.

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Please forgive my obsession with rating. Darkness is not forever. That implies something about this book. I was really excited when my request got approved, hoping I would like it like I did the first novel.


Susane Colasanti’s latest lead character, a victim of bullying, narrates with an authentic voice in a novel that may well unite teens everywhere.

Sherae was there to pick up some of the pieces and was just a really good friend. Unfortunately, I wish I could say that this was a better book to expound on the matter.

My teen years were the worst time of my life. Showing of 78 reviews. And when Julian Porter, her other love interest, shows that he likes her, she pushes him away because she believes that once he gets to know her and her messed up world better, he’ll stop liking her and leave anyway.

Although she was a smart and independent girl, she often baffled me with a couple of her poor decisions. It takes courage to speak up when you or someone you know is being mistreated. Bullying is often about the internal and the external, how those around you can affect what’s inside you, and I think Susane told this brilliantly.

But we all have times when we just sink until we can’t breathe, and Keep Holding On is it. Life’s stupid and gorgeous and obnoxious and endowing. View all 17 comments. Keep Holding On was a poignant heart wrenching read that brings to the surface how bullying is still a major issue today; it can truly affect individuals so much that they see only one possible way out.

You should have seen my kindle by the time I finished this book, literally half of it was highlighted with beautiful achy quotes.