Hold Still Reviews and Honors


"Hold Still may be the truest depiction of the aching, gaping hole left in the wake of a suicide that I've ever read. But it's anything but depressing and gloomy -- it's also about the tender shoots of new relationships that grow unexpectedly out of tragedy. A haunting and hopeful book about loss, love, and redemption."

– Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay



  • Northern California Book Award for Children's Literature
  • William C. Morris Honor Book
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winter 2009-2010 Kid's Indie Next List pick
  • Publishers Weekly Flying Starts Author
  • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2009
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • 2011 TAYSHA list selection

“This novel is a poignant and beautifully crafted depiction about the grief that a person goes through after a profound loss, whether through suicide or illness. Caitlin is an incredibly real character who seems to step out of the book to sit beside the reader as they move through her first year without Ingrid. A fresh voice to the world of young adult literature, LaCour offers a style of mixed diary entries that blends flawlessly with the sections of Caitlin’s interactions with the world around her, creating a moving novel that speaks to the hope that can come from such a devastating grief.”

–VOYA, starred review

“Interspersed with drawings and journal entries, the story of Caitlin's journey through her grief is both heart-wrenching and realistic. [With] A smart voice, an engrossing story and genuine emotion… LaCour strikes a new path through a familiar story, leading readers with her confident writing and savvy sense of prose.”


“This title may be very helpful to young people who have lost a friend or relative to suicide [better understand the process they are going through as a survivor and why their loved ones may have chosen such a final response to the stress in their lives.]”

–Library Media Connection, recommended title

“LaCour writes with full respect for Caitlin’s devastation, acknowledging the overwhelming significance of friends for an individuating teen by treating the loss as akin to marital bereavement. Caitlin’s reading of Ingrid’s final journal, sections of which are interspersed throughout the narrative, is handled believably, and the journal excerpts themselves are ringingly and unusually authentic in their mixture of painful isolation and naïve and unliterary writing. There’s an inevitable tearjerker element to the narrative, but it’s not overplayed, and the implication that maybe nobody could have saved Ingrid brings a raw truth. Caitlin possesses a brighter future, though, and the book gently allows her to head toward it without feeling like she’s abandoning the friend who she thought was headed there with her.”

–Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, recommended title

"A beautifully written, gently moving account of a long goodbye that will resonate with anyone who has ever had to let go before they were ready."

- Sara Zarr, author of Story of a Girl, Once Was Lost, and Sweethearts

"Beautiful, poetic, and honest, Hold Still breaks your heart and puts it back together again."

- Elizabeth Scott, author of Love You Hate You Miss You