Saturday, July 6, 2013

From the shelf: Keep Holding On

Title: Keep Holding On
Author: Susane Colasanti
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit
Date read: June 21-23, 2013
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

A romantic and empowering book about bullying

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.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Noelle is a poverty-stricken teenage kid in high school struggling to live an everyday life with a neglectful mother, bullies and having no reason to live.

This story is a powerful one. Kids in school should read this novel that could open their eyes from the shallowness and immaturity of a young life. There were times that I was teary-eyed that there are actual kids who were bullied everyday (maybe because I wasn't bullied in school or if I had been, I just didn't care). I was a bit irritated that she was so weak and has a low self-esteem to the point that she wanted out the easy way she knew how (suicidal). But then I realized how strong she was by resisting and bottling everything deep inside. Everyone has their right to live and shape their life the way they want it. And in no circumstance does anyone have the right to prevent that. That, for me, is the worst form of cowardice.

Till the next read...

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