Keep Holding on

Keep Holding on

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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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0670012254
  • 9780670012251
  • 328,340

About Susane Colasanti

Susane Colasanti is the author of "When It Happens," "Take Me There," "Waiting for You," "Something Like Fate," and "So Much Closer." Growing up in the country, Susane couldn't wait to start her real life in New York City, where she's lived for sixteen years. Susane's own experiences with bullying inspired her to write "Keep Holding On."show more

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Praise for "Keep Holding On" by Susane Colasanti: "[Keep Holding On] ... will give readers plenty to think about and a list of resources to tap into if they need them." "Publishers Weekly" ..".smart dialogue, quirky characters and richly layered plot. Emotionally satisfying from beginning to end." "Kirkus" "Noelle's situation will resonate with teen readers. Her struggles are those of real teens trying to fit in, feeling left out, searching for love, making hard choices." "VOYA" "This novel could be recommended to those who enjoyed Sonya Sones's What My Mother Doesn't Know (S & S, 2001) or Courtney Summers's Some Girls Are (St. Martin's, 2010)." "School Library Journal""show more

Rating details

11,736 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 36% (4,239)
4 27% (3,204)
3 25% (2,978)
2 8% (941)
1 3% (374)

Our customer reviews

Such a strong and empowering little book. Keep Holding On is a story that was written from the heart and should be on ever tween and teen's mandatory to-be-read pile! Keep Holding On is about Noelle, a teen who is being neglected by her mother and bullied at school in addition to going through the normal ups and downs of a regular teen - self doubt, insecurities and pride. She doubts that she is able to stop the things that continue to happen to her. Without any encouragement from anyone in her life, she has no idea as to what she is capable of. Noelle also doesn't like to take charity from anyone when she feels that it wouldn't be necessary if things in her life were normal aka her mother would step up and make the right choices. She doesn't allow herself to hope that she is worthy of more. Until something happens to one of her fellow classmates that forces her to question herself and finally realize that she is more than capable of taking matters into her own hands. Keep Holding On is encouraging and reminds all of us, no matter the age, that we are not alone and that we should always hold on, no matter more
by Margie C
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