Keep Holding On

Keep Holding On

Paperback | April 23, 2013

bySusane Colasanti

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An honest romance and an 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.

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An honest romance and an 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....

From the author:When I was a teen, I would have been mortified to admit that I was being bullied at school. My junior high and high school years were the worst time of my life. Kids picked on me for being a science nerd. They picked on me for not wearing the expensive sweaters and jeans everyone else had. They picked on me for doin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.31 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0142426334

ISBN - 13:9780142426333


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I haven't been bullied before, but this book gives me a different perspective on life. I think anyone who is in high school should read this book, so that they can understand that being different is always a good thing and that life starts after high school :D
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keep holding on Wow that is not what I expected. Bullying is in all our schools and no one likes to admit they are being bullied. Times have changed bullies now have new ways to bully u. They use the internet and cell phones. If u are being bullied please tell someone. This book opens thngs up that people dont see.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite novel!!! I read this before and the story still sticks with me today. A must read for every girl. Perfect is the only way to discribe this novel and you should at least read it once in your life. It makes you see poverty and bullying from a whole new perspective and please please give this novel a chance! It will truly change your life!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Keep Holding On I gave this a three star due to the story line, other then that I would of never finished reading. Way to hard to get into!
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK The book was so emotional and it does relate to alot of people. I really liked the book
Date published: 2013-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Highly Inspiring and Encouraging Read Susane Colasanti's Keep Holding On is an emotional and highly encouraging read that inspires to become a stronger person. In only 224 pages, Colasanti manages to build-up a consistent and relevant story about bullying, single parents, family issues, low self-esteem and much more. Keep Holding On is charged with well-developed and meaningful themes that makes this an excellent and solid read. This is the first book by Susane Colasanti I read I have to say that I will definitely be picking up her previous novels very soon. First of all, Colasanti's writing is very dynamic and that makes it even easier to dive into her book. From the very first page, the voice hooked me into a poignant story that, even though it is fiction, we all know it happens everyday to many children and teenagers alike. As a student teacher, this will be something that I will face many, many times in the next years to come, and I really hope I can fix or do something for many of those students that may find themselves in the same unfortunate situation as Noelle (the protagonist) did. The story is told from Noelle's point of view. Readers can easily put themselves in her choose through this first person narration and feel all the problems, insecurities and fears that Noelle struggles with. I think it is the voice of this story that really makes this book what it is, it is real. In addition, Keep Holding On is a brilliant and emotional story that brings hope thanks to Colasanti's own experience and encouraging message. In this book, the author herself confess to have been bullied and consider her high school years, the worst time of her life. Yet, the outcome and message of this story inspires and encourages to overcome this horrible situation. This book is not only about bullying, it is about family, friendship, love, and what it means to make a life "shaped by your choices." from arc, (p.201) Keep Holding On is an excellent and well-crafted story that provides a powerful amount of strength and hope. Colasanti clearly states that "[n]o matter what happens, never give up...There's enough happiness for everyone." (p.201) Things do get better. They did for Noelle, they did for Susane Colasanti and they can also get better for everyone else. I love this book. I really, really do! and I recommend it for everyone due to its rich and powerful content.
Date published: 2012-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Message & Love In Susane Colasanti's new release Keep Holding on, she creates Noelle who has a difficult home life with her "mother" and she is being bullied at school constantly. Colasanti has showed a clear message that bullying is wrong, and that you should stand up the bullies. I could really connect with Noelle and her need to try to get help and attention from her mother. I loved the characters and the chemistry between Noelle and Julian. Her "secret" boyfriend Matt in the beginning was a big jerk. As it progressed, Noelle was feeling the pressure of how everyone was viewing her after she lied about what was happening in the home. As I continued to read, it was a clear message that Colasanti wanted to show her readers that we as students and adults stand up to bullies and discuss it with our teachers, and parents. I really did like the chemistry between Noelle and Julian because he was the only person who didn't care about rumors, and just liked her for herself despite all the drama that was going on in the novel when her ex best friends started this bullying. I loved Colasanti's writing because in every book that I have read, it shows about a different message of being yourself, you will achieve great things. I look forward to many more books by Susane Colasanti because the writing is addicting. Overall I do recommend you pick up this book because bullying is a major issue and the world today needs to work on this problem, because of the many things Noelle went through is happening today with schools. Great Message, Awesome Read!!! The cover: I think the cover really draws you in with both Noelle and Julian together. Penguin does a great job with their covers.
Date published: 2012-05-27

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Editorial Reviews

“A fast read that will give readers plenty to think about and a list of resources to tap into if they need them.”—Publishers Weekly“Noelle's journey from victim to victor . . .  is an important story for anyone who has felt the sting of their peers' cruelty.”—VOYA“Emotionally satisfying from beginning to end.”—Kirkus Reviews“This novel could be recommended to those who enjoyed Sonya Sones's What My Mother Doesn't Know or Courtney Summers's Some Girls Are.”—School Library Journal