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 think I have come to expect it in stories now, even when I know real life doesn’t always work that way. It’s always different on the outside. Yes she is poor and yes the kids in school are mean to her. Overall, Keeping Holding On is colasxnti powerful story about never giving up and learning to stand up for yourself. Her situation sucked, but all I knew was her situation sucked.

Emotionally satisfying from beginning to end. I wish I had him as a best friend he’s just so fantastic singing down the halls without a care in the world. I don’t come from holdding super small, super rich town like Noelle, but in my school, nobody at all cared that anybody had free lunch. Noelle gets bullied a lot in school mostly for the fun of the ones doing it. She doesn’t hllding hating her, but begins to understand where mother got her perspective on life.

Apr 24, Amanda Good Choice Reading rated it it was ok. Hurtful words are thrown her colasahti and she even gets physically hurt. It’s clear that Ms. I ached for Noelle. Not to mention the federal free lunch program includes breakfast. I had a great time there. At the same time, I holdinf sympathize with her, and I understand that with the difficult home life and the bullying colasanto school. Writing the Book 78 Sep 25, If this girl is as starving and malnourished as we’re supposed to believe, bullying or not, I think she’d suck it up and eat the damn free lunch.


Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love. Simon is somebody who I definitely would’ve been friends with if I went to high school with him.

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

View all 8 comments. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This is one of the most important books that I have read this year and probably in my entire life; if you or any friend you might have is going to school afraid of their peers, you need to read this book.

And that is something that they need to understand. One of the most powerful early scenes is when Noelle discovers that mother stole from her – in what capacity, I’ll leave it up to the reader to find out. I did cry plenty of times here but then,it took so long for Noelle to realize that she herself,can stop the bullying. When her stepfather passed away, Noelle and her mother had to move to a small apartment and cut down on the luxuries they’d previously been used to.

A girl who has absolutely no friends. Beggars can’t be choosers, no? RAINN leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. I admire Susane for re-living those painful memories to create this wonderful book that will be a friend to teenage girls and boys going through similar situations at home and at school.

Buy the selected items together This item: And that is, by far, the triumph of the book — in making those heavy, hard things accessible and open to those who have never experienced them. There are a lot of problems in America, but I think bullying is the worst. When they can reach down into the very depths of your soul with their words and maybe even make you see and believe things you never thought you would. For a book that tries to incorporate these elements and the moral lines that are crossed, it doesn’t develop them by showing.


The secondary characters were the best. This is the book to read if you hated high school.

An organization dedicated to guiding teens from rehab to recovery. It just hit me hard.

I had bad, frizzy hair, wore glasses, and was generally awkward and geeky. For many of my friends, the free breakfast and lunch was their food for the day. You want to meet-and-greet her best friends.

I find this unrealistic as well. She is intelligent and caring.

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The problem is, though, this story is all tell and no show. Not that a boiled hot dog and lump of revolting potato salad is even remotely appealing. Why doesn’t Noelle tell Julian?

This is the book to read if you loved high school.

Colasanti has published six books so far, and her oh feels as strong as her first books, When It Happens and Take Colxsanti There, possibly because bullying is such a personal topic for her, since she was bullied herself as a teenager.

But readers, I regret to say that this book didn’t impress me. Not only because she actually got attacked but because she actually thought the guns were real. There was also her reliance on a guy in the end of the story that made her transformation weak — she says as much as she NEEDED Julian to get through things.

I was also nicknamed “laundry girl” by my mom because that was my chore.