Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

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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 on.
 

About Susane Colasanti

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Susane Colasanti (www.susanecolasanti.com) is the author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, and Something Like Fate. Before becoming a full-time author, Susane was a high school science teacher for almost ten years. She lives in New York City.
 
Published May 31, 2012 by Puffin. 216 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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If Noelle can just hold on until graduation, she might finally escape the school bullies and her neglectful mother.

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Publishers Weekly

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High school junior Noelle is growing up in poverty with a neglectful mother.

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BC Books

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A novel that intends to be powerful, but is instead preachy and a waste of time.

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BC Books

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There is a real lack of characters in Keep Holding On, and those there are failed to be developed.

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BC Books

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I was hoping for not only Noelle's problem with bullying to be solved, but the school's problem with bullying to finally come to a close.

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Teen Reads

Her desire to support another bullying victim tempered with the fear her bullying would escalate if she did rings true too, as does her desire to trust a caring teacher balanced with the knowledge that she doesn't have the absolute power to make the bullying stop.

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Seattle PI

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti is a novel that begins with much potential, but falls flat by the end.

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Persephone Magazine

Keep Holding On represents everything Colasanti’s got: years of teaching experience in the New York City public school system and a past as a neglected victim herself, wrapped up in a warm, authentic voice.

May 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Keep Holding On

Seventeen

The Gist: High school is hard for a lot of people, but it is literally a nightmare for Noelle Wexler.

May 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Keep Holding On

RazOrBill

While I may no longer be in high school myself, I can really see teens relating to many of the struggles that Noelle has to go through in the book.

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RazOrBill

Summary: A romantic and empowering book about bullying Noelle's life is all about survival.

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