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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670012254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Readers will feel her despair, but will also detect her inner strength. - VOYA


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

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 doing weird things like writing song lyrics on my sneakers (this was back in the day before writing on your sneakers was cool). I was embarrassed by all the ways I didn't fit in.

I am not embarrassed anymore.

Writing Keep Holding On was my way of turning a negative experience into something positive. I want this book to reach out to teens who are going through hard times. I want this book to help people feel less alone. And hopefully, this story will encourage readers in need to keep holding on.

More About the Author

Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, and Now and Forever. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, she was a high school science teacher for ten years. Susane has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from New York University. She lives in New York City.

The first book of Susane's upcoming trilogy, City Love, will be released on April 21, 2015.

You can connect with Susane at susanecolasanti.com.

Customer Reviews

Love how life realities come out in this story.
Regina_Linton
So stick up for yourself and others so that we can put a stop to bullying just like Noelle did.
Abby Miller
I highly recommend this book to teenagers and adults.
Amy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fall Into Books on July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a difficult review for me to write because I feel strongly about bullying in schools. I feel that there is no excuse for it and it needs to be stopped. It's one of the most disgusting things one human can do to another, in my humble opinion. I also feel that it is important to talk about the bullying problems in schools and open up a dialogue in order to solve the problem, and Colasanti is attempting to do just that. For that reason and that reason alone, I am giving this book a higher rating than I would have otherwise. I did not like the narrator/main character, Noelle, and Colasanti did a lot of telling instead of showing. Furthermore, there are many inconsistencies between the picture that Colasanti is trying to paint and what seems to be the reality of the situation.

Noelle is bullied because she is supposedly extremely poor. However, I've seen people who were extremely poor, and they aren't too proud to take a free lunch because that's the only meal they'll be getting that day. They would not turn down a free meal that they are qualified for because it would embarrass them to eat it. They are more focused on survival than what other people think. On the weekends, these people are unable to eat anything again until they get to school to get their free lunches. THAT is the poverty that Colasanti seemed to be hinting at, but Noelle's actions and words were in stark contrast with that. Noelle wasn't as bad off as she thought she was, in my opinion. At least not with the money issue. She was poor, yes, but she was not impoverished. There is a difference.

Also, Noelle makes fun of a teacher for wearing the same pair of pants twice and on a schedule, however she's supposedly so poor that she doesn't have enough clothes to wear either. Hypocritical much?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Literary Meanderings on May 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Noelle has been the victim of bullying for awhile now. 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. Living in a wealthy area, this didn't go over so well for Noelle at school - where fitting in is the key to being popular and liked. Almost everyone is the same: rich, spoiled, snobby, and dressed to the 9's in their name-brand clothing. The few people who don't fit into this mold are harassed.

Noelle's home life is no better. Her mother treats her horribly, neglects to buy her the things she needs (deodorant, feminine hygiene products, clothes, etc.), and Noelle has to scrounge around for her lunch every day so she won't starve.

Noelle is just about fed up. She's fed up with her life and dealing with the fear and embarrassment of each school day. Fed up - until an outside force changes everything. Puts it all into perspective, if you will. Noelle decides it's finally time to take a stand. The question is, will it help her situation or make things 100x worse?

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This review is going to be difficult for me. I liked this book, but I had some major issues with the protagonist and her supposedly "poor" status. This will not be short, and it will not be sweet. It's ranty - you have been warned.

Okay. Definite spoilers ahead!

First of all, the facts do not add up. The quality of Noelle's home life, the poorness, the neglect. I think there were too many contradictions present for the picture Colasanti was trying to portray to come across. In addition to that, I had trouble connecting with Noelle and even liking her. Quite frankly, I was irritated with her through most of the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Noelle absolutely hates high school. Not a day goes by without someone bullying or humiliating her. Her home life isn't any better: her mother checked out years ago, and it's a struggle to just scrape enough food together for a lunch let alone get the basic things she needs. So Noelle is shocked when Julian Porter shows an interest in her--he's definitely not the sort of guy to fall for a girl like her. But Noelle has been bullied enough--maybe it's finally time for her to realize not only the value of holding on, but standing up for herself.

Susane Colasanti's latest contemporary novel deals with the issue of bullying with unwavering focus. Noelle is a sympathetic character--she's had more than her fair share of embarrassing experiences that have led to ostracism at school and her mother is self-centered and controlling, making everyday life extremely difficult. These issues alone are tough for any teen, but Noelle reacts to them with a strange mixture of mature, sensible thinking and a total lack of self-respect. She is confident in how the world should work, and how bullying ought to be addressed, and even how students should act, but she doesn't have the wherewithal to act upon these many noble thoughts, making her character seem a bit unrealistic. Noelle's best friend, sort-of boyfriend, and Julian so make up for this in the drama they bring to the story and the quirks that make the cast of characters enjoyable. Their issues meld together nicely with Noelle's and make the story flow quickly and evenly. A dose of perspective is brought into the novel when another student, also bullied and often overlooked by Noelle, commits suicide, but Colasanti glosses over details that might have made the story more heart-rending or affecting.
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