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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: PMI Books (September 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933826401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933826400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,268,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Holdout is a definite gotta read book that fans of romance, fans of reality shows, and yes, even those who switch the channel when that tribal music comes on, should pick up a copy and start reading. You won't be disappointed!" -Feathered Quill

Laurel Osterkamp is a brilliant author and The Holdout is a winner. I shared Robin's pains and joys as she fought her inner battles dealing with love, pride, justice, and life. I loved this book - it had a little of everything in it. The Holdout was so well written that I felt as though I knew Robin forever and hoped our friendship would continue long after I finished the book. Don't miss this one. The Holdout and Laurel Osterkamp will be talked about for a long time. The Holdout has all the makings for a long run at the top of the bestseller list.
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More About the Author

I love writing because I get very attached to my characters. Lucy debuted in Campaign Promises, a free novella that I released to thank all my awesome readers. Then Lucy's story continued with November Surprise and Blue State. More recently there's The Holdout, also featuring Lucy, but the main character is her cousin Robin, and it's about love, justice, and reality TV. And you can find both Lucy and Robin in my newest book, American Angst.

I'm on Twitter but I don't tweet super often. A better idea is to follow my blog,, or Lucy's blog,, where you'll read about Lucy's career, marriage, and politics.

I teach in Minneapolis, MN, where I enjoy my boot collection, spending time with my husband and two chatty children, and finding time to write. My other novels are both award winning - Following My Toes and Starring in the Movie of My Life. Visit me at

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Second, the story is very well-written and contains a multi-layered plot that's executed extremely well, yet easy to follow.
A. Bellini
I knew I would love the reality TV portion, but was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed the jury duty sections, and the family segments.
Becky Rose
Great glimpses into the experiences of a reality show contestant running parallel with those of the same person on jury duty.
Morgan Mandel

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Hockley on September 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Laurel Osterkamp has chosen an interesting way to pose the question - does justice exist?

Her likeable character, Robin Bricker, applies for and is accepted into a "Survivor" type reality show. Her mother having died when she was a toddler, she has been judged a wimp by her brothers, so she is determined to prove that she is anything but.

She is whisked off to the Phillipines along with the rest of the cast, where they have to survive on the show and win, to be awarded one million dollars. The machinations and deceit of her fellow cast members, particularly Grant, batter Robin emotionally and leave her feeling a fool in front of millions of Americans, all of whom have opinions and are not afraid to voice them.

One year later and the show is airing on television. Robin, who has been chosen for jury duty, spends her time trying to hide behind a disguise, ashamed of her public gullibility and hurt by stinging comments on Twitter.

Osterkamp cleverly intertwines the two plots - "reality" TV and jury duty - and the outcome is most satisfying. The romantic aspect is beautifully and quietly done.

Highly recommended novel :)
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Laurel Osterkamp's THE HOLDOUT is a poignant, heartfelt romance sent against the backdrop of two American cultural standards - reality TV and the judicial system. Thirty-one-year-old Robin Bricker went on a reality TV show called "The Holdout," clearly modeled after the successful CBS series, "Survivor." As the novel begins, the show is being aired and Robin dreads the embarrassment she is sure to face when her behavior on the show (especially her on-screen "showmance" with fellow contestant Grant Zane) becomes public. At the same time, Robin is on jury duty, hearing a civil suit involving a Greek yacht manufacturer and a wealthy client who claims the yachts he purchased were defective. Osterkamp cleverly juxtaposes what happens on the reality TV show with what eventually happens in the jury room. Is there any such thing as true justice, or is it all subjective?

At its core, THE HOLDOUT is a romance. Robin falls for Grant because he's charming, attractive, and a smooth talker, but he just might be a manipulative jerk who was only using her to cash in on the show's million dollar prize. She also falls for juror number ten, a real estate agent named Nick with whom she seems to have a lot in common. For a while, she manages to keep her appearances on "The Holdout" secret from the jurors she's serving with, but she knows that won't last long. And as she comes closer and closer to the airing of the series' incendiary finale, Robin begins to question all of her decisions, especially those involving men.

Fans of "Survivor" will clearly recognize "The Holdout" in Osterkamp's novel - there's a Phil Probst-style host named Joe Pine (he even mouths classic lines like, "Want to know what you're playing for?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Lee TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Author, Laurel Osterkamp wrote an excellent novel about complicated families, romance and behind the scenes look at reality TV shows, such as: "Survivor" or "The Bachelorette Show"...I fell in love with this novel and the entire Bricker family..You will be in a sea of rolling emotions throughout..The plot is compelling, sad, humorous and very thought provoking at times..Once I started the novel I couldn't put it down until the surprise ending...There are two stories going on at once the filming of "Holdout" the challenging game show for 1 million dollars in 2011 and the present 2012 post the game show that is set to air..All the characters are quirky and relatable..There is an air of mystery because once the game show is completed the tribe is sworn to secrecy..So, for a year until the show unfolds you follow contestant Robin Bricker's life as she tries to become incognito due to the fact of some embarrassing mistake on the island.. The rest of her life is a complicated mess and she is unsure of the future..

In 2012, Robin Bricker finds herself back in the U.S. with no job but she is picked for a trial as a juror..At the same time though she feels her life is an open book and she is being judged not only by her family but all of America..She went on the show to prove that she is somebody to her family and herself but instead forgot the rules and fell in love..Only to be duped in the end and feel like a fool..Will Robin find her place in the world and be able to fall in love again....

The main point of the whole story is about love, trust, loneliness, friendship and never settling for less..Always "Holdout" for the best....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The holdout really surprised me. I went into it expecting to like it, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. It had a really great amount of depth, while still being just as addictive as the reality tv it was about. Robin is a contestant on a show called the Holdout, which is basically exactly like the tv show Survivor. But the cool thing about the story is that it takes places after the show has wrapped filming and Robin is back in the real world watching the show as it airs week to week. In the meantime, in her real life she is serving as a juror in a trial. The holdout goes back and forth between present day, when the episodes of the holdout are airing, and flashbacks to when she she was in the Philippines competing.

I saw the holdout as a book about personal growth and discovery for Robin. I really felt for her that people started out seeing her as stuck up and kind of snobby on the show, because she comes off as so genuine and nice to me in her real life. But as the story went on, and we got to know her more and more of the episodes aired, I felt like we got more insight into her life and who she is as a person. I also really enjoyed that we got to know the dynamics of her whole extended family.

I couldn't stand Grant! I felt so bad for Robin as I watched her get used. He just pissed me off so much. But even though I hated Grant, I liked the part that he played in the story. He was so integral to Robin finding herself, and getting over her embarrassment of getting played. One of the great things that Laurel Osterkamp does with the Holdout, is how she really captures the nature of reality tv on our society, especially with social media.
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