Keep Holding On is the book that’s been on my to-read list the longest, so it is about time I read it. It’s a YA, so totally in my preferred genre. Ready to read along?

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My thoughts on Keep Holding On

The negatives

For a book in my genre that has multiple themes that I like or find interesting – romance, insecurity, bullying – I didn’t really like it in this book.

Noelle is annoying.

I should not judge, because I don’t know what it’s like to be bullied or to be neglected by your mother. But for a book, the writer could’ve made the character a bit more interesting.

Also read: Book review of Once And For All by Sarah Dessen

The positives

The main character might not be my cup of tea, the rest of them are. The other characters like her best friend, Julian, Simon and one of the teachers are really what make the book. I don’t understand how Noelle isn’t really honest with them, because they are so sweet and caring.

And like I said, the themes are really interesting. Of course there is a little bit of romance in it. Friendship, insecurities and high school drama are also very high on my list of favorite themes in a book and this one has it all.

I like that the author also wrote about bullying. It happens more often than you think and a lot of people don’t do something about it. This book explains quite clearly that you should do something about it.

Final rating of Keep Holding On

Eventually, because the other characters saved it, I gave it 3 out of 5 stars ⭐

What themes do you most enjoy in a book?