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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Not even necessarily as a central theme, but it would be great if it was touched on in some of these books colaasanti are nothing more than romance.
Keep Holding On
She’s a horrible parent figure, but unlike some other books I’ve read it didn’t feel exaggerated for the sake of the story. Not only because she actually got attacked but because she susaen thought the guns were real. This book broke my heart,not only because of the sympathy I felt for Noelle Wexler ,the main character here,but because I got frustrated by the fact that this is supposed to be about surviving the bullying at school,and in addition,being bullied at home.
But I think it still can appeal to adults, it appealed to me. I am still waiting for the story about a girl like Ali.
Emotionally satisfying from beginning to end. 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. I couldn’t help it but feel that some of this could be an extreme version – but then it makes me feel guilty ausane it’s “extreme” to me because I was so, so fortunate to never go through this.
It may be hard to understand, but when you can avoid making your life even worse, you do so. Maybe you’ll even see a fish on your way there.
It wasn’t an enjoyable read but I don’t hate it enough either. Likewise, she is AFRAID to take advantage of the school’s free lunch option because it indicates her poverty level and she would have to walk all the way across the lunchroom, which would call attention to herself and escalate the students’ harassment. I really don’t care what others think of me. If you’re soooo poor, prioritize!
Why do I always dislike keel covers for this author’s books? I think there were too many contradictions present for the picture Colasanti was trying to portray to come across. I get that low self esteem and depression are frustrating issues. Shouldn’t your priority be keeping your stomach satisfied to survive?
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 kepe to find out.
Noelle is one of those lonely, abused, neglected teenagers you read about in newspaper reports. Bullies enjoy bullying her.
Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
Acting like the things that matter the most don’t matter at all. 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. She pushes away a guy who genuinely cares for her because she thinks she’s isn’t good enough for him. When Noelle goes home, she must face her neglectful mother, who constantly reminds her that she is the reason behind their poverty.
There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I’m out at dinner, eating hot pot with my parents, waiting for the food to arrive and reading this and BAM it’s like everything I try to forget just drowns me again.
This is for teens as much as it is for parents and teachers, etc. In a way, that was hypocritical on her part. I mean, she gives lesson using Gumby and Pokey dolls! They are so life-like.
I was picked on and laughed at for being little. When I was of age, I got a job, and you know what I did with the money? Keep Holding On will guide you through the storms and find the rainbow.
However, at school she qualified for free lunch, but she refused to subject herself to such an “embarrassing” scenario. Even her best friend doesn’t know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. The environment around her and the treatment she receives make her believe that she’s no good for anyone.
I did, however, work at a grocery store for over 4 years and during that job dealt with foodstamps many many times – from my experience on that end, foodstamps can get you A LOT of food, okay? By exploring these elements, Colasanti proves her facility with not only a powerful story, but also the poetic techniques that elevate a novel to an important work of art.
Even if she wouldn’t, this makes it hard to sympathize with her character; hard to truly feel bad for her. Showing of 78 reviews.
Why I will always pick up one of her books and know that inside there will be a great story. I love how she’s a self-proclaimed geek ussane totally owns that. She knows how to interweave multiple plot threads and bring everything together in a fantastic ending that had me finally warming up to the protagonist.
Apr 30, Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: They were so real I could barely stand it. I just didn’t like it at all.