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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A romantic and empowering book about bullying Noelle’s ln is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn’t know how much cokasanti 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 t A romantic and empowering book about bullying Noelle’s life is all about survival. 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. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Keep Holding Onplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 02, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it Shelves: It probably sounds too much but for someone like Noelle, neglected by her own mom and bullied by half of the popular kids in school, high school life is indeed a test of faith and patience.

For her to keep holding on despite everything takes much courage, hope and strength of will. With the bonus cute romance holdinf a super dorky but thoughtful teacher, Ms. Scofield my favorite character in the bookand other characters to adore like Simon, Sherae I may have misspelled her name and Julian, the entire reading experience was still very worthwhile.

And I have to let them help. View all 26 comments. Apr 11, Giselle rated it it was amazing Shelves: School was the most difficult time in my life. I didn’t have it as bad as Noelle. I have a great family who gave me everything I needed, but my school life was terrible. I was picked on and laughed at for being little.

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I had a hard time approaching people to make friends. I was even bullied by a teacher who made it a point to humiliate me. I was too young to realize this back then, but I will never forgive her. This all made me lash out and act in ways that made myself unapproachable. Being from School was the most difficult time in my life. Being from a very small town like Noelle, this story hit incredibly close to home. It may not be a perfect book, but it still deserves every single star I can give for the simple fact that this sends a strong message that could help people live through what may be the hardest years of their lives.


Noelle had my sympathy from the very first page. She’s an immensely strong willed person to have kept herself together the way she did. She is intelligent and caring. She has a huge heart that has been trampled on, but she never gives up. I admire her will and I think a lot of people could learn from her. Her emotions are vivid. She made my heart break and gave my goosebumps by seeing her finally stand up for herself.

Yes she makes some stupid decisions, yes it’s obvious to us how Matt is using her, yes her reaction to others being kdep is ironic. It may be hard to understand, but when you can avoid making your life even worse, you do so.

We have to realize that this girl is stifled holdlng a life of depression and shame, her irrational decisions are due to an unconscious defense mechanism. We’d like to think someone who gets bullied would help others in colasajti same boat, but I call that wishful thinking. The side characters, though some more than others, have a big a role in the story as well. From her best friend to the bullies, these were plucked out from real life with real problems of their own.

I also found her mother very convincing.

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. It felt like a realistic situation where the parent is just as lost as the child. It’s sad, but more often than we realize there are kids who raise themselves, do their own laundry, don’t get enough to eat, etc. Being a very short book it packs quite the punch; the story is packed full of emotional highs and lows. Like I said it’s not perfect, some things could been fleshed out – like her friendship with Sherae, her relationship with Julian, and the ending which I felt was a bit implausible or too good to be true.

In real life things don’t usually turn around so quickly. Nonetheless, the story is touching. It could definitely help give some kids hope and I think this is what matters in the end. Yes it’s true, things get better. What happens in school doesn’t matter when you’re older. If only this was easy to believe when you’re a teenager. I commend Susane for taking her experience and writing such an encouraging story.

It takes courage, I know just by writing this that it IS embarrassing to admit you were bullied, but you know what? Don’t ever be ashamed! This is what defines who we become, and I would not change a thing about my life today! View all 28 comments. Jun 20, 46milestogo rated it did not like it. This may be the most rage-inducing book I’ve ever read.

I’ve only said this once before, but if I could give this book no stars, I would. Keep Holding On is about Noelle, a girl who is bullied at school for being poor. It’s clear that Ms. Colasanti has experienced bullying and I’m sorry that she has. It’s also equally clear that she has no idea what it’s like to be truly poor, and as someone who grew up poor, and who works as a librarian in a town where there are teens in the same situation This may be the most rage-inducing book I’ve ever read.


It’s also equally clear that she has no idea what it’s like to be truly poor, and as someone who grew up poor, and who works as a librarian in a town where there are teens in the same situation Noelle is, food-wise, this is where I am so insulted by this book that I’m not going to talk it up to anyone other than die-hard Colasanti fans. Colsanti get the reality of being poor and hungry wrong?

For starters, Noelle complains constantly about being hungry–but she’s getting food. She gets “mushy” spaghetti and non-homemade garlic bread. She complains about eating carrots because they aren’t fresh. And, as someone who has a limited wardrobe, she actually thinks that it’s stupid that a teacher doesn’t seem to own more than one pair of pants.

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Noelle makes money babysitting and instead of buying food because she’s always hungry which is repeated almost constantly and gets made fun of for her school lunches, does she buy food the way someone who is a hungry teenager would?

On page 79, she has fifteen bucks and buys a shirt. On page 90, Noelle is humiliated the first time her mother uses food stamps because the cashier doesn’t know how to deal with them.

She supposedly lives in a wealthy area but even upscale grocery stores like Whole Foods train their cashiers on how to take food stamps. It’s not uncommon to get them, especially since the economy is so awful these days. On pageNoelle, who is very hungry, gets food from McDonald’s. Her reaction to the food to her stereotypical awful mother: When you’re really and truly hungry, you eat what you can get.

On pagethere’s the complaint about the carrots and why is Noelle so upset? Because they are canned. Again, we must be on Planet Never. On page Noelle complains that she’s only able to take showers at night.

This is a hardship how? Try not being able to do anything but use a friend’s. One page Noelle says “I can’t eat. Not that a boiled hot dog and lump of revolting potato salad is even remotely appealing. How did her editor not realize that a truly hungry person would never react like this?

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And did no one think to calculate or even estimate how much Noelle’s mom would get in food stamps each month? Because it wouldn’t be a lot, it would be enough to buy food for the two of them. Not good for you food.

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