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Hold Still by Nina LaCour

"Hold Still" is a young adult novel written by author Nina LaCour. It was first published in 2009 and won the Michael L. Printz Honor and the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children's/Young Adult literature.

The story follows a high school student named Caitlin, who is struggling to cope with the suicide of her best friend, Ingrid. Caitlin finds solace in writing Ingrid letters that she never sends. As she writes, Caitlin begins to understand the reasons for Ingrid's suicide and comes to terms with the loss of her friend. Along the way, Caitlin also discovers her own sexuality, and the story explores the challenges of coming out and the importance of self-acceptance.

The book is praised for its raw and honest portrayal of grief and mental health, as well as its nuanced exploration of sexuality and identity. LaCour's writing has been described as evocative and powerful, and the novel has been praised for its ability to capture the emotional complexities of adolescence.

It is a powerful and moving story that deals with themes of grief, sexuality, and self-acceptance. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the experiences of LGBTQ youth and the challenges they face. The novel is widely used as a resource in high schools and libraries to help young people understand and cope with grief, mental health and identity issues.

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