Monday, May 23, 2016

Hold Still

Welcome back!  Did you know that on May 23 . . . in 1995 the first version of Java programming language is released (I had a good time learning programming language during this decade).  Adam Lambert became the first openly gay artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts in 2012!  In 1829 the accordion patent was granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna, Austria (who wishes he had not invented the accordion).

Hold Still by Lynn Steger Strong is a difficult novel to enjoy.  Maya Taylor is at her wit’s end with her daughter, Ellie (who is twenty).  Ellie’s life is out of control with bad choices.  Maya sends her daughter to Florida to be a nanny to a friend.  Unfortunately, it turns out to be a bad decision.  An incident fractures apart both families and sends Ellie spiraling further out of control.  Can Maya save her daughter? 

Hold Still is told from Maya and Ellie’s point-of-views (goes back and forth).  In addition, it jumps around to different times (back and forth) to tell the story.  These two things lead to a very confusing book (and it did not need to be) that I had a hard time finishing.  The majority of the book leads up to the “incident” and then what happened afterward.  The incident is easy to figure out (Florida, sun, sand, ocean), but the writer leaves the reader in the dark.  I found that I did not like the characters at all which then leads to not caring what happens to them (thus unenjoyable read).  The ending was odd (I actually wrote down weird).  This is a story that is just told.  It is lacking in emotions and depth (I just did not feel it).   I give Hold Still 1 out of 5 stars. 

You can follow Lynn Steger Strong on Amazon.  I received a complimentary copy of Hold Still from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

I am off to watch my shows and relax.  I have to take my mother to a doctor's appointment tomorrow (another one).  At least I know she will not try and cancel this one (it took a year and a half to get in to see him). Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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