Title: Holding Back
Genre: Teen fiction
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This story is mainly about two teenagers Jace and Haley who are in high school. Haley is an introvert who lives a pretty boring life. Her best friend moved away and now she is always alone. She hasn’t mastered the socialization process and really doesn’t think it’s worth the bother if everyone is going to leave.
In private Hailey’s life is falling apart even as she wears a wall as her public mask. Jace on the other hand is Mr. Popular, making friends left and right.
It’s strange to know that those two are neighbors. Haley considers Jace a playboy and resents him for it.
I’ve learnt that Haley may be quiet and antisocial but inside she really just wants to belong.
Isaac likes Hailey however while he appears to fit in better he is unsure of himself.
Jace is actually very kind he may appear to be a player but he’s just waiting for that one girl.
The plot mainly outlines the struggles of teenagers. Each one is different but share many of the same issues.
It also addresses the idea that there is always something more going on than what we see on the surface.
What I like :
I like how the book is so detailed and the way it brings the complexities of teenage life to the forefront and openly addresses everyday issues.
I also like the author’s writing style.
What I Didn’t Like:
I can’t say I dislike anything about the story. It’s great.
There are a few grammatical errors in this book. I would recommend either the author makes another run through or hire an editor.
Stamp of approval:
As a teenager, I found the characters and their struggles quite relatable.
I would definitely buy this.
By: Tia Daniels