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The Art of Holding On by Beth Ann Burgoon

The Art of Holding On Book Cover The Art of Holding On
Beth Ann Burgoon
Young Adult Romance
24th January 2020

Life happens, whether you’re ready or not. All you can do is hold on and go along for the ride.

That’s the motto Hadley Jones lives by, and for good reason. Most of the women in her family have repeated the same pattern. Single motherhood. Working two jobs just to scrape by. For Hadley, wanting more is not an option.

Which is why her friendship with Sam Constable was doomed before it even began. He was sweet, popular, and destined for great things outside their small town. But when he risked one kiss, and told her he loved her, Hadley refused to believe they could ever stand a chance. Hurt and angry, Sam moved to his father’s place in Los Angeles, leaving Hadley alone.

Now, a year has passed. Sam is back and more determined than ever to convince Hadley they’re meant to be. But Hadley can’t forget how Sam deserted her. And when Sam learns of the mistake she made while he was gone, she’ll have to decide whether to let him go again, or finally take a stand and fight for the future—and the boy—she wants with all her heart.

Tracey’s Review

I am lost for words. Literally, lost for words.

Having never read a book by Beth Ann Burgoon, I had no idea what to expect but something about the blurb caught my eye and I thought, why not. I am so glad I took a chance reading this book and reading the writing style of Beth, I was blown away.

This book is heartbreakingly beautiful! It’s one of those books that hooks its claws into your bones and once you finished reading, you find yourself having an emotional hang over. Its well written and the characters are flawed, they capture your heart.

While this is a YA book, it doesn’t shy away from the roller coaster called love, even at a young age. If often find these books somewhat boring but not The Art of Holding On, the ups and downs that our main characters experience are relatable to everyone, no matter the age.

I was thoroughly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and I never expected to have my heart hurt from the emotions that I experienced while reading this amazing novel. I will most definitely be checking out more of Beth Ann Burgoon work. This is a most read for anyone looking for YA.