Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hang On / Nell Gavin

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Approximate word count: 90-95,000 words

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A native of Chicago and mother of two, Nell Gavin now lives with her husband in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has one other novel, The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn. For more, visit Gavin’s website.


Holly’s life has never been easy. Her Father is absent and her Mother commits suicide when Holly is still young, leaving her to be raised by an abusive grandmother. As an adult, Holly suffers from panic attacks, periodic rages, and depression, which convince her that she isn’t capable of maintaining a normal relationship. Then she meets Trevor and anything seems, if not likely, at least possible.

Hang On is a Red Adept Select book.


Hang On takes us inside the life of a character with mental health issues. The kind of problems Holly has aren’t uncommon; I’d venture a guess most people know someone who has problems with depression, panic attacks, or who has issues with self esteem or abandonment due to past experiences. While a fair amount of the story weaves in a thread involving romance that at times is chick-lit-like, the real story is in Holly’s internal struggles.

A feeling I’ve had for a long time is that one of the best things about a good book is that it puts you in someone else’s skin as a way to work through what life might be like for the character and, by extension, friends and family with some of the same characteristics. This was one of those books.


Some adult language and situations.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four stars


totallyskewed said...

I am reading this book now and enjoying it very much. Not only do I get to see what it's like to be in Holly's skin, but I'm also getting a behind-the-scenes look at what rock stars do between gigs and how groupies live. This is an engaging and well-written book.

BooksAndPals said...


That's true Diana. I'm sure many of the people who follow my reviews have figured out by now that I'm a sucker for a book that has a music tie in of some kind. :)

Jessica L. Buike said...

I posted a blurb about your review on my blog today! :)

Lynn O'Dell said...

Thanks for reviewing another Red Adept Select, Al. :-)

We now have a website dedicated to our Red Adept Select books: