keep holding on playlist

Presenting…the official Keep Holding On playlist!

1. “Keep Holding On” – Avril Lavigne
This song inspired the title of the book. So empowering and encouraging.

2. “Wait Til You See My Smile” – Alicia Keys
On the darkest days, there’s always hope that tomorrow will be brighter.

3. “Everything” – Lifehouse
These lyrics perfectly capture Noelle’s fantasy of the boy who would be her everything.

4. “Not Afraid” – Eminem
In Keep Holding On, Noelle reaches a point where she is done. She’s done with being tormented. She’s done standing by and watching others being bullied without trying to stop it. And she’s done being afraid to start creating a better life for herself. “Not Afraid” is about being done. It’s about finding the strength to pull yourself out of the darkness. It takes courage to speak up when you or someone you know is being mistreated. Taking a stand against injustice isn’t easy. But now is the time to be strong. Now is the time to reach out to others in need. When you are not afraid, you can change the world.

5. “Darkness” – The Police
The hope that I could live a better life one day is what kept me going during the worst time of my life in high school. On really bad days, I would try to find that glimmer of hope. Hope made everything feel wide open. Like all of the possibilities I imagined could actually be my reality if I never gave up. Darkness is not forever.

6. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
Noelle is waiting for her real life to begin after graduation. But she realizes that real life is happening right now. This is real life, every second of it. And we all have the power to make this life better for ourselves and others.

7. “Today Has Been Okay” – Emiliana Torrini
On the worst days when every minute feels like an hour and every hour feels like a year, it takes every bit of strength just to survive. But when you get through it, when you keep holding on and never let go, the next day comes. And it’s better than the day before. Noelle learns to be thankful for what she has instead of being depressed about everything she doesn’t. Which makes it easier to survive the worst days.

8. “Breathe (2 a.m.)” – Anna Nalick
This song is just so soothing. It makes me feel like everything is going to be okay. Like no matter what happens, everything will work out the way it should. All I have to do is keep breathing. That’s the feeling I want my readers to take away from this book.

9. “Let Me In” – R.E.M.
Julian is determined to make Noelle see how much he cares about her. This is his song.

10. “Promises Promises” – Naked Eyes
Matt makes promises to Noelle that he can’t keep. He doesn’t love her the way she loves him. But Noelle wants to believe he can change so badly that she ignores that feeling deep down telling her he’s not the one.

11. “Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap
A song that’s all about living in the Now, cherishing these moments, and finding happiness in the little things.

12. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
Noelle can’t believe that Julian Porter would actually like her. How can he even stand to look at her with all her flaws? Noelle’s insecurities make it hard for her to trust that Julian won’t hurt her. When you’re with the right person, they love you for everything you are.

13. “Wonderwall” – Ryan Adams
This song reminds me of when Noelle finally decides to take a chance on finding something real with Julian. I said maybe…you’re gonna be the one that saves me…

14. “Keep Holding On” – Glee
The Glee version of “Keep Holding On” gives me chills. Every time I hear it, I’m motivated to dream big and never give up. Just stay strong…


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