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Delivering inspiration and "parenting comedy at its finest" (The Huffington Post), here is one woman's story of ditching her fairy-tale dreams and falling in love with her unpredictable, chaotic, imperfect life.

Kristina Kuzmic has made herself a household name, speaking directly to mothers from the trenches of parenthood via her viral videos and social media presence. She is now bringing her message of self-acceptance, resilience, and joy to audiobook listeners. With a refreshingly unpretentious, funny, and galvanizing voice, Kuzmic goes behind the scenes to reveal how she went from broke and defeated to unshakably grounded and brimming with thankfulness.

Illuminating the hard-won wisdom from a life always spent one step behind - whether it was as a high school student new to America, a suddenly single mother to two kids, remarried and juggling two teens and a toddler, or the unexpected recipient of Oprah's attention and investment - Hold On, But Don't Hold Still is the audiobook every mother needs to reassure her that she's not only fine just as she is, but that she already has more tools and support than she can possibly imagine. Sparkling with wit, this heartfelt memoir is like a long coffee date with a best friend, or the 11th-hour text message that gives you just the boost you need to get through the night. 

A Viking Life title

©2020 Kristina Kuzmic (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • 2020-02-14

Everything I had hoped for

This book was the perfect combination of laughter and tears. It was like spending time talking about the deep stuff with a friend. I am thankful I bought it on Audible because Kristina is so real when she reads it. I would occasionally smile and finish her sentences. At one point I feel like she was crying. Overall, this book is everything a fan of Kristina could hope for.

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Honest. Funny. Vulnerable. Beautiful

I loved this book I feel like it was one of the first, real, honest books on parenting. It doesn’t sugar coat things, and it talks about the challenges and hard stuff as well as the beautiful parts of being a parent. I liked the author’s sense of humour and she’s one of the best narrators I’ve ever heard.

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life changer

I'm in love with the entire message of this book. I've already passed it on to my girlfriend who I couldn't stop thinking of while reading it. I highlighted my favorite parts and there's pizza stains on some pages 😂

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Everyone and anyone would benefit from reading this!

I’m expecting my first child any day now and I feel like this book has prepared me just as well as any of the prenatal courses I took, but for the emotional and material rather than physical and biological realities of parenthood. I also feel like anyone would benefit from this book who is facing a challenge or rough spot in their life. You can’t find this level of genuine candour and wisdom just anywhere.

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Great book

Some of the book really hit home and made me realize there is no such thing as being perfect. Feeling like a failure is normal but keep showing up😊 the Author did a great job telling it with a little humour to keep you interested. Will recommend for sure just like it was referred to me.

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Simply the BEST

I LOVED this book :) it changed me , this changed me as a person as a wife and as a mom ! I recommend this to Everyone!

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was ok but not what I expected

if your looking for a self book guide to being more positive this is for you. Not really what I was looking for.

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good parts with a lot of meh

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Honest, inspiring, and hilarious.

This book is absolutely wonderful for ANYONE, parent or not. I'm not a parent, but I still lived this book and took so much away from it. Honest, raw, inspiring, and hilarious. I laughed (MANY times) and cried while listening to this book. Audio is definitely the way to go if you can, as the book is only elevated by hearing from her own voice. Highly, highly recommend!!

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Best parenting book ever!

I’ve never written a review for anything before. This book is not only practical and fantastic, but Kristina is a FANTASTIC narrator!! Laughing out loud many times. COMPLETELY relatable!! I loved it so much I just went and bought the hard copy to have on hand to refer to. Thank you Kristina!! You have a gift!!

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  • Kclynn
  • 2020-05-04

Girl, This is It

For any readers like myself that listened to Rachel Holli's 'Girl, Wash Your Face' in hopes of finding that encouraging, invigorating "kick-in-the-butt" pep talk you've been looking for, but were instead subjected to completely superficial and totally unrelatable ramblings by the author -- THIS IS THE BOOK YOU WERE LOOKING FOR. While I could not relate at all to Hollis's nerves about meeting with her nutritionist for the first time, or starting an internship while having zero worries about financial obligations, I felt such immense sisterhood listening to Kuzmic talk about her struggles as a single mom just trying to get by. Listening to her read about her time waitressing while also trying to be there for her kids, and also not lose sight of herself, was something I think so many of us can relate to. She doesn't sugar coat her struggles and pretend that all she needed was a Pinterest-worthy catch-phrase to get her through. She had breakdowns and days where she just couldn't do it, but that didn't stop her from trying again the next day. I am so impressed by her humility, humor (which by the way, she's freakin' hilarious) and how she looks at the world and the perspective she has on her own life and the obstacles she has overcome. This was exactly what I needed to remind myself that life doesn't have to be one nightmare after another, that there can still be terrible days but that doesn't mean it won't end up okay. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that needs a truly encouraging, up-lifting, feels-like-a-mam-bear-hug kind of read. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Julie
  • 2020-02-15

Truth that is so needed ❤️

I love this book! I actually rewound in several parts just to let the words I needed to hear just sink in. I have a hard time letting go of my mistakes and I love how she talked about how we are HUMAN and can’t do everything perfectly and need to let go of the guilt of just being human! She speaks right from a heart of genuine love and desire to help others going through hards times like she herself did. ❤️ absolutely recommend this book!

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  • Katherine Mudge
  • 2020-04-26

To all parents everywhere, read this. Please.

Nothing but love for this book, it's author, and her family. I needed this book and if your reading this comment you probably do too.

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  • Natalie Halliday
  • 2020-02-13

Amazing!

All I can say is this book is AMAZING! Didn't want to put the book down. Kristina KUZMIC is an awesome author and just a great overall human being!

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  • Jateme Nicholls
  • 2020-12-03

Love that she read it herself

I wish she could read all books. kept me captivated, and enthralled. I'll listen to it again for sure.

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  • KBQuilter
  • 2020-12-01

I will listen to this book again and again

Exactly what I have been needing to hear. Her stories and advice are so relatable and heartfelt. Loved every chapter!

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  • 3 ACEs
  • 2020-03-10

Keeping it real away from the highlight reel

Honest talk about the highs and lows of one persons life that honestly I think any parent can relate to. We all haves successes and fails, nice to know we’re not alone in the trenches. This book is a s good as a good glass of wine paired with a box of your favorite chocolate....

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  • MrsWaldron
  • 2020-02-13

a must for moms

This book is full of great life "lessons" and wisdom wrapped into stories of happiness, sadness, struggles, and overcoming.

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  • Melissa Whitten
  • 2021-01-06

Wake up joy with tears

Wow where do I even begin! This book has touched my heart in more than one way! At times my heart was breaking because I could relate at other times it was breaking for the pain I could hear. Very personal stories that are human, it helps hearing someone else’s humility in life we are not alone. Read this, listen to this, just do it!

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  • 2021-01-03

Wonderful!

Beautifully written and performed. I love her wit humor and raw emotion. She speaks to my soul! Worth a read and a re-read!

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  • 2020-03-05

Drôle, émouvant, indispensable

Un livre plein. De bienveillance et d’humour que je recommande les yeux fermés. Pour plus de douceur envers soi même et envers les autres