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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Tenacious and refreshingly candid." (Publisher's Weekly [starred])

"A generous guide through the bumpy terrain of parenting." (Kirkus

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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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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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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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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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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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not content I thought

I say there are a few bits of lovely bits of wisdom and I recognize that the author has experienced many struggles through out life and has worked very hard. unfortunately all I hear is me, I, me , I. Additionally I thought this would be about single motherhood vs. whatever the struggles of being famous and having a family.

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Must-read for moms!

I laughed. I cried. I learned an whole new way to see things. Truly one of my favorite books I've ever read.

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Great Insights

Love the story, and she is the perfect person to read it as well. Lot of great thoughts for not just parents, but folks from all walks of life.

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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-20

Exactly what I needed

Loved it, love her!
This book was exactly what I needed.
Lovely to hear it read by her too.

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  • Sam Peacock
  • 05-02-22

Truly amazing!

This is a book for every parent! We struggle so many times, often without anyone to share with, without anyone to help us feel better and tell us that we are doing a good job.
This is the book to listen to whenever you feel like you are not good enough parent, or just to know that you are not alone.

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  • Iva
  • 04-05-22

World needs more leaders like this!

Bravo Kristina! Hvala ti! I appreciate your honesty, courage & openness. In world we live today, where people seems to compete on Social Media who has the more "perfect" life, it's so refreshing to hear real-life story, with ups & downs, showing life as it is. Our true colours are the most beautiful, and as HUMANS, to have full life experience we must go true variety of emotions. Without good & bad life would be neutral, we wouldn't be able to have any experience. Our emotions might be painted different colours at each stage of our life, but we must keep in mind that our lives are ultimately like rainbows, beautiful mixture 🌈 !! Thanks for demonstrating & reminding us that even on cloudy days, we should not forget that sun still exists! Sending you lots of love & kisses. It takes greatest courage to be vulnerable, especially publicly, but that's when you inspire the most, thanks for doing that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-22

Kristina, you are fantastic!!!!

I would love to share your story withhe Spanish speaking community.
It's amazing how much a different perspective can change your world

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  • gbastian
  • 01-17-22

Just brilliant

Humorous, honest, inspirational… a must listen for all parents I think. I enjoyed every minute, laughed and cried, felt validated, heard and seen.

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  • Adamia Barnes
  • 11-01-21

Kristina is amazing

I loved every bit of this book Kristina is so real and honest
I could relate and take tips for the future

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  • Dale & Katie
  • 09-19-21

Laugh and Cry All At Once

Brilliant book made all the better as it is rwsd by Kristina herself. As a divorced single mum who found love again and is dealing with a tweenager this book spoke to me in so many ways. Would recommend to any mum who struggled with the ups and downs of motherhood ❤️

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  • Greta
  • 06-12-21

Beautiful

Beautiful, real life story written and read by a beautiful woman. I gobbled it up in 2 days and wish nothing but the best for her and her family.

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  • jenny123
  • 03-23-21

Love Kristina!

I really enjoyed her honesty, humour and humility.
Really Enjoyable book and thank you Kristina for sharing your heartfelt story ❤️🤗
When I face an issue, I say but..😊

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  • selzdimple
  • 12-04-20

smashed it?!

very inspirational and definitely full of love and laughter.. *thumbs up* would highly recommend this

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  • Iryna
  • 10-22-20

My favourite book!

I absolutely love this amazing book!!!
So many women need to hear this great story!

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  • Isabella
  • 03-25-22

Loved loved loved!

I loved how I could so relate to the writer on so many levels. The parenting tips definitely helps too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-22

Entertaining

Amazingly honest, vulnerable and humourous!
Thank you for putting parenting and divorce into perspective 🙂

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  • Meagan Wakerley
  • 02-17-22

A story all new Mom's need to hear.

Kristina is real, honest, and open about how hard, and beautiful parenting really is. I wish this book was around when I was starting my family.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-22

best book ever

I loved this book. Its truth, it's rawness, it's humor and I could so identify with a lot of it. ihopeshe writes another book

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  • Sarah McPherson
  • 01-04-22

Absolutely in love with Kristina!!

I’ll start by saying hi I’m gonna re-read (listen) to this audible book!! Christina is inspiring, hilarious and quick witted!! A great role model, and an outstanding offer! So many real life examples of struggles, motherhood, and Tryon! Well done Kristina! I loved listening to your audible book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-21

loved it!!

I cried, laughed, rolled my eyes and felt like she was reading me my life story in alot of what was read. absolutely loved it!!
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  • AJ
  • 06-05-21

Loved every word

I couldn't stop listening. I love Kristina's raw honesty. I could easily listen to this audio book again and again and again. It's a book that you buy every one of your girlfriends for Christmas

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  • Kaili
  • 05-26-21

Excellent

I loved it. She's amazing, inspiring and real. Thank you for writing and reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-21

What every mother, expecting mother and hope-to-be mother needs to read.

I’ve never listened to an audio book before, but this was the perfect one to begin with. There’s something warm, funny, heartfelt, raw and genuine about Kristina Kuzmic’s words in her own voice. It sounds completely unscripted. I laughed and heard great advice for my future (which will hopefully include parenting, wish me luck), I found genuine similarities as every women will when it comes to assaults and struggles and I cried with familiarities. Kristina included a chapter about her late Baka (grandmother in Croatian) and it was nothing short of captivating to me as it mirrored my memories of my own Croatian baka whom I lost only months ago to Covid-19. It helped me remember fond memories and deal with the grief I’d unknowingly been harboring since her passing, lovingly and therapeutically.
Thank you sincerely Kristina for the amazing story you’ve shared and for being so unapologetically yourself in the process, forever entertaining and honest.
When’s book 2?