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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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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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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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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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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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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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Inspirational

I am a woman with 2 children and have considered divorce. Although I am no there yet, I love that this book showed it can be a struggle, but can also lead you to where you need to be.

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A 2x listen!

As Kristina spoke her last words, I just felt like I wanted to hear her keep talking! She reminds me so much of my personality, but where I want to be in my life! I so appreciate her wrong, honest, humble account of where she’s been and where she is, I feel like this chick is going to end up as my role model! I cried and laughed off and on through the entire thing, finding myself totally captured by her stories and identifying with the familiarity of them. You keep rocking on mama! <3 And now I’m starting it over again from the beginning… ;-D

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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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  • 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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  • Katalin BH
  • 11-18-20

Loved it!

loved it a lot! as a fellow Hungarian living near the Croatian border...and since I was also born in 1979...it resonated a lot with me! thank you!

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  • Polina Dimitrova
  • 10-17-20

Wonderful book

I love this book, it’s full with so much wisdom! I love the support Kristina gives to all the struggling parents out there! Highly recommended!

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  • sue page
  • 10-14-20

Brilliant!

This book made me laugh and cry and brought me great comfort and joy, as the author intended I think. I would recommend to any parent and Will be giving to several friends.

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  • Andrei
  • 09-21-20

I love it:)

I think i ll re-listen to it. Over and over again, whenever the situation calls for it:)

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  • KRISTINA B.
  • 08-09-20

Wonferful

I'm not much of a book person but I can whole heartedly say Ive loved every bit of this honest, warm, funny, relatable book. It's helped me in so many ways and lifted my mood. Listening to Kristina narrate it has been the icing on top.
I highly recommend

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  • Iveta
  • 07-27-20

Love it!

I absolutely love this book. Kristina is very open about her life, her struggles and everything in between. I can relate to her on so many levels it's unbelievable! Thank you Kristina!

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  • Rebecca Sellers
  • 07-27-20

Uplifting

I love Kristina's videos on Facebook and her book did not disappoint me. I've laughed and even cried.

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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?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-21

So relevant

Thank you for touching on the good, bad, fun, ugly parts of parenting. I really enjoyed this book. I laughed, I cried and now I'm sad because it's over

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  • Ben Jones
  • 02-05-21

Fabulous!

Kristina, I don't even know how to begin to write my review. This book has come at just the right time in my personal journey as a mum. Many of the struggles you mentioned have been part of my experience too. I love how kindness and love is intricately woven into your parenting; it's very important in our family too.

I highly recommend this book for all parents. You'll laugh out loud, cry and nod in agreement more times than you can count. I could barely put it down!

Thank you!!

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  • Liz Goodall
  • 11-16-20

All Parents should read this

So much insight into the almost impossible task of parenting.
I wish this book was around when I was going through these issues.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-20

Brilliant nothing short of brilliant!!!

Amazing story that had me fully absorbed from start to finish!! Beautiful and captivating narration. Would definitely recommend

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  • M. HODGSON
  • 06-12-20

Highly recommend to ANY parent!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Didn’t know much about the author however this is honest, raw in spots, really funny and also kind. No lecturing, no ‘I know best’ just really stories and real advice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-20

Joy and kindness

My heart feels full with hope and kindness after listening to this book. I'm so sad that it is over, I want more, I need more. Yes, parenting is hard, life is hard but having a positive (realistic) attitude can make it so much more fun. No failures here, just more learning opportunities! I'm going to start gifting this book to all my fellow mamas😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-20

Loved it

very moving had me crying laughting and very thing inbetween I highly recomed this book to any mum no matter your situation this is a book from a mum to all mum's

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-20

Loved it and finished it in a day.

I loved it and finished it in a day while cleaning. would pass on to friends if I could.