Jun 292011

StayTitle: Stay
Author: Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Pages: 313

From Goodreads:
Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it’s almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is—and what he’s willing to do to make her stay.

Now Clara has left the city—and Christian—behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won’t let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough….

Holy emotional roller coaster! I knew that there was going to be drama and suspense based on the synopsis, but I didn’t imagine this much. Stay was my first Deb Caletti book, and it certainly will not be my last.
The first thing I noticed about Stay was how easily the words just flowed. Deb Caletti is truly a master of beautiful writing and evoking emotions and senses when you least expect it. The pain that both Clara and Christian feel just jumps from the pages and makes you simply ache. Add to that the back-and-forth between past and present, and let the emotions fly!
And the story… what a scary, horrible, not-so-fun thing to go through as a teenage girl. I really enjoyed the secondary characters that the author introduced throughout the story that all played their part in helping Clara heal. And finally, a YA novel with – wait for it – a father who is actually present in their child’s life! Imagine that! I have to admit, that was one of the most refreshing aspects of the book, and major kudos to the author.
I have seen some reviews where people were upset about the ending. I won’t say why for fear of spoilers, but I absolutely loved the ending for many reasons. I will only say this – I appreciate Deb Caletti’s ability to portray the real world as what it is – real.

  10 Responses to “Review: Stay by Deb Caletti”

  1. I thought the way the real world/toxic relationships are portrayed in this book was excellently done. Not over the top but with enough weight it was still reality.

  2. I love this book. For some reason, I think I’m the only one that thinks the abuse that goes on in this is a little watered down. I don’t know why I was expecting more, especially from a YA book, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

  3. Ohh, nice. I’m glad you told me to pick this one up at the Teen Book Con! (But now I’m really worried about the ending!)

  4. I love Deb Caletti! Her writing makes me happy. There’s two pages of The Six Rules of Maybe that make me nearly giddy they’re so amazing. And Wild Roses! Oh, what a wonderful book.
    I want Stay so badly! It looks amazing. o.o
    Great review!

  5. What, parents in YA? What kind of book is this? :)
    I’ll definitely have to check this one out.

  6. Great review! I’ll recommend this book to some of my friends who have been asking me for a good romantic book

  7. I had many of the same thoughts about this book! I have never read anything by Caletti before and I thought her writing style was absolutely beautiful. I also LOVED the dad! So great.

  8. YES the writing was amazing. This book was really difficult to read, but can I just say that (like you) I was ecstatic to read about her dad being so fantastically awesome? Great review <3

  9. I really need to read this one! This is one of those books that makes me feel like a failure as a blogger because I haven’t read it:( Must fix that so I can be a blogger success! I’m looking forward to the ending of this one too, I like when reviewers are divided as to whether or not they liked how everything wrapped up:)

  10. Great review! I have this book on my shelf and I keep hearing all these awesome things about it! I definitely need to pick it up soon! :)

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