Author: Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
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.