Thursday, March 31, 2011

Stay by Deb Caletti

Young Adult: 352 Pages
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: none
Source: Finished copy from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the author: Website|Facebook

My Rating

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....

"Will-It's supposed to be a good trait, a more determined and persistent version of determination and persistence. But Will and obsession-they sit right next to each other. They pretend to be strangers and all the while meet secretly at midnight" Clara Oates

This is my first Deb Caletti book. I don't know why it took me so long to read one because I have heard so many great things about her. I was worried that my expectations were going to be too high. I was unsure if she was going to live up to the hype that I have heard so much about...I was NOT disappointed! In fact my expectations were far exceeded.

Deb Caletti penned a gripping, honest YA novel about what happens when a relationship goes bad. When those warning signs and red flags are missed...or ignored. She never sugar-coated one moment. The story is fictional, but it is so real. Deb Caletti exposes the raw truth in Stay. First off, we are introduced to Clara, who is speaking directly to us, sharing her terrifying story with us. I liked Clara immediately, and throughout the book, I grew to care for her. She is a character that a lot of girls could relate to and is a very down to earth character. I had to remind myself numerous times that I was reading a fictional book, not a memoir.

Then we are introduced to Christian, who at first, seems perfectly normal. But then his true colours begin to reveal themselves. I loved how the book was written that whenever Clara discovered something for the first time, we did as well. She took us there with her and shared the entire moment.

The setting that the author created was perfect. I could see the sunny beach, and almost smell the sea. But I knew any moment that those gray clouds may come rolling in. She built and delivered the suspense flawlessly. I absolutely loved Stay. I think that it is a book all teenage girls should read, not to scare them from being in relationships but to assure them to listen to their intuition and follow their heart.

Final thought: Deb Caletti delivered a fantastic read. Stay is about Self-growth and discovery. It is about facing the ghosts of your past, and the ones to come in the future.

What I liked: Loved the beautiful, simple cover.
What I disliked: The scary truths that lay in this book. But thankful she is shedding light on it in a young adult novel.
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  1. I'd really like to read this one. It sounds like a deep emotional read. At times that is exactly what we need.

    In addition light is shed on a heavy topic that people like to ignore.

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  2. I really liked this book, I think it's an important book for women, especially young women, to read. I'm going to have to check out other books by Caletti since I enjoyed Stay so much. It's a subject that needs to be explored more in the YA market.

  3. I have never read Deb Caletti, but after your review I think that I am going to have to! This sounds like a really intense read!

  4. I keep hearing amazing things about this book. I'm glad you liked it and can't wait to read it myself.

  5. This sounds like a great book. I know the cover looks lovely.

  6. I read a couple of Deb Caletti's books a while ago and I wasn't all that impressed by them for some reason. I think I was more into frivolous books at the time, lighter reads. I absolutely ADORED this one and you're right, I think it tells a great message. I'm going to have to go back and re-read those books I own and catch up on her other stuff as well.

  7. Fantastic review. I definitely want to read this but I have been worried about the main issue the book reveals. I'm glad you mentioned your dislike, but prefaced it with the need to shed light on the subject.

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