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Stay: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Allie Larkin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Girl meets dog in this effervescent "feel-good debut" (People) by the author of Why Can't I Be You

Savannah "Van" Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke since their first day of college. Six years later, Peter is marrying Van's best friend, Janie. Loyal to a fault, Van dons her pumpkin-orange, maid-of- honor gown and stands up for the couple, struggling to hide her true feelings even when she couldn't be more conspicuous. After the wedding, nursing her broken heart with a Rin Tin Tin marathon plus a vodka chaser, Van accidentally orders a German Shepherd puppy over the Internet. When "Joe" turns out to be a hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak, Van is at the end of her rope-until she realizes that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better.

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From Publishers Weekly

Larkin debuts with a funny and touching story about love, loss, and dog ownership. Twenty-something Van Leone, fresh from serving as maid of honor at the wedding of her childhood best friend and the man Van's been in love with since college, impulsively buys a German shepherd puppy on the Internet while drowning her sorrows in vodka and a late-night Rin Tin Tin marathon. Van's surprised to discover, however, that the little ball of fuzz she's expecting is an enormous Slovakian police dog that she names Joe. The expected furniture-destroying and neighbor-terrifying antics ensue, but Joe quickly becomes Van's family, chief confidant, and romantic catalyst. The fresh start Van had envisioned turns out to be more complicated than she'd hoped—particularly after the newlyweds return from their honeymoon—but Joe nudges her ever forward. Though the support cast could be trimmed and the love interest lacks satisfying depth, Van's conflicts feel authentic, and her emotional frankness is refreshing. Cute story, nicely told. (June)
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"Stay has everything ... humor, heart-and, endearingly, buckets of dog slobber." — Miami Herald

"Gilmore Girls meets Marley & Me in this funny and compelling debut." — Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 738 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7NII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet and Furry Love Story!! May 1, 2010
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Being a dog lover, this book immediately caught my attention....although one doesn't need to be a dog lover to enjoy this book, an appreciation for the canine species would certainly help. That being said, here are my thoughts on this book:

I loved it!! Savannah Leone stands by as the maid of honor in her best friends wedding, while her best friend weds the man that Savannah has been secretely pining for for the past 7 years. While she desperately tries to be happy for both of them, this proves to be a difficult task and she drowns her sorrows in vodka and Kool-Aid. One night while watching a Rin Tin Tin marathon and being plastered out of her mind, she goes online and orders a German Shepherd puppy from Slovakia.

Enter said puppy.

The tiny little ball of fur that Savannah ("Van") is expecting turns out to be a hip-high, seemingly mutant version of some sort of wolf hybrid. "Enormous" doesn't quite adequately describe the size of this "puppy". Van is stunned, to say the least, and quickly learns that not only does this dog only understand commands in Slovakian (for wihich the sellers have considerately supplied a list of these commands for the new buyer), but the dog also has been trained to "search the building" and "find narcotics". Ha! Ha! Ha!

The first half of the book is filled with humor as Van tries to adjust to life with a dog (she's never owned a dog in her life) and I found myself frequently laughing out loud as Van rearranges her life to accomodate this overgrown ball of fur. Anybody who has ever owned a dog will surely understand how easy it is to lose all sense of reality when trying welcoming a fluffy, four-legged creature into one's life.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and funny May 9, 2010
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It would be very simple and convenient to classify Stay: A Novel into the chick-lit genre. It would also be quite easy to dismiss this book as just one more book about a twenty-something woman struggling to find "the one." It'd be easier still to classify this book as that book about the dog who helps a woman find true love.

The fact of the matter is that "Stay" is a book that embodies all three of those characteristics; it's a book that prominently features a dog on its cover and details the circumstances surrounding a woman's acquisition of a dog and her subsequent understanding of who she is as a person.

It would be simple to dismiss this book as being a lesser book because of the aforementioned characteristics. However, that would be a mistake. Allie Larkin manages to embrace those characteristics and, by incorporating them into her first novel, it's as if the author is saying that she knows that this book is meant to entertain. Larkin doesn't want you to dismiss her, yet, she doesn't want to be taken too seriously either.

The story of a woman who accidentally purchases a dog from Slovakia over the Internet and then falls in love with her puppy's veterinarian isn't going to win a Pulitzer Prize, but it's not meant to either. Larkin's debut novel is a quick read, with humor-filled passages. "Stay" belongs on your bookshelf with those rare chick-lit books that you treasure, right next to the other rom-com books that don't take themselves seriously but provide you with hours of pleasurable reading. "Stay" can hold its own on the shelf right next to Helen Fielding's "Bridget Jones" novels and it wouldn't be entirely out of place there.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book for dog lovers! May 8, 2010
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I think in all honesty, this book deserved a more average rating of 3 but I was inclined to go with a 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed meeting Joe and watching a bond grow between Van and Joe, her new "puppy."

Van has been in love with her best friend, Peter, since college. Unfortunately, he has been in love with her best friend, Janie, and now, they have just married. It's a standard chick lit type storyline basically. Van does the wallowing thing and in that wallowing, amidst some alcohol and Rin Tin Tin, she decides to order a German Shepard puppy off the internet. And oh yeah, this puppy is coming from Slovakia. $6,000 later, Van is in for a shock because her puppy is definitely not a cute ball of fur. He is a growing German Shepard who obeys Slovakian commands.

Let the hijinks begin! Joe, as he is christened, becomes the cause for many changes in Van's life, including meeting a new guy. But he is also the best friend she has, her only family. Then of course, Peter comes back into her life. The story then falls into some well known plot points making it fairly average in the will she or won't she, what will she really do, type of chick lit style.

What I liked about this story was the relationship between Van and Joe, even though he is a dog. I enjoyed Marley & Me and well, most dog stories so really, if you don't like dogs, you are not going to like this story. However, I did feel like he helped Van move forward a bit. It was kind of a one step forward, two steps back, but she was trying to change, trying to find her own path in life rather than wishing she was Peter's Janie. And frankly, I really liked how rude Janie was. She wasn't afraid of mincing words.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your Money
I experienced this book as an audio book and while I embarked on it with great hope for a wonderful dog story, what I ended up with was one of the most annoying stories I have come... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Entre Preneur
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Summer Read.. .
A humorous premise, some funny bits, moves steadily along. A light read for summer.
Published 3 days ago by JudeJudy
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this cute dog tale
Another cute dog story. Fun to read!
Published 2 months ago by Susan Liu
4.0 out of 5 stars Sit, Stay, Read.
Liked this book for its humor and obviously the great bond between the owner and dog. It is a good example of how our animals change our lives. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dobermom
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a love story but so much more
This is a delightful story. It's a love story but so much more. It speaks of friendship and how the elderly people in our lives are important and can impact us. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Delightful Read
Stay was a novel that I truly enjoyed reading because it was relatable (unrequited loved), a quick enjoyable read, and quite funny! Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. Elizabeth Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I love German shepherd's, I love romance and I loved this book. It was written about how real people live and that having money isn't everything.
Published 8 months ago by Gregg E Loring
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Not a great dog story.... Just a love story. (Snooze)
Published 9 months ago by R.W. Rawles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 months ago by Terry Mugge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 9 months ago by Chelsea
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More About the Author

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Stay (2010), and Why Can't I Be You (2013). She has never ordered a dog off the internet or assumed a new identity to attend a high school reunion.

Allie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Jeremy, and their German Shepherd, Stella.

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