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Stay Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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I wish I could go back in time and hand this book to my teenage self, it was the kind of book I needed and one I think all teenage girls should read.... The writing is beautiful and full of raw emotion.... The characters are exceptional. Clara is definitely one of the most realistic characters I have read in a while.... Overall, this book is amazing. I highly recommend Stay to all fans of contemporary fiction. Definitely a favourite read for 2011." --Nic at irresistiblereads.blogspot.com
"The way [Caletti] describes things - the characters, settings, the small details - is simply breathtaking. The author has such a talent with words that everything becomes so vivid and alive in front of your eyes.
The plot is gripping! The tension builds up chapter after chapter. As the story progresses, we get to know more of Clara's history with Christian. The characterization is excellent! The author makes you really feel for Clara. I felt her pain, her happiness, her fear and confusion. I could feel her turmoil like it was mine.
One of the best YA contemporary novels I have read.
I read Stay in a day and it was worth it. I believe it's an important book for older and younger readers alike. Stay is dark, moving and hard-hitting."
--Misha @ books-love-affair.blogspot.com
"Caletti’s prose is at its best. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen’s books, this is a moving tale of a
young woman learning how to love, to live, and to forgive."
"My heart was pounding through several chapters... Stay is an emotional masterpiece. It ended up being even better than expected, and is a must read."
--Shanyn @ chickloveslit.com
"Ms. Caletti's writing was gorgeous. There were so many unique and beautiful observations... The way Ms. Caletti was able to push through the norm and dive for something beautiful underneath the current was incredible. Stay is gripping--one part beauty, one part obsession... it's absolutely a novel to check out."
--Amber @ Down the Rabbit Hole (http://amberinblunderland.blogspot.com/)
"This is the best book I have read. Never have I felt more a part of a story, never have I been so involved, so unsure of the outcome, so tentative as Clara moved ahead with her/my life. I wouldn't have Deb Caletti change even one word in this novel. It isn't entertaining. It's more than realistic. It's real."
--Heather @ buriedinbooks.blogspot.com
"The heavens must have opened and sung a beautiful song while Deb Caletti wrote Stay, because this book straight up gets it. Her style is similar to Dessen, as in you know the story is going to be honest and make you feel all sorts of emotions. I felt a genuine connection to Stay."
--April @ goodbooksandgoodwine.com
"Taking an honest look at the dangers of obsession and stalking, Caletti writes a beautiful story that somehow remains hopeful even when the plot takes a sinister twist. Through the story, all characters come to life and become understandable, if not likable. Recommend this book to every teen and parent. This is a danger often overlooked until it is too late because of its subtlety, and the guilt and shame involved."--VOYA
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" First off, I've never told this story to anyone. Not the entire thing anyway, and not entirely truthfully. I'm only telling it now for one reason, and that's because an untold story has a weight that can submerge you, sure as a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean. I learned that. This kind of story, those kind of things kept secret- they have the power to keep you hidden forever, and most of all from yourself. The ghosts from that drowned ship, they keep haunting."
That first paragraph resonated with me so much that I had to dive in with my head and for once, open up that little place I allow to feel, my heart. I knew Clara from the minute she met Christian and knew exactly why she did every action she did. I'd once held the power Clara felt of having someone love her so much that they'd do anything to keep her. It's powerful and wonderful and scary to be the one that loves less. But it's all consuming and Clara learns that there is a dark side to the power and Christian. And his jealousies and walking on eggshells and having to lie about her past becomes too much. It's emotionally draining. And dangerous in a way Clara can't even imagine. She and Christian were perfect and then Christian, perfect, beautiful, foreign Christian let his insecurities begin to show and there was no forgetting. And there is accommodating and adjusting for certain things in a relationship and then there is what Clara did for Christian.
But this is not one of those stories where you can say "Oh stupid girl." and want to shake her because Clara has brought us into the story with her. We are Clara for lack of a better way to explain it.Read more ›
In all reality, I though the author does a fantastic job telling us the back story. The book switches back and forth from the present to the past. Clara is already at the beach with her father and she's struggling with her thoughts on what has happened. We gradually get flashbacks of her relationship with Christian. I think the author gets it right. Christian seems wonderful at first, the perfect boyfriend. He's very slow to show his true colors. I think the first couple of time, Clara writes it off and vows to be more careful with what she says and does. By the time he is in full control, the relationship has been going on for so long that Clara doesn't know how to leave. She loves him and thinks he loves her. In her head, she's the one that needs to be better. Which is so how this often works. (I had a friend who was in an abusive relationship in high school. She ultimately died from an accident that occurred because she was unable to tell him no. Something Clara says in this story sounded like something my friends said to her mom right before the accident).
Ultimately, it was the present tense that I just couldn't get into. Clara's behavior just didn't fit with the same person we meet in the flashbacks. For someone who just got out of a controlling relationship (and the one before that seemed abusive), she seems to jump right into the next one. I liked Finn, and he really seemed to understand Clara. Even after Clara tells him what happened, he takes it all in stride. But, it was too soon.Read more ›
I just enjoyed this book so much! Readers will appreciate the dynamic that the main character has with her witty father. I also appreciated that the author did not make Christian an obvious and stereotypical "bad guy" in the book, because in real life there are far more Christian's than typical bad guys. Christian is damaged and that is what makes him behave the way that he does. It does not excuse his behavior, but it makes you understand the cycle and why it takes the main character so long to leave him and why she questions that decision later on.
The book also has footnotes, and not the typical kind. These footnotes are personal, and they serve as a way of insight into the deeper meanings of the prose itself through the main character's eyes.
I cannot stress how amazing this book is. Get it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book although I must say that there should have been a bit more about Clara and Christian's relationship. Read morePublished 21 days ago by aj
Clara is a young girl who falls in love, only it's not the happily ever after kind of love... This story is told in bits and pieces and goes from present to past and back and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marissa
My 14 year old granddaughter was reading it for English class. She was confused about the meaning and misunderstanding what was going on the format of flashbacks and then present... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah
What a brilliant novel! Deb Caletti captures the rapture and the craziness of first love perfectly. The characters are all engaging and the plot moves right along. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Julie A. Schwartz
Teenage coming of age stories involving depressed fathers obsessed boyfriends and a mother suicide is usually a recipe for treacle.... Here, it is a recipe for WONDER!Published 11 months ago by Reader Susan
This was one of the books I love reading so much, I hate when it ends. While I have never been a victim of a stalker, there were glimpses of traits I have seen in past people I... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Catherine Smith
I didn't realize this was an young adults' book but read it anyway since I have enjoyed others by this author. A story about an obsessive partner is always interesting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ellie
Do not let the synopsis deceive you.
If you know me or have surfed through my blog, you would know that I almost never give bad ratings to a book. I hate it. Read more