February 02, 2011

Review: Stay by Deb Caletti

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2011 by Simon Pulse

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....

More and more I am getting into YA Fiction that isn't Paranormal. When I read the synopsis for Stay I really wanted to read it. I've never read any books by Deb Caletti, but I did know that she was a very popular author. I got the chance to read Stay through Simon and Schuster's Galley Grab. I read Stay pretty quickly and found that the story was quite fast paced. Deb Caletti's writing style was very simple.

What I liked the most about Stay was that Deb Caletti alternated chapters from Clara's past and Clara's future. You get the chance to read about Christian and Clara's relationship and how it got to the point that it did. You also get to read how Clara and her father moved on, and found a new beginning.

Clara falls in love for the first time and is high on life until Christian begins to show a side of himself that is much more dark and controlling. Christian starts by accusing Clara of cheating on him, wearing provocative cloths to attract other men and is always taking up most of her time so she wouldn't spend time with her friends. Things begin to get really intense between the two and Clara has no idea what to do. She wants to break up with Christian, but at the same time loves him so much she keeps ignoring the signs. Finally things get a little too out of control and Clara's father steps in and decides enough is enough. Clara and her father go away for the summer not knowing what to expect and there they both learn to forgive, move on and embrace a new beginning.

Stay is a story that I think a lot of of teens and adults can easily relate to. It has a strong meaning behind it with a positive ending. I feel that things like this happen a lot, and more and more frequent. Every time I watch the news there is always a story about a boyfriend or husband hurting their loved one. I feel the message in this book is something that every woman no matter her age, should read. I will definitely be picking up any past books by Deb Caletti and am looking forward to any of her future books.

4 out 5 Stars!

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  1. Glad you enjoyed this book. I just found out about this author and bought some of her books.

  2. Wow! I really want to read this book. It sounds great and like something all teen girls should read.

  3. Great review, I was honestly surprised by the synopsis, it was not at all what I expected to the book to be like. I really to read now, it sounds different!

  4. I just recently heard about this book (yeah,I'm that clueless!), and the content really made me want to get it; especially since I, myself, was a victim of abuse when I was a teenager. I've worked with a organization called "Project Sister" as a volunteer for 4 years, and subject matter like this always intrigues me, and is important to me. So, ofcourse, I had to come and check out what my girls had to say about it. Thanks for the awesome review, Damaris.


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