A dark, romantic novel of love and obsession from Printz Honor medal winner and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti. Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, 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...
- Hardback | 313 pages
- 149 x 218 x 28mm | 399g
- 05 Apr 2011
- Simon Pulse
- New York, NY, United States
- Reprint ed.
"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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STAY is a contemporary novel that is different to many other YA prototypes. It has romance and at the same time suspenseful elements. The title STAY is really appropriate, because this story is all about the balance of right and wrong decisions, leaving and staying (safe), being with someone or leaving that one you once loved so you can become the person you really are. This novel talks about the serious topic of a love that turns into an obsession and the consequences of making the decision to end it. Chapters of real-time actions alternate with flashbacks, so that the origin to our current situation is revealed piece by piece. We are given the info that our heroine is headed to a place she shouldn't leave unless she doesn't want to stay safe. It are mostly the flashbacks that keep feeding us with more background information about characters and story. It's a fast read thanks to this narrative technique and a really good writing. STAY is made up of only a few relevant characters, which was totally ok since this type of story doesn't need that many to convey meaning. Caletti did a good job in constructing the characters, because they appear real. I noticed that I didn't care that much about the characters itself, but more about the outcome of the story in general. I was surprised how easily Clara, our protagonist, throws herself into another romance, considering that she is still followed by her ex-boyfriend. Still I liked to see her opening up for a new love. Clara was ok, but her dad was just a bit rough and with his cussing all the time very inconvenient. Caletti also included footnotes to mention some random extra facts, further ideas and explanations. What could be a funny and original idea, really bothered me, because the additional notes were often useless blather and reminded me too much of a scientific work. THE VERDICT I give it 3,5/5 stars. This is a serious novel about the delicate balance between love and hate, staying and leaving. STAY is a book that definitely promises a high emotional involvement.show moreby MissPageTurner
FIRST SENTENCE: First off, I've never told this story to anyone. Boy meets girl. They start dating. Boy gets kind of physical, snatching the girl by the arm. Girl kicks boy to the curb. Good for you, girl! Boy meets girl. Boy is handsome and charming. They start dating. They fall in love. Boy is rather clingy and possessive. Boy BLOWS UP girl's cell phone constantly .. is he checking up on her? Boy has a mercurial mood; instantly changing from happy and loving to brooding and jealous. Girl starts to feel as though she has to tiptoe around him, as she can't figure out what sets him off. Girl decides to break it off; boy goes nuts. This little synopsis is not indicative of the writing style of this novel, which really does a wonderful job of portraying the slide into emotional abuse that many girls and women have experienced. Clara Oates is a normal 17-year-old-girl with a loving and supportive father. Her mother died when she was four, but her life has still been good. Written from Clara's perspective, with explanatory footnotes such as this: languid - The word languid is one of those words that sound perfect for what it is. Like prickly - or luminescence. See? Words are magical that way. it makes easy to see how a girl can be caught up in a fearful situation and how difficult it is to get out. Her father was spot on in his support, with prodding questions rather than censure, as he senses that things aren't right in this relationship. When he needs to step up to the plate, he does so, no questions asked. The writing style is fluid and absorbing, and the characters are well fleshed-out, which is something that I normally find lacking in many YA titles. Written for ages 12 and up, there is no explicit violence or sex, so as a parent I could even (and highly do) recommend it for the younger YA set. Reading a book like this may increase awareness of the signs of emotional abuse and help keep a young girl (or even an older one) from getting trapped in this cycle. Simply put: Buy it. Even adults will benefit from the insights they will gain from reading it. QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy): I've heard that people stay in bad situations because a relationship like that gets turned up by degrees. It is said that a frog will jump out of a pot of boiling water. Place him in a pot and turn it up a little at a time and he will stay until he is boiled to death. Us frogs understand this. Book Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsshow moreby Julie Smith
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) First of all, I have to say, that I haven't read anything by Caletti before reading this. I have heard many things about her being a great writer and have a lot of her books on my to-read list, but I've never actually read anything by her until now. And I have to say that I will DEFINITELY be reading more from her in the future. Preferably sometime very soon. You can tell straight off from the summary that this book is intense. But you don't get the full impact until you start the book. It starts off with the chapters alternating back and forth between the present Clara, and the before Clara when she was dating Christian. After reading the first chapter I seriously wondered why the hell she was even with Christian. How had she gotten to the point she was now? I would of left Christian a LONG ago if it were me. But after reading the chapters of when she was with him, you really start to understand why she couldn't let go of him. It wasn't JUST his controlling nature, it was of her own reasons as well. I flew through the chapters so fast, and not JUST because of how great the writing was and that it flowed so well, but the fact that when I was reading each chapter, I wanted to read through it so fast to get to the next chapter. When I was reading a chapter about Clara from the past when she was dating Christian, I desperately wanted to get back to the present Clara. And the other way around. I never wanted to put this book down! My heart went through so many different emotions as the story progressed and switched between past and present Clara. I felt everything she did. My heart pounded with each chapter, wondering what Christian would do next in her story of the past. Caletti's writing is just so beautiful and descriptive, and I LOVED her footnotes in this book. She had a lot of them and they were all in Clara's voice so it just added to the affect. And her characters. Oh my gosh, I loved all of them. All of them were so different and had a story of their own it seemed. The only character I didn't like, that you got to know, was Christian. Of course. I just seriously want to slap him and shake him asking him what the hell is wrong with him and to just FREAKING LET GO! Throughout the novel you really see Clara grow up, which I'm very glad for. She went through something horrible and really had to learn her lesson. She is a great character with a great voice. Her and her story will forever be in my heart. It's a tie with my second favorite character. Finn, and Clara's dad. Finn was such a sweetheart and someone she REALLY needed after such a horrible break-up. And her dad, oh my gosh her dad. He was hilarious and he was just such an amazing father. He knew how to balance being a best friend towards her, and being her father. It all depended on what she needed at the time. He was such a cool dad. Clara is so lucky. :P Overall, this was a great read. I already want to go back and re-read it. Stay is brilliantly honest and hits a subject that is very serious and maybe not EVERYONE can relate to it, but it makes it all the more special to the women who have been through the same thing Clara has. It is a very enjoyable read, even if you haven't been through something like this. Just makes you very grateful for not having to deal with such a subject. (http://vintagebookworm.blogspot.com/2011...) *Note: Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.*show moreby Amanda