And We Stay

And We Stay

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A Michael L. Printz Honor Award Winner A gentle, lyrical story of incomprehensible sorrow faced with quiet courage. ELIZABETH WEIN, "New York Times"bestselling author Hubbard treats tragedy and new beginnings with a skilled, delicate hand. JOHN COREY WHALEY, author of"Where Things Come Back," winner of the Michael L. Printz Award Senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school with a stolen gun, threatens his girlfriend, Emily Beam, and then takes his own life. Soon after, angry and guilt-ridden Emily is sent to a boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where two quirky fellow students and the spirit of Emily Dickinson offer helping hands. But it is up to Emily Beam to heal her own damaged self, to find the good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow. A"Boston Globe"Best YA Novel of the Year A"KirkusReviews"Best Book of the Year A Tayshas High School Reading List SelectionA North Carolina Young Adult book Award Nominee * "As graceful as a feather drifting down, this lyrical story delivers a deep journey of healing on a tragic theme. "Kirkus Reviews," Starred *""And We Stay"is a little gem of a book. . . . there is certainly something for anyone looking for a good read with a strong, believable female lead who is working her hardest to overcome tragedy. "School Library Journal," Starred Hubbard s writing iselegantand emotional. "Publisher s Weekly" This novel is accomplished, polished, and mixes prose and poetry tostunning effect. "Booklist " Hubbard . . .captures perfectlythe turbulence of young love, the bonds of friendship, and the push-and-pull dynamic between teens and adults. VOYA"show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 142 x 212 x 24mm | 359.99g
  • Delacorte Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0385740573
  • 9780385740579
  • 425,737

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013: "Teasing out strands of the past and the present, Hubbard masterfully twines together a story of one girl s journey to self-identity...As graceful as a feather drifting down, this lyrical story delivers a deep journey of healing on a tragic theme." Starred Review, Booklist, November 15, 2013: "This novel is accomplished, polished, and mixes prose and and poetry to stunning effect...Hubbard s narrative tone will only make readers want to lean in closer." Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 2014: "A little gem of a book...Despite the heavy topics, the book feels sweet and poetic and never gratuitous. Budding poets may particularly appreciate Emily s story, but there is certainly something for anyone looking for a good read with a strong, believable female lead who is working her hardest to overcome tragedy." Publishers Weekly, October 21, 2013: "Hubbard s writing is elegant and emotional...Mature readers who enjoy a bit of melancholy and might spark to Dickinson will be in good company on Emily s journey." BookPage, February 2014: "Hubbard is an accomplished poet as well as a novelist, and Emily Beam s poems are remarkably good. Writing these poems leads Emily out of the darkness of a New England winter and into a fragile spring out of tragedy and into something resembling hope." Shelf Awareness, February 21, 2014: "Most poetry comes from a place of deep emotion. That's certainly true for Emily Beam, Jennifer Hubbard's ("Paper Covers Rock") sympathetic protagonist in "And We Stay.".. Hubbard convincingly integrates Emily Beam's poems alongside her recollections of Paul and her life before boarding school." VOYA, December 2013: "[Hubbard] captures perfectly the turbulence of young love, the bonds of friendship, and the push-and-pull dynamic between teens and adults...Definitely recommend this book to your introspective patrons who relish romantic tragedy, poetry, and intricate relationships among girls and their boyfriends, friends, and teachers.", January 22, 2014: "This book is truly beautiful both inside and out. Within the story, Hubbard elegantly navigates the prose of Emily s life combined with the many poems Emily writes to cope with the misfortunes that have befallen her...The way Hubbard writes AND WE STAY is both attractive and exquisite."show more

About Jenny Hubbard

Michael L. Printz Honor Award-winning"And We Stay"is Jenny Hubbard s second novel. Her first, "Paper Covers Rock," was a William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist. A former English teacher, Jenny writes books and plays in her hometown of Slisbury, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, a high school math teacher, and their rescue dog, Oliver. You can find Jenny on Facebook, follow her (and Oliver) on Twitter at @HubbardWrites, and visit her website at"show more

Rating details

3,974 ratings
3.47 out of 5 stars
5 20% (806)
4 29% (1,147)
3 33% (1,312)
2 14% (552)
1 4% (157)

Our customer reviews

I requested to read this one on Netgalley because I have always been draw to self-harm and suicide, and even though I was touched personally by suicide by gun with my dad in 2012, those key words still attract my attention and I want to read it. I don't know if its healthy, but I just feel compelled to read about others who have been through these things, and see how they heal, and move on. When I read the synopsis, I saw a keyword that I had missed when I first requested though--the dreaded (for me) prose. I almost didn't even start this one, but I still picked it up and opened it and I am glad that I did. Most of it is done in narrative, and while I skimmed the poems, they were not primarily how the story is told. And We Stay is told in a somewhat strange to me format though, it is 3rd person, and that is not the prevalent way to tell a story in YA these days, and sometimes it distances me from the main character, but it was no so with Emily. I of course related to her because a loved one killed himself, but also just her whole countenance and way of thinking. It wasn't overly dark to where I was depressed every time I picked it up, since it is a bit out from the big event and she is already at the boarding school. I can also totally relate how she keeps people at arm's length although mine happened even before grief and because of my anxiety, but hers is because the girls at school don't know what she went through with her boyfriend Paul, and she doesn't want them to. The story was well paced, and it was all about the flashbacks, piecing together the relationship between Paul and Emily, and what led them to that day. We see Emily working through things in her own head and through writing poetry and trying to heal. She begins to trust others as well as reach out to people that she knew from her hometown, those who knew her and who also knew Paul, who are grieving as well. This story is all about character development and even though there wasn't huge action scenes, there was lots of powerful and emotional things, as well as a blossoming friendship that kept me enthralled. I enjoyed this journey with Emily and recommend to those who love a darker and emotional contemporary. Bottom Line: Great contemporary, very emotional and lots of character more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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