Friday, April 22, 2011

Stay by Deb Caletti Review

By Deb Caletti
April 5, 2011
Simon Pulse, 320 pages

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....

— description

I'm so glad this book exists. Youth librarians, make sure this is on your shelves!

Simultaneously heartfelt and frightening, Caletti is telling a very important story here. Clara is in hiding from an abusive, controlling boyfriend and is slowly learning to release herself from blame and trust again.

I've never been in a situation remotely like Clara's, but I know what it's like to be a teenager and to keep a boyfriend around just because it's, well, it's hard to break up sometimes. Caletti shows, through Clara's flashback and present romances, the stark difference between healthy and unhealthy love -- something it's not so easy to detect as a teen. 

It took a little while for me to get into Stay -- mostly while I sorted out the flashbacks. But once I caught on to what was happening and what had happened, it was riveting. And the footnotes were a cute bonus -- icing on the cake.

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  1. Clara and Christian? All it needs is a Tucker and it will have the same main characters as Unearthly. lol

  2. Wow, this does sound like an important book. One of my sister's friends got into a really bad situation with an abusive boyfriend back in high school and it took her a really long time for her to come back from it.

  3. Sounds like an intense read. Will add to my TBR pile :)

    I love your book review format, so clean and easy. <3<3<3

  4. Great you enjoyed Stay, I got to read it thanks to the S&S Galley Grab. I've written my review but I am unsure what rating to give...Finn was a sweetheart:)


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