Thursday, April 14, 2011

Stay by Deb Caletti

Title: Stay 
Author: Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Source: Simon and Schuster Galley Grab

Summary: 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....

Review: Stay was my first Deb Caletti book. And I have to say, I'll definitely being coming back for more from Caletti.

Stay was more then emotional, it was a powerful read that opens your eyes to that inscrutable fine line between love and obsession.

I loved Clara. She was so believable, so real, and she had a great voice. I really felt like I was in her shoes, I felt her fear, her happiness, her inability to let go. It was just amazing. And Clara's Dad, what a nice guy! Like I've said before: I had awful parents in YA. And Christian was a total scumbag. Yeah, that is all I'm going to say about that awful boy. I don't want to spoil the story but there was one noteworthy character that was awfully sweet...!

The setting created by Caletti was just as powerful as her characters. I was sucked into the vortex of Clara's world on the beach. I never wanted to leave.

Sometimes Stay was downright scary. The way Christian's obsession with Clara was painted, was so real and gritty, it makes me scared to even think that this type of situation happens every single day. Clara was in so much pain, and I just get choked up thinking about all she went through.

The writing in Stay was so amazing, it wasn't even funny. Seriously. You can tell when an author puts thinking and thought in to every word, every sentence. Just reading the writing was a joy.

The Bottom Line: I would definitely recommend this, especially to older young adults and adults who are fans of contemporary.



Lisa said...

This sounds like an emotionally tough read, but also a really good one. I have not read any of Deb Caletti's novels either, but this one sounds like a great book to start with.

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