Friday, April 1, 2011

Stay - A Review

Stay - Deb Caletti (S&S Egalley)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Format: Hardcover , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 87,934
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • ISBN-13: 9781442403734
  • ISBN: 144240373X


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....

My Thoughts:

Wow! I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts into words on this one. Deb has incredible writing talent. She had me from page one and didn't let go. I could feel something sinister lurking below the pages as I read. You know it's there lurking, waiting to jump out at you. You just don't know when or where, but you know it is coming. This was written with such force that I admit a time or two, I looked over my own shoulder.

My heart ached for Clara and yes at times I found myself thinking how did she not see what I could see so plainly on the pages and then I stopped myself and realized how easy it would be not to see it. How easy it could be to convince yourself it's love. Christian creeped me out and rightfully so. Finn's character was my favorite. Clara's dad is a nice enough fellow but I admit a couple places in the book he had me reeling with anger. Annabelle was fantastic and Sylvia is someone I wish I had more background on.

I like Deb's writing style. The little footnotes added that little bit extra. She made this book feel so real, I could almost smell the crisp ocean air and hear the crashing of the waves. I loved the location of this book. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I love it when I find out a book takes place in my neck of the woods. It gives it that extra bit of familiarity. I've never been to Whidbey Island yet, but I got to see the San Juan's for the first time last year and fell in love with them, so this book made me long to go back again.

Author's Website: Deb Caletti


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

So glad you loved this one. Sounds like it really left an impression on you. :) Thanks for the great review!