Simon Pulse 2011
In a new novel by award-winning author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, Deb Caletti presents to us a story about starting over and hope in dark times. The story starts as Clara, our narrator and voice, sets the background when she introduces Christian, her future boyfriend, when they meet at a basketball game. From there the plot issues in a whirlwind of events, presenting Clara as she flashbacks from the past to the present. At first, Christian seems to be the perfect boyfriend, kind and devoting. But when Clara starts noticing the obsessive behavior that surrounds her seemingly flawless 'other half', doubt is quickly planted in her mind. Her past story deftly told in chapters between the present, she now finds herself in a little town to escape Christian, and to start anew. Through happy and bright moments, Stay is a book that I loved to read. Being new to Deb Caletti's style, I enjoyed the footnotes which added detail while never really taking away from the story. The author's moral is clear, and the development of Clara's character is a proof of that. By the end, I was shaking with relief, (and a little bit of creepiness) but I found myself satisfied with the whole of the novel, and would love to read Deb Caletti's past young adult realistic fiction.
Rating: 4 Better than most
Hope P., 15
Simon Pulse 2011
Clara Oates thought she had the perfect relationship with Christian. He was attentive, devoted, and had eyes only for her. But quickly his attentiveness becomes possessiveness, his devotion obsession, and his eyes fixated on her. She leaves him behind as quietly as she can, fleeing to the ocean with her father. She tries to salvage her summer and start over, unable to contact any of her old friends. She gets a job at a lighthouse, makes new friends, and meets an intriguing new guy. Things are finally looking up. But Christian is not far behind, and he is not ready to give her up so easily. This was a quick-paced read. Interlaced with truly realistic characters, descriptive writing and an underlying thread of suspense, Stay was a very satisfying and compelling novel.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book