Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review: Stay by Deb Caletti

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages

PublisherSimon Pulse; 1st edition (April 5th 2011)
Language: English
Source: Purchased from Book Depository
First Sentence: "First off, I've never told this story to anyone."
Favorite Line from the Book
"It's strange, isn't it, how the idea of belonging to someone can sound so great? It can be comforting, the way it makes things decided. We like the thought of being held, until it's too tight. We like that certainty, until it means there's no way out. And we like being his, until we realize we're not ours anymore." 
Book 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....
This is my first Deb Caletti novel and all I can say is that the novel is just utterly amazing!  The emotions which were depicted in the book were just so realistic that the reader could actually feel it.  I loved how the author was able to not only insert, but also basically let the characters be as realistic as possible.  She was able to weave a story so gripping that you will not want to put the book down.

I am not going to delve on how the story went nor discuss the summary.  Rather, I will tell you how I felt while I was reading this and right after I've put it down.

The pain and the struggle of Clara can be felt all throughout the book.  The concern and the parental protectiveness of Clara's father was very evident in the story.  There were secondary characters introduced in the book and I enjoyed getting to know each one of them and seeing how they touched Clara's life while she's copping with everything that's going on in her life.

This novel is fantastically written that the shifts from the past to present is not abrupt.  It made me feel that through those flashbacks, I got to know how the relationship between Clara and Christian went.  I also like the footnotes included in some part of the book.  It's funny and quirky and there were times wherein I get to laugh out loud because they were just so adorable.

This is a love story.  But this is not your typical love story because this is a story about the love for oneself.   It is a story of moving on, of letting go, of forgiveness, of finally finding redemption.  The novel has touched so many aspects of life that I cannot even put into exact words how I really felt with each turn of a page.  The story will definitely reel you in and you will definitely, in one way or the other, relate.

I can say that this is definitely a must read especially to those people who needed that extra push to the road of moving on.


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I really need to read more Caletti. Her novels remind me a lot of Sarah Dessen (whom I love).

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