Monday, April 4, 2011

Stay by Deb Caletti

 

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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 was the very first Deb Caletti book I picked up, and it was simply stunning. Stay was one of the most intense books I’ve read so far this year.

Clara was a strong main character who at times I really admired and at times I wanted to slap. Christian is one of the most creepy characters that I have ever read about, I wanted to run away from him. I am so thankful that Deb Caletti didn’t try and cover up or romanticize the creepiness of the relationship. A lot of YA books that have creepy men in it somehow make them seem nice and passionate. This wasn’t the case in Stay.

Since reading Stay, I’ve read other books by Caletti but this one remains one of my favorite books by her. The voice is written incredibly well. Clara’s feelings about the entire Christian ordeal were amazingly realistic and tugged at my heartstrings.

The one problem I had with this book was that it didn’t immediately grab me. I had to read for awhile before I was completely hooked. But once I got hooked, I couldn’t stop.

Deb Caletti wrote a breathtaking and hauntingly realistic novel that everybody should read.

FTC- Publisher.

4 comments:

Sniffly Kitty said...

Raw, realistic, with a strong main character? Sounds like a winner even with the slow beginning

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

First review I have seen of this book... sounds wonderful!

Jennie said...

I felt the same way - slow in the beginning but then I couldn't put it down. It was like a car crash - I didn't want to watch, but I had to know how it ended. Haunting.

Rachel Star said...

I'm reading this at the moment, and I have to agree about the slightly slow beginning thing. But it is so beautifully written! Great review :)
-Rachel Star