Thursday, April 7, 2011

Review: Stay by Deb Caletti

Stay by Deb Caletti
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA

The Story: (from Goodreads) 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 Review: The start of Stay shows us exactly what it was like for Clara the first time she saw Christian. The immediate connection between the two of them quickly turned into something unhealthy. It's not long before their intense relationship becomes obsession but Clara doesn't quite understand what's happening until she's truly in danger. Willing to do anything to protect her, Clara's father whisks her away to a seaside town in the hopes that they can escape Christian. Clara's relationship with her father is a great one, providing humor, sincerity and secrecy in all the right places.

Stay is written in a series of flashbacks from Clara's and Christian's relationship to the present. We see the progression of their relationship from start to dramatic finish. Clara's emotions range from fear of losing Christian, to fear of hurting him, to fear for her own life. Even though she may know that what has happened with Christian isn't necessarily her fault, she somehow feels like her actions have brought it on. The threats, guilt trips and accusations keep playing in her head. Is she that person? Can she ever have a normal relationship again? 

Clara is vulnerable in her new hideaway, but still strong enough to attempt living without constant fear. It's easier said than done. Clara knows that eventually Christian will find her. When she meets Finn, she's instantly drawn to him but she's terrified of the past repeating itself. She doesn't know if she can trust her instincts any longer. I loved this about the book.

Stay is a terrifying story of how quickly a seemingly normal relationship can turn deadly. Caletti does a phenomenal job of staying true to what these relationships can really be like. She doesn't paint a pretty picture but it's accurate and extremely well written. That's the best part about this book: Stay won't make you feel good about a relationship that's sick and twisted. It brings to light the fact that these relationships can happen to anyone, and that no one should have to accept that. 

Clara's story is full of palpable and heart wrenching emotions that kept me turning the page late at night. I nearly finished Stay in one sitting. I couldn't put it down and was holding my breath, hoping for an ending that would allow Clara to relax once more. But do victims of abusive relationships ever truly relax again?

Stay is my first novel by Deb Caletti and I can't believe I've never read her before. I'm adding all of her books to my to-be-read list immediately. This is an incredible book.

My Rating


5 comments:

  1. Nice review :) Gonna add it to my TBR :)

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  2. And this is an incredible review. This is on my list too. I have a Galley copy but I might just go out and buy it since I'm not fond of reading stuff on the comp.

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  3. I really don't think you'll be disappointed, either of you.

    Bee, I received this as a galley and am purchasing my own copy this weekend. It's really a brilliant book. I can't wait to see what you think of it!

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  4. Thanks for the review, I loved the characters in this one.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  5. l am putting more of Deb's books on my wishlist too after reading this book.
    Amazing writer

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