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Sixteen-year-old Leila Abranel was born some twenty years after her sisters. Her elegant sisters from her father’s first marriage have lives full of work, love affairs, and travel. Leila doesn’t know either of them very well, but she loves hearing about them—details of Rebecca’s ruined marriage, Clare’s first job, and the strings of unsuitable boyfriends.

When Rebecca kills
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published April 24th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Gaby
Dec 23, 2007 Gaby rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all. I think the blurb was misleading; it made the book seem really interesting, but within the first few pages, I was bored to death. I finished the book, thinking maybe it would get better, but it didn't. Since the book talked a lot about family history and stuff like that, it didn't keep me very interested in it. There isn't much to say about this lackluster book. It wasn't that good in my opinion, I just didn't like it.
Samantha
Mar 31, 2008 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
Stay With Me, by Garret Freymann-Weyr was a very enjoyable book. It wasn't just a sappy teen story but had depth and mystery as well. The story focuses on a girl named Leila Abranel who experienced a tragedy: the death of her step sister. Although she didn't really know her step sister that well, the death still hit pretty hard and the whole family was affected because of also the death of the sisters mother earlier that year. The book follows Leila's life after these tragedies and shows how she ...more
Raven
Sep 20, 2009 Raven rated it it was amazing
Leila Abranel is the youngest in her family. Her father is in his seventies and her mother is a little younger than him, while her two half-sisters, Clare and Rebecca, are in their thirties.

Leila is a dyslexic teenager who is forced by her parents to act older and more mature. The only person her age she hangs out with, is her boyfriend Ben, who is becoming less of a boyfriend and more of a mistake.

When Rebecca kills herself, Leila, who has a hard time figuring out the meaning of words in book
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Jessica
Jun 14, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that touched me deeply having been affected by a friend's attempted suicide. In someways the topic was more taboo than if she had gone through with it simply because it felt like everyone wanted to attach blame -- yet absolving her of any guilt -- and then forget that it had ever happened.
I don't condone all of the plot or character's choices or even the outlook of some of the characters but the shattering loss and coping mechanisms of each character were familiar and painful.
I r
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Beth
Nov 09, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing
There is so much to love about this book: the cake metaphors, the interesting characters, the sad but hopeful mood. Leila’s favorite stepsister, struggling with bouts of depression her entire life, has finally made a successful suicide attempt, and 16-year old Leila is certain there has to be a reason for what her much older sister has done. Months later when her physician parents leave for Poland, Leila opts to stay with her remaining stepsister, the coolly elegant Clare, who assists with Leila ...more
Chloe
Apr 27, 2009 Chloe rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Leila Abranel is the only child of her father's second marriage; she has two half sisters, Rebecca and Clare, from his first marriage. When Rebecca commits suicide, Leila's life is completely and irrevocably changed. While her parents leave for a year in Poland for work, Leila lives with her remaining half sister Clare and her sort-of cousin Raphael. She spends her time trying to unravel her family's history and to find out the reason behind Rebecca's suicide. The choices she ma ...more
Wisteriouswoman
Jan 04, 2012 Wisteriouswoman rated it really liked it
The book was so different from the normal teen romance novel that deals with hot football players and bitchy prom queens and abused geeks that I continued to pick it up again after setting it aside. It definitely isn't the right book for chick-lit set.

It thoughtfully moseys along weaving together a story that includes unusual family relationships and wisdom that is passed down from one generation to another. The basic message of 'trust yourself to know what you should do when the time comes' isn
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Paige
Oct 27, 2010 Paige rated it it was amazing
Stay With Me is a highly satisfying read. Primarily it is about how Leila reacts to her older sister, Rebecca's suicide. Leila wants to know more about why her sister took her own life as well as wanting to know more about what she was like when she was still alive. She goes on quite a few adventures to research anything she believes will tell her more about Rebecca. During this time there a few different people who take Leila under their wing. One is her other older sister who she slowly grows ...more
AnnaBnana
Jun 23, 2009 AnnaBnana rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
There were several things I really liked about this book. I think sex and other big life questions were dealt with in a way that might encourage teens to talk to a trusted adult without fear of repercussions. And, if they don't feel comfortable talking to someone in their life, it's still nice to see things presented in such a non-threatening way.

I thought Leila was a really interesting character. Her inner dialogue was written so eloquently...she clearly had a lot of confusion in her life and F
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Lisa
Feb 06, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teens, ala
Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down. It is a beautiful and compelling portrayal of a teenager trying to navigate her way through the "new now" after one of her much-older sisters commits suicide. Protagonist Leila is interesting and likable, and there's a good cast of well-fleshed-out supporting characters. It's a wonderful story of love and loss and family and learning to trust yourself.

There is sex, but it's not graphic, and the focus is on the emotional aspects rather than t
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Aubrey
Nov 23, 2009 Aubrey rated it it was ok
I liked the writing itself, the way Leila's dyslexia translated into a metaphor for the difficulty in understanding relationships and people around one - especially in adolescence.

I wasn't particularly a fan of Leila or her sister Clare. I was curious to know more about Rebecca, but it felt like the author gave up on that mystery towards the end of the book - as Leila fell more in love with her 31-year old boyfriend. (I also wasn't so much of a fan of the 17 year old/ 31 year old relationship.
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Melody
Oct 12, 2012 Melody rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
10/2012 I wanted to revisit this one after my uncle's suicide, and I'm glad I did. There's more depth for me here now, though I didn't get any more answers than Leila did.

5/2006 Clear, quiet and entrancing coming-of-age story. Leila is as real a character as you could wish for, and she inhabits her odd, semi-detached family with a certain prickly ease. We learn here about the ripples cast by Leila's older half-sister's suicide, and what a family can do after a tragedy like this. Just lovely. Be
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Kelly
Feb 21, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Amazing; it's a true portrait of brilliant characters. Leila, the main character, is funny and endearing- you can't help but hope for her. The odd mix of inner discovery and a family dealing with a suicide create an atmosphere as instnse as Garret Freymann-Weyr's language. Beautifully written, and artfully told, Stay With Me is one of my favorite books. I've read it a couple of time because each time I read it I discover something new about the story. It's comforting, fulfilling, and emotionally ...more
Samira
Jan 01, 2009 Samira rated it really liked it
I feel that a lot of my friends did not look closely to this book and just said "it was ok." I can understand why; its a very simple read, but it tackles issues that a are difficult for a human, let alone a teenager, to deal with. People have to understand that it is not an easy task to realize/solve an issue that one repressed for so long. I don't want to say too much because every detail, I feel, is important. Give it a chance. Its simple ending is not as simple as it seems.
Laura
Jul 12, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, suicide
i dont normally write reviews on here, but this novel really touched me.

this is a story of a 16 year old who has 2 half-sisters from her fathers prior marriage. the sister that she is close with commits suicide, and the girl spends a lot of time questioning why, and trying to find a deeper meaning behind her sisters death.

there are also very genuine family moments, and a great love story.

it just really hit close to home, and i loved it.
Denise
Dec 18, 2009 Denise rated it really liked it
Wonderful story about a teen girl who looks into the meaning of her older sisters suicide. Leila is a very mature 16/17 year old so I really enjoyed this YA novel (despite the fact that I am a few years past that age). The book is a very fast read and if I have any complaint it only be that I could have had more of this story. More flesh on its bones. It is however a beautiful story of loss, love and discovery that I recommend.
Baylie Allison
Sep 30, 2016 Baylie Allison rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: deep thinkers and anyone who thinks about great loves and whether or not they last.
Stay With Me is one of those books that, once started, is not easily put down. And it’s not until a good chunk of the way through the book that one might realize they haven’t a clue of what the book is about or what the main character’s name is, but quite frankly, the answer to either question doesn’t really matter so much as that the reader keeps reading. Garret Freyman-Weyr uses a masterful control of the English language, subtly drawing the reader in with the deep analyses that Leila is capab ...more
Katie
Aug 17, 2015 Katie rated it did not like it
Tedious, annoying, and not a single conclusion was made by the end of this book. None of the characters were likable, not even Leila's 31 year old boyfriend who decided to blissfully ignore the law and have sex with his underage girlfriend. What the hell did I just read? Was this novel full of metaphors and symbolism or was it just a bungled mess? I'd ask you to be the judge but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Alanis Haik
Sep 26, 2016 Alanis Haik rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, and books that are alike to this one. There's the right amount of things going on at the same time to keep you interested but not so many to where you're confused. I also like this book simply because of the story line, reading this book was one of the books I have actually enjoyed reading the most (because it's hard for me to find books that I really enjoy). There's not much that I didn't like about this book, only that some parts are a bit sad but nothing too bad. It' ...more
Megan
Aug 14, 2016 Megan rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. I have attempted this book twice and couldn't force myself to get all the way through. I picked this up when I was in 7th grade and couldn't finish it and now I am an adult and still couldn't finish this book. This book isn't worth my time anymore. The characters actions didn't seem believable in the situations they are in. The characters are one-dimensional to me and I never seem like I really get into Leila head. The writing style makes the plot and characters bori ...more
Lindsey
May 03, 2011 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Talk about a book I will never forget reading. This book easily ranks as one of those I think about all the time and I doubt I will ever forget it because it touched me in such a profoud way.
Emily
Jan 11, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
All I can say is amazing. It's so different from what you think it'll be and yet so perfect. The ending, while seemingly incomplete, was great for the book.
Mary
Nov 27, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
I read this book during a hard time, and I really liked it. It helped me see how to grow up even through a tough time.
Katie
Feb 17, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
The book Stay With Me is a wonderful story about love and loss and how one can lead straight to the other. Leila Abranel feels that she has been left behind when her much older sister, Rebecca, decides to take her own life. Rebecca was 20 years older than Leila and they had just truly begun to get to know one another. Leila was beginning to feel like she could talk to Rebecca about things that she couldn't talk to her parents about and then she overdosed on pills and ended any chance of a relati ...more
Preet
Apr 03, 2009 Preet rated it it was ok
What would be your first reaction if you received the news that a loved one has just been the victim of suicide? In the fictional novel, Stay With Me by Garret Freyman-Weyr, sixteen year old Leila Abranel not only endures the shock of losing her half sister Rebecca, but the questions and mystery she leaves behind as well. Why did she take her own life? Did she show signs of what she was planning to do to herself that were ignored? Why didn’t she even say goodbye? These intriguing questions beco ...more
Lola
I absolutely love this book!!!!! It has to be on my list of most read books. I discovered Stay With Me by chance in the book section of the Costco by my house. I was almost in the fifth grade and looking for something interesting and challenging. I was probably already on a high school reading level by that time and nothing I read for my age was entertaining or satisfying. This book opened up a whole new world for me. It was the first time I had read a YA novel, and I loved every single page. I ...more
Em
Jul 17, 2012 Em rated it really liked it
This is a book I wish I read when I was younger, as I think it would have had an impact on me.
This book was wonderful in that it dealt with issues such as suicide, relationships, and sexuality in a non-biased, completely realistic way.
All of the characters were fleshed-out and had distinct personalities. I liked all the characters. Maybe I wasn't too fond of Ben because he became an immature teenage boy who couldn't handle a breakup better, but we weren't supposed to love Ben because he wasn't
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Heather
Exogenously, at least, this book appears to be about suicide. But it is not, really, anymore than any of us are really what we appear to be from the outside. The suicide it appears to concern is that of Rebecca, the older half-sister of our heroine, Leila Abranel. Leila is at once a young and old soul, who looked up to her sister (the fact that she is only half a one makes a difference, but only a slight one) with an almost childlike awe, and takes her motive as a mystery to solve, but takes her ...more
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Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

When Leila's much older sister, Rebecca, kills herself, it changes the lives of everyone who knew her, and many people who didn't. But did anyone really know Rebecca, or just the face she showed them? This is just one of the questions that Leila can't help but ask herself in the months after her sister's death. Did she know Rebecca? Or did she only know Rebecca through her interactions with other people? Leila knows her father. She knew her father's
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Miss Kitty
Jun 07, 2009 Miss Kitty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: girlpower
Whoa, this was way better than I thought it would be. I read After the Moment and while I thought it was well-written, with intriguing characters, and involved a serious subject (like an Afterschool Special but actually good), I thought it kind of dragged and didn't keep my interest. I had to make myself finish it. I would say that the pacing of this novel is similar. I can call After the Moment snoresworthy but I'll be nice about Stay With Me and say it's deliberate or careful. Freymann-Weyr de ...more
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Garret Freymann-Weyr (rhymes with 'I'm on fire") is a novelist and teacher whose seven books have been banned, translated into a multitude of languages, and included in college curricula. She is a Printz honor award recipient and her short stories have been published in the Greensboro Review, the now sadly missed Christopher Street, and the anthology Starry Eyed.

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