Something Borrowed meets Must Love Dogs in this big- hearted debut about friendship, love, and a German Shepherd named Joe.
Savannah "Van" Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke ever since she literally fell head over heels in front of him on the first day of college. Now, six years later, instead of standing across from hi...more
But what we have is a Savannah, known to her friends as Van, a woman who puts her romantic life on hold over a crush--for seven years! Ack.
And when the crush, Peter, finally ties the knot with Van's best friend, Janie (cliche alert), he immediately realizes that the girl he got was incredibly high-maintenance, putting him in the "too dumb to live" category. Nonetheless, he goes off with new wife--on a honeymoo...more
I love romantic and pet stories; and I bought this book hoping I can read more lovely stories about some dogs, but I was disappointed on how the story was structured: there is a dog in the story, but the story is more centered on the poor pitiful girl - Van.
I'm not saying all stories should centered only on the dogs, but "Stay" can just dispose the idea of the dog and still progresses fine.
I mean, there is just so lit...more
In the beginning, the protagonist Van is drowning in despair. She feels utterly alone. Her mother is dead. Her best friend Janie has just mar...more
I want to liken this to a YA novel? not for any reason except for the way this book felt. it felt. it...more
I am a sucker for dog stories and loved this one. Joe (the puppy) is an engaging side character and delightfully helps Van move forward from what her l...more
To make things weirder - I really liked this book :-) It was heartwarming, (minor spoiler alert), had a happy ending on all fronts and was well-written. We went to Thanksgiving dinner ye...more
If I could recommend only one book to read this summer, it might very well be Stay. There’s some stiff competition, but I adored this book from Joe’s doggie antics, to Van’s journey. This book captured my heart – so much so that I wanted to reach out and wrap my arms around Van at every turn. Stay is about unrequited love, finding oneself and starting over and was wrapped in warmth and humour. It’s touching, charming and full of laugh out loud moments along th...more
Girl is all sad that her best friend (whose parents employed her mother, so they are sort of more like sisters then anything) married the guy she had been crushing on in college (Something Blue, anyone??) and in a fit of drunkenness, buys a Ger...more
This is just a really great book.
Stay surprised me in the absolute best way possible. I'll admit that I accepted a review copy based solely on that adorable pup on the cover (don't judge) and expected a l...more
Savannah “Van” Leone’s life is not turning out the way she intended. Her best friend, Janie, is marrying the man Van has been in love with for six years. To make matters worse, she is the maid of honor and has to silently endure her heartbreak, while wishing both of her friends happiness. So she does the only rational thing while drunk, order a loyal companion in the shape of a German Shepherd puppy from the internet.
Van’s narration was very witty and filled with tons of dry humor that I loved....more
Okay, let's be honest here. If you're anything like me, you don't read a book like this because it's a lyrical masterpiece or because you expect to get a lot out of it. You read it for entertainment, and because you like things that wrap up in nice boxes with happy endings. You read it because it's fun. Like candy for the brain.
And it didn’t help any when, rather than drunk-dialing or dr...more
::: The Plot :::
Savanannah Leone has lost everything. Her father t...more
After the ceremony, Van goes home and finds herself drowning her sorrows in drink and a "Rin Tin Tin" TV series marathon. She decides she needs companionship and feels that a German Shepherd (Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd) is the answer to her problems.
She orders a German Shepherd puppy off the internet, not realizi...more
In the new novel Stay by Allie Larkin we are presented with the same age-old question, do you swoon and lust after a man who doesn’t want you or fall hard for the new man who wants you? Savannah ‘Van’ Leone is presented with this question when her best friend-Jane- steals the man of her dreams, or at least this is how she sees it. Savannah has been in love with Peter Clarke ever since she set her...more
The characters spring to life from the first sentence in Allie Larkin’s debut novel, Stay. Savannah “Van” Leone has sacrificed other possible relationships and put all her hopes and dreams in one basket. She is devastated when her ultimate love blindsides her, begins a romance with her best friend, and marrying Janie instead of Van. There are always consequences to alcohol consumption, as Savannah soon finds out. She orders a dog from the internet to assuage her...more
Van, I loved Van's story. With one foo...more
The concept was good but the execution poor. It was so predictable and cheesy. Plus, Van (Savannah) was so messy. This shouldn't matter but it really grossed me out. When she got back from her best friend Janie's wedding, she got drunk, since Janie married the man she'd always wanted to marry, Peter.
She ended up over the toilet and it s...more
Stay is a story that will do one of three things: make you laugh, make you cry, or both. I did both. I laughed at all the humorous thoughts and antics that Allie added to Van's life. I cried when I sa...more
Though I am a couple of decades older than the protagonist of Stay, I can remember how it felt to be a few years past college and a few years shy of what I considered "adulthood". Van is floundering in this particular gray zone, without the support of parents or siblings. Her two best friends, one her secret crush for years, have found each other and gotten married, and Van feels like her world has come to an end.
It is against this backdrop of unfairness and emotional t...more
I liked this story a lot however, I only gave it 3 stars for two reasons. First, it seemed like too much of an easy read to give it a 4 star rating. Second, it seemed all too familiar. If you've read Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed, you will know what I mean! Each book starts out with the same premise - girl in love with boy since college - boy marries girl's...more
Allie Larkin has an art keeping the reader curious till...more
I was a little leery about reading a story that starts out with a young woman who lets her best friend marry the one she loved. The relationships are very tangled. Her mother was best friends with her best friend’s mother and housekeeper for them until she died from cancer. Savannah is grieving for her mother. Instead of taking care of her, her friend, her old boyfriend and her friend’s mother a...more
After the wedding hoopla she decides to drown her sorrows with a little Vodka and a Rin-Tin-Tin movie marathon. During the night she drunk orders a puppy off the internet. When the puppy arrives she f...more