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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

Hardcover, 313 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Morgan F
I always knew you had it in you, Caletti. I've read a few books of yours, and while they were good, certainly more substantial than most YA literature, there has always been something missing. I think, whatever that is, you've found it.

Clara is at the age when she is supposed to spending time with her friends in the last summer before college and her future starts. Instead, her and her father have packed their bags and are leaving town to spend the summer in small coastal town where no one know
Sometimes that’s all you need. To know it’s not broken. To know you’re still whole and that you’ll heal.

Wow! This book is absolutely amazing and horrifyingly realistic. Five stars plus more for Stay by Deb Caletti!

I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of books in my lifetime and yet I can count the number of novels that have made me cry on one hand and one hand alone. It takes an amazing author who writes with a pen filled with power to push me into that emotional pocket of reality and hold me captiv
Dec 21, 2013 Cara rated it it was amazing
This story just made so much sense. You know in that way how you feel somebody really understands the way you think? That's how I felt the whole time reading this. Not to say I've ever been through anything like this, not even close.

Clara sees herself as a normal girl. Nothing too spectacular but all that changes when she meets Christian. He's enigmatic and charismatic (gotta be careful of the matic's obviously) and makes her feel powerful and like a whole new person with countless possibilities
This is my first Deb Caletti book and won't be my last because I LOVED it. Stay is masterfully written and so powerfully honest, it is just an absolutely brilliant read.

Stay is the story of Clara, a normal teenage girl. It is just her and her Dad as Clara's Mum pasted away when she was younger. Clara meets Christian and quickly falls in love. At first he appears to be the perfect boyfriend - sweet, caring, gorgeous and treats her so well. But Christian becomes controlling and obsessive. It is to
Emily May
Jun 14, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
***Beware of mild spoilers, i.e. nothing that's going to really ruin it for you***

Here's what I thought:

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The novel was absolutely wonderful until the ending that never happened. I mean, there was no resolution and there really needed to be when you're dealing with this kind of story. May I just say, Deb Caletti writes so beautifully; she makes each chapter read like poetry.

"I saw it as praise, falling down now like glittering snowflakes. But it was someth
“It was clear I was standing beside Christian on the highest ledge of a building. I was looking down. I could see the street way, way below and the tiny people and the tiny cars honking: I could feel the cement wall under my hands and the sick feeling in my stomach. Doing what I needed to do to get off safely – it surely meant Christian would jump.”

Stay is the story of a naïve teenage girl who falls in love with a handsome guy. Their relationship is intense from the start – Clara can’t bear th
I've never read anything by Deb Calleti before, but I've always heard really great things about her books. Stay may have been the first book I've ever read from this author, but it definitely wont be my last.

Stay is about a girl named Clara Oates who is your average girl, shy, content and never was the very bold or daring kind, that is till she first seen Christian Nilsson.
Christian, once was that really great boyfriend. Sweet, funny and kind but soon he became easily jealous, overly controlling
Dec 21, 2015 Lamia rated it really liked it
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This would normally earn 3.5 stars from me because I rate books based on how I felt about them, not how well-written they are or how awesome the plot/characters are. But I can't in good conscience give this less than 4 stars. I can't bring myself to. So I'm rounding up. And you know what? I don't mind, because this book deserves it.

This is a story about love, loss, family and overcoming your fears. It's the strength of a father-daughter relationship, the
Eva Leger
Oct 29, 2010 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b-fiction, y-a
This could not be fiction. It could so easily be non-fiction it's scary. Caletti's voice is bulls-eye accurate. There are people who love words and people who love words. Calletti loves words. She can string a set of words together and paint the most vivid picture in her readers heads.
I probably read a great portion of this with my mouth open in amazement. I had no idea what I was in for when I opened this book. I not only found a new favorite author but a new all-time favorite book in Stay. Th
Jun 21, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, for-review
FINALLY! Finally it’s happened to me. A book where the creepy relationship is played out as exactly that. Oh, friends, the heavens must have opened and sung a beautiful song while Deb Caletti wrote Stay, because this book straight up gets it. It gets that bad relationships are bad. Obsessive relationships are scary, not sexy.

Read the rest of my review here
Apr 07, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
This book is horrible. There is no real coherent thought in regards to this story and the stalking element is very dull and wishy-washy. The heroine is one-dimensional and not well rounded at all. This is a very flat read that's all over the place. Cardboard emotions and descriptions comes to mind.

Plus, if the heroine is still recovering from her obsessive boyfriend, why would she be so interested in other boys she meets over the summer?

A very disappointing read that I can't understand was publi
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Overall I did like this book. Not too many books will touch on the subject of abuse, especially in popular young adult books.

I have a friend who is pretty much in the exact same situation, only she doesn't want to leave. It's very frustrating. It was hard to read this, just because of that. All I could think about was my friend, and how she deals with that every single day. I noticed how Clara tiptoed around conversations. She filtered what she said so she wouldn't make Christian upset. That is
In Stay, Deb Caletti masterfully tackles one of the most disturbing trends in YA literature: obsessive, possessive love portrayed as alluring and romantic and passionate. It's not. It's unhealthy and suffocating and alarming.

Finally. FINALLY we have a book that discusses the seriousness of this type of emotional abuse with realism. Where did Deb Caletti do her research? Her words bleed with authenticity. The way she writes Christian is flawless...the flashes and hints of jealousy and neediness
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Well,this is what happened. I picked up this book and I just could't get into it. First night I just read 4 pages,the second night wasn't any better. But I was determined to finish it today even if it turned out to be awful. I was thinking I will have to give it 2 stars,I just know it... Then the shift came out of nowhere and I could't put it down.
The main character had this boyfriend Christian who was sweet but we already know he is a total psycho. He is controlling(checks her texts and e-mail
*4.5 stars*

Some time ago I read Dreamland by Sarah Dessen and I absolutely loved it. The whole love-turns-into-obsession topic really, really intrigues me. So it was natural I was so into reading Stay too, once I read it’s summary on Goodreads a whole while back.

So when I got this book on GalleyGrab, I was beyond excited—and I know I seem to say that about every other book, but I was really thrilled to get my hands on this one, considering how much I love contemporary novels and how I’ve been wa
Dec 13, 2014 Ariana rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, emotional
~4.5 stars~
"I tried to read that book again before I went to sleep. I didn’t like that book, but I kept going for all the reasons a person hangs in with something that isn’t good-you feel bad about not giving it a chance, you've already come too far to give up now, you believe its going to get better. When you're a person whose life has mostly brought good things, you believe in goodness. You believe that things will work out. Even the worst things will work out. You believe in a happy ending.

Sep 02, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
I recognize that this was not one of the books I said I would read next, but when I came across it at my school's library, I immediately snatched it up and devoured it. I read this in a singly day, and it takes a lot for a book to pull me in that fast.

Going into this, I knew the story surrounded an abusive relationship. What I found surprising was the way in which the abuse began and played out. Typically, if a teen novel/film presents a very disturbing relationship, it is because the boyfriend
Apr 24, 2011 Thomas rated it really liked it
Deb Caletti is finally growing into her own. Stay is a heartbreaking, honest story about an obsessive relationship - the protagonist, Clara, moves to a beach town for the summer to escape her ex-boyfriend, Christian. There she encounters new friends and begins the healing process while learning about the secrets of her past.

Caletti's insight is inspiring - her ability to weave wisdom into even the most ordinary, everyday things is her trademark. Her writing turned me off in a couple of her previ
Steph Su
Apr 14, 2011 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-11
Wow. Wow wow wow. I think I’d use the following words to describe STAY: disturbing. Beautiful. Painful. Delicately strong. STAY eloquently captures the tremulous aftermath of an emotionally harmful relationship, told in a beautiful and not overbearing prose.

The sad and scary fact is that people go through Clara’s situation every day. I know several friends who are in such relationships. And the terrifying thing about it is that there is only so much you can do to help those people. I wish I coul
Nov 02, 2014 Ini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I sat down to type out my review but I was completely out of words to describe the poignancy and beauty of Stay by Deb Caletti. Caletti makes the characters incredibly real and relatable. Very rarely I come across a book that strikes a chord within me. This book will Stay with me forever and definitely will go to the top tier of my favorite books. I let Stay to saturate in me and devoured every part of it.

What do you call an intimate relationship? - Intense? but do you know that it can sometime
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Feb 22, 2015 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it really liked it
Having read the author's other books, Nature of Jade, Six Rules of Maybe, Honey Baby Sweetheart and now Stay, I liked this one as well.

I was drawn by the cover and story. This was interesting. Moments where it got a little creepy and other times, you wondered what will happen with that character and how the story gets resolved.

I liked some of the characters, especially the relationship of Clara and her writer dad and what their going through. Their moments were adorable. The character developme
Nov 07, 2011 Tauna rated it it was ok
The writing style bothered me, especially the footnotes and frequent breaks in the story to attempt to ponder and expand on pointless little details. The storyline was also disappointing. The book is about a girl trying to escape her obsessive and emotionally unstable ex-boyfriend by moving away with her dad for the summer. I was waiting for some kind of dramatic encounter, but the big confrontation ended up with the boyfriend sobbing and running away. Really? Okay. That was lame. 1 1/2 - 2 star ...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Mar 19, 2012 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it it was amazing
I’ve read several books about abusive or just unhealthy relationships and some were good, but none of them ever felt completely believable. Stay by Deb Caletti is the exception. This is a breathtaking book in so many ways. It’s realistic and beautifully written. It’s not just about a unhealthy relationship. It’s also about family and forgiveness.

The way the story is told was one of my favorite parts. The chapters alternate between what is happening now and what happened in the past with Clara an
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Feb 01, 2011 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it really liked it
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Shelves: for-review
More and more I am getting into YA Fiction that isn't Paranormal. When I read the synopsis for Stay I really wanted to read it. I've never read any books by Deb Caletti, but I did know that she was a very popular author. I got the chance to read Stay through Simon and Schuster's Galley Grab. I read Stay pretty quickly and found that the story was quite fast paced. Deb Caletti's writing style was very simple.

What I liked the most about Stay was that Deb Caletti alternated chapters from Clara's pa
Jan 28, 2012 Meagan rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
If you’re like me, there are times where you’ve read a book and nodded along with a good line once or twice. Those lines were so satisfactory that you had to acknowledge it – even if it wasn’t to anyone in specific, your pillow had to know. There are other times where you’ve read a book, but it wasn’t until the very end that you nodded. Not because it didn’t feel the same, but it took until you got to the very end for it to sink in completely and leave you with that satisfaction.

The only times I
Sally Monem
Feb 17, 2013 Sally Monem rated it it was amazing
Stay by Deb Calleti is a very moving novel about a girl named Clara Oates, who struggles with battling against her boyfriend. The story takes place when Clara finds out her boyfriend is crazy, and tries to escape his clutches. The rest of the novel is basically an account of what happened with Clara’s boyfriend, and about what is happening in the new little beach town she moved too. The novel portrays the struggle Clara had to face when overcoming her problems, while it is also a powerful anecd ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Valerie rated it really liked it
Hope I remember this right. The book was about a girl who has gotten out of a horrible (to put it lightly) relationship with her stalker boyfriend, and this is not me being sarcastic. Clara learns how to live with the past on her summer after graduating high school.

What surprised me most about Stay was that Clara was kind of ashamed of the past relationship because she felt responsible for letting it go so far, but it’s always easier to say its okay when it isn't you. It's easier to say 'it wasn
May 23, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
This was a cross between the movie 'Sleeping With The Enemy' and a Lifetime movie. Anyone who knows me KNOWS I try to find anything I can redeemable about a book I read; I realize that an author puts their entire self into their work and I don't take that lightly. However....I must say....this book completely missed the mark. It was over the top, mixing cliches with an abuse story, and all in all, was completely unrealistic. The protagonist is the end, I had no idea who she ...more
I'll be honest. I've never really enjoyed any of Caletti's works before. Her narrators have never really been likable, she tends to write about the same issue in a variation of ways - the way men act horrible towards women - and I usually like a little more romance in my books and less preachy-ness.

I'm so glad the cover for STAY tied me in enough to really get into this one, instead of just reading the first few pages and moving on because of lack of interest. This book was full of everything I
Jul 30, 2011 Olivia rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL! I don't know of any other word to describe this story than that. The book is so captivating and so realistic. Truly the best out of Deb Caletti's work. From the very first page, the heroine Clara, captures you into her world of a victim of obsession and abuse.

The book is told is alternating chapters, starting with the present then the next chapter going back to the past to tell how it all began. I loved how Caletti did that! I found that intriguing and made me keep reading until my mo
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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Last Forever,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, and was followed wit ...more
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“I've heard that people stand in bad situations because a relationship like that gets turned up by degrees. It is said that a frog will jump out of a pot of boiling water. Place him in a pot and turn it up a little at a time, and he will stay until he is boiled to death. Us frogs understand this.” 255 likes
“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.” 185 likes
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