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Preview — Stay by Deb Caletti
From the beloved National Book Award finalist author comes a novel of love-turned-obsession...
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 s...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Here's what I thought:
Story - ★★★★★
Characters - ★★★★★
Writing - ★★★★★
Ending - ★★
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. B ...more
“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 relationsh ...more
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 ...more
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 h ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 it´s 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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What do you call an intimate relationship? - Intense? but do you know that it can sometime ...more
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 ...more
What I liked the most about Stay was that Deb Caletti alternated chapters from Clara's pa ...more
The only times I ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
After seeing the rating this book has on this site, I thought it would be a good read. I wasn’t disappointed of course, the writing was brilliant. And I really enjoyed the way the chapters alternated between past and present.
There are, however, reasons for why I have given it three stars.
Good points: It was funny. Gulliver. The dog Sylvie owns (can’t remember the mutts name). The deep writing.
Not-so-good points: Not sure if I liked, or even got, the characters. It was fast with Fi ...more