Author: Deb Caletti
Published by Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 5th 2011
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: (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....
Stay was a heartbreakingly relaistic book. It was a very emotional read for me. It's definitely a read where you really care about the characters.
Deb Caletti's writing has always spoken to me. Her writing tells the simplest of truths in sentimental and lyrical ways. I have noticed this in the other novels I have read by her, but I noticed it most in Stay. Even if you cannot relate to what the main character is going through, you will be able to relate to the simple truths about life.
The characters are well-fleshed out. Every single one of them. Clara herself, Christian, Clara's Dad, Sylvie, and Finn. Clara is definitely a great main character.....she is easy to relate to in her personality and opinions, and no matter what a damper the obsessive relationship put on her, she still is a strong person. And Finn.....Mr. Hotness!! I don't think I'd ever get enough of him!
I was under the impression that Stay was about an abusive relationship, but I quickly found out that it was more of an obsessive relationship. I have no idea why I thought that. But this book is completely realistic and captures the poisonous relationship perfectly. Like I said, it is heartbreaking.
Overall, Stay is a book that can take your breath away. Not necessarily in a good way, but it still can. I can't wait to see what Deb Caletti writes up next!