Monday, March 21, 2011


By Deb Caletti
April 2011

Summary: Clara’s relationship with Christian was intense from the start; they were the perfect match. However, the intensity of their relationship starts feeling a little dangerous when Christian starts becoming possessive, obsessive and a little violent. In a bid to start fresh, Clara and her father flee the city and Christian for the summer. As Clara reflects on her role in Christian’s obsession, she begins to wonder if she will ever be free.

Review: Caletti once again creates a beautiful and engaging story that captivates the reader completely. Caletti’s strength lies in her characters who are honest and relatable. Clara is a likable character who reflects on her mistakes and struggles to overcome obstacles. Caletti also writes rich side characters, people you love as much as the main characters. Her writing is always fluid and sweeps you into the story. It is easy to get lost in a Caletti novel. Finally, where some of her stories can have a slower pace to them, with a focus on character rather than plot, Stay was actually rather fast-paced with a lot of suspense. Through flashbacks, Caletti did a great job of building up the story of Christian’s obsession, alongside the present day suspense of him finding Clara. Her best yet.

Also by Deb Caletti: Six Rules of Maybe, The Secret Life of Prince Charming, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye, Honey, Baby Sweetheart, The Nature of Jade

If you liked Stay, you might also enjoy: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Additional Info: If you like Deb Caletti’s books you might notice some of the characters and places showing up again and again. She has a pretty cool character and location map on her website here.

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Writing: 4/4
Characters: 4/4
Plot: 3.5/4
Originality: 3/4
Popularity 3/4
Cover 3.5/4

Grade Level: S


Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Glad to see someone else who loved this one... I definitely thought it was a gorgeously written book.

Katie said...

I haven't read anything by Caletti, but I LOVE it when authors have repeat characters across their books! It's so much fun to find beloved characters in unexpected places :)

Are you by any chance a Chris Crutcher fan? I think he's probably one of the best writers of ALL TIME, and one of his recent books - Angry Management - was almost like a "reunion" novel, with many different characters from his other books all coming together.

You have me excited to read pretty much anything by Deb Caletti now!!

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