Monday, November 22, 2010

Stay with Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr

Grade: A+


Stay With Me
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Character Development: 10/10!
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 69/70

Obtained: Library.

Age Appropriate? R

Cursing: Yes, but limited.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Some adult drinking, references to using pills illegally (forged prescription)
Sexual Content: Much. Several actual scenes that are kind of graphic, in a sense. A lot of discussion. Also, illegal relationships/sexual activity because of age.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Suicide is a major theme. References to the 9/11 attack on New York.


Stay With Me  is a true masterpiece of character development, as well as being one of the most touching books I've read in a long time.The story was challenging, strange, intelligent. It expected the patience and awareness of its reader, and was unapologetically true. It did not try to be spectacular or extraordinary or stand out--and yet it did all these things, quietly to itself.

This deals with all sorts of difficult subjects--divorce, independence, suicide, sex, love, broken families, dyslexia. But the narrator, a teenage girl working through all these issues by herself, is such a strong, beautiful character, and just so real, that it makes these things relatively minor. It isn't about the struggles, or how hard life is--it is about Leila, her emotional growth, and learning to live. Her narration is like a transcript straight out of her heart, and, though she has problems I have never dealt with, they resonate universally, because they are not normal. How many of us actually deal with problems we think of as "normal"? Leila's life--and the book itself--is the opposite of normal. Or maybe it's unusually normal. But her analytical, self-doubting, good-hearted nature complements her story so well, you cannot help but hurt and heal along with her.


Garret Freyman-Weyr

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