Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Stay by Deb Caletti

Grade: A+!


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....

Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 68/70

Obtained: Borrowed from Jill at Reading is Bliss

Age Appropriate? PG13
Cursing: Yep.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Mentioned, I believe.
Sexual Content: References
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Obsessive Relationship (leads to some violence)

A story of truth, a story of love, of fear, of change, of growth. A story that does not disappoint. Absolutely astounding.

Deb Caletti incorporates the rawest of emotions, the wittiest of dialogue, and the truest of characters in Stay. Everything in this book is real. Clara is a strong, likable character, and her narration is perfect: interesting, easy to follow, and still intensely true and relate-able.

The strong use of figurative language isn't overwhelming or over-used. Every sentence, metaphor, allusion, is absolutely necessary to understanding the beauty of this story. Each contribution adds to the reader's interpretation of the entire mosaic of the characters, setting, and whole dynamic of the story. But it does it in such a way that the understanding slips into the reader; and a deep care for these characters is implanted; then soon the emotion and turbulence of the story takes hold and does not release its grip.

Once again... absolutely astounding. Raw and true. Pick it up, read it, and you will not be disappointed.


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