Stay by Deb Caletti

Stay by Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Simon & Schuster Galley Grab)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: 4.5.2011
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....

"Wow." That's basically the only word I could transmit once I finished reading Stay. I loved it. I loved it just as much, and possibly more than, the best books I have read this year...not because of a beautiful romance, or sexy characters, but because it was profound and enlightening. In fact, I'm including a few quotes in this review, because the book was full of profound and enlightening passages.

Stay resonates with me in ways I can't even put into words. It can be hard to understand abuse, and why someone would ever put up with it (I'm not judging here; I've had my own experiences with abuse). There is an honesty to the pages of this book, allowing the reader to think about Clara's situation, and really understand it and even identify with Clara; allowing the reader to see inside those moments when it is happening, and she feels like she wants to do something about it, but doesn't know how, and then she decides to brush it off or shoulder it, as if it were all her fault. Somehow, Caletti is able to let the reader see how easily one can go down that path, and not even realize it.
"It's strange, isn't it, how the idea of belonging to someone can sound so great? It can be comforting, the way it makes things decided. We like the thought of being held, until it's too tight. We like that certainty, until it means there is no way out. And we like being his, until we realize we're not ours anymore."
-Stay, by Deb Caletti
I was hooked from the first page. The story is set up nicely, leaving you wondering what happened to set everything in motion as it did. Caletti removed herself from the story, allowing it to be told by Clara. This is done so well, that the reader feels involved; like it were happening to a best friend right at that very moment. I love that there are also footnotes, where "Clara" wanted to give more information about something she was talking about. It's a cute addition that gives more credit to the story.
"I've heard that people stay in bad situations because a relationship like that gets turned up by degrees. It is said that a frog will jump out of a pot of boiling water. Place him in a pot and turn it up a little at a time, and he will stay until he is boiled to death. Us frogs understand this."
-Stay, by Deb Caletti
The characters in Stay are very developed, especially Christian (the jerk), and Clara's dad. Clara, herself, is a great character, and I loved the view inside her head the book gave. The town that she and her dad run away to is such a charming place, and full of character. I couldn't help but laugh at the names of every place they came across (read the book and you'll get it); pretty clever stuff.
"People can attach themselves to something--an idea, another person, a desire--with an impossibly strong grip, and in the case of restless ghosts, a grip stronger than death. Will is a powerful thing. Will--it's supposed to be a good trait, a more determined and persistent version of determination and persistence. Bit will and obsession--they sit right next to each other. They pretend to be strangers and all the while meet secretly at midnight."
-Stay, by Deb Caletti
My final thoughts are that Stay is definitely a favorite book (I'm buying a copy, and it's going on the good shelf.), and highly recommend it. Be prepared for your emotions to get involved, though. Stay is deep, emotional, read. Definitely worthy of the Fever Inducer title.

Read this if:
...just read it! It's great!

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{There were a lot of swear words in this book, and most of them were the 'F' word, or religious names.}


  1. I have an e-galley of this. I just hate the f bomb though. Debating to read it or not, because it sounds so good. :)

  2. Great review. I've been seeing this one around. I'll definitely give it a look when I am ready for an emotional read.

  3. Jackie: I agree. I was sort of cringing throughout it, hoping each f bomb would be the last. The story was just too good to put it down, though!

    Alexis: Thanks! I hope you do give it a go, and I hope you love it! :)

  4. I had the same thought when I finished reading Stay! xD Love your review on Stay and I'm now a new follower of yours! :) Looking forward to reading more of your reviews!

  5. Thank you! Wasn't it such a great book?! Thanks for your comment!

  6. Awesome review! I loved this one too. Such a beautiful, beautiful book! :)

  7. Thanks, Mia! I'm glad you liked this one too. It was so good!


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