Review: Stay

Title: Stay
Author: Deb Caletti

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….

Jealousy can make people do crazy things. For Christian, he actually went crazy. You’ve heard of abusive boyfriends, and you’ve heard of possessive ones. To Christian, Clara was his and his alone. She couldn’t even joke around with his friends without him going insane. The way Caletti wrote this novel was every other chapter reflected Clara’s relationship with Christian and then the other half of the chapters was devoted to telling the present story of her life.

The one thing I really loved about this book was her relationship with her father and the fact that they were like best friends almost, and it reminded me of my relationship with my own father. This books felt real, a storyline that held no fantasy because there are people like that in the real world. It was horrifyingly and amazingly realistic.

After this novel, I want to try reading her other books as well!

“An untold story has a weight that can submerge you, sure as a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean.”

“We see a promise as a personal law, and we see the people who break them as private-life criminals. We think it automatically, one of those truths that just is to us: breaking a promise is a bad, bad thing. A promise can be as buoyant as whispered words or solemn as a marriage vow, but we view it as something pure and untouchable when it should never be either of those things. If a promise is a personal law, a contract, then it ought to be layered with fine print, rules and conditions, promises within those promises, and whether we like it or not, it ought to be something we can snatch back, that we should snatch back, if those rules are violated.”

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