Review: Stay by Deb Caletti
Simon Pulse, ISBN 978-1-4424-0373-4
Rating: 3 ~ It’s Okay
When Clara Oates first laid eyes on Christian Nilsson, it was love at first sight. He was sweet, nice and they instantly clicked. But, the longer they spend time with each other, the insecure and possessive side of Christian begins to be revealed more and more. Initially, Clara dismisses it as jealousy but soon finds herself trapped in a web being wound tighter and tighter around her. Now, Clara is spending summer at the seaside with her father. She wants to escape from Christian but deep in her heart, she senses the danger that always accompanies the obsessive Christian.
I found Stay to be a suspense-filled book. Judging from the hints littered in the book, there was no doubt that there will be some kind of showdown between Clara and Christian. The suspense was what kind of showdown would it be? The book is written in a first-person voice and almost every chapter alternates between flashbacks of Clara’s past with Christian and her present holiday with her father. Midway through the book, it is also revealed how Clara’s mother had died. I like the intensity of the story and how Deb Caletti manages to weave the “then” and “present” stories of Clara’s life together so that both parts blend in beautifully. After reading (actually reading, not skimming!) the whole book, I still couldn’t figure how the title of the book fits into the whole story. There was a very short part of the story where “stay” seems to be emphasized but other than that, I don’t know how the title is supposed to be relevant to the book. Overall, the plot of the book made it a wonderful read although the language bothered me a little. There were some explicit words used and I didn’t like that.
Deb Caletti is a best-selling and award-winning author. She wrote her first novel in 2002 and has since written seven books. Her second book, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, was a National Book Award finalist. Besides being a writer, Caletti is also a painter, lyricist, and speaker on writing and life as an author. Check out her website at http://debcaletti.com/.
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