Stay by 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....
I knew you wouldn't disappoint me Caletti, I just knew it. This book...gosh I don't even have the words to express how amazing this book was. Have you ever read a book that just made so much sense and connected to you in such a way that it left you thinking about it for days later? Because that's how I felt reading this book.
“It wasn’t fair for a person to shove himself at you again and again when you wanted them gone. We should have the right to have someone leave when we want, to only allow those in who we want in. But the truth is, people can force their way into your life whenever they choose. If they want to remind you forevermore that they exist, they will. They can reappear in a card or a call or a “chance” meeting, they can remember your birthday or the day you met with some innocuous small note. No matter how little they matter in your new life, they can insist on being seen and recognized and remembered.”
Clara the main character speaks to you in a way that no other character can. She tells her story, and she really connect with the reader. The thing that I loved most about this book is how real everything was. When we read story about a couple falling love it's always the same thing: girl likes boy, boy likes girl, they fall in love, the end. But in this story we find out what happens when you fall in love, and things don't turn out the way you hoped. Clara loved Christian and a part of her always will but the big difference between her and all the other girls in novels is that she knows when things have gone to far. She realizes their relationship is not healthy and even though a big part of her wants to be with him, she knows she needs to leave.
“You read all kinds of books and see all kinds of movies about the man who is obsessed and devoted, whose focus is a single solid beam, same as the lighthouse and that intense, too. It is Heathcliff with Catherine. It is a vampire with a passionate love stronger than death. We crave that kind of focus from someone else. We'd give anything to be that "loved." But that focus is not some soul-deep pinnacle of perfect devotion - it's only darkness and the tormented ghosts of darkness. It's strange, isn't it, to see a person's gaping emotional wounds, their gnawing needs, as our romance? We long for it, I don't know why, but when we have it, it is a knife at our throat on the banks of Greenlake. It is an unwanted power you'd do anything to be rid of. A power that becomes the ultimate powerlessness.”
Obsession is not something that should be taken lightly, and I like how in this novel it truly opened my eyes to how serious it could get. I don't know about you guys but I've read a lot of books where the guy falls in love with the girl and it's almost like he's obsessed with her because "he can't get enough"; I used to think it was so romantic how he would get incredibly jealous and want her all to himself, but now I'm seriously questioning the authors message. In Stay, Clara makes it clear from the beginning how scary and not romantic it is when you can't even look at anyone without you're boyfriend accusing you of cheating and verbally abusing you.
Deb Caletti really outdid herself in this book and it's honestly got to be my favorite one from her so far! It's really a shame that she doesn't get the attention she deserves, but I know for a fact that she will keep writing amazing stories that ultimately change peoples lives. Because this book definitely changed my life, and I don't think I'll ever be the same. You have to give this book a chance, trust me you will not be sorry. And not to keep ranting on but I have yet to read one bad review about this book, and that's probably because this book is so close to perfection it's almost impossible to not like it.
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