Clara & Christian are an item. They met at a game their senior year. The connection was immediate and unmistakable. Clara is swept up into Christian's charming demeanor. He is very much smitten with Clara and it is obvious to one and all. It doesn't take long though for Christian to become controlling, jealous, and absolutely obsessive about Clara. She is fearful, yet forgiving. Until one day she has had enough. And in the middle of Fred Meyer, she dumps him. But that is not the last of Christian. At what lengths will Clara and her father go to keep her safe?
While Stay is a well written novel, it has a really dark theme. But I think it is critical for teen girls to read this book. You never know who that one girl will be that recognizes herself in Clara & her boyfriend in Christian and ends the terror before it is too late. I will say that the book is a bit confusing at first. It is written in the "Then & Now" style, but there is no clear delineation between the two. It wasn't until 2/3 of the way through the book before I figured out which was which. Overall, though, I really liked Deb Caletti's message and I liked her style of writing. It goes on sale Tuesday, 4/5 so be sure to pick one up for the teen girls in your life.