Monday, February 27, 2012
What? You mean there are no fairies, no ghosts, no vampires, no angels, no werewolves...no otherworldly beings of ANY KIND? No end-of-the-world scenarios, no mysterious super-powered heroes, no trips into outer space? Yes, that's right, occasionally a young adult author DOES write unadorned fiction about real people going about their real lives in the present day! One of the better ones is Deb Caletti, and I just read her newest book, Stay.
I really liked this book. The relationships felt genuine, and I like that Caletti makes room in her book for others besides those of the teen protagonists--Clara's dad's back story and present entanglements add to the suspense surrounding the whole summer.
I also liked that this was a stand-alone book, with a beginning, a middle and an end--no sequels needed, no obvious loose ends dangling, and with a satisfying conclusion! Read it and see what you think...