Book Review: Stay

I will not be giving out spoilers in this, or any other, review.

Summary: Savannah “Van” Leone has reached a breaking point in her life – her best friend is getting married and she’s to be the maid of honor. The only problem is that her best friend happens to be marrying the man Savannah has been pining after for the last seven years. Trying to be happy for the both of them is just too difficult, especially when wearing a dress the color of pumpkins. In a fit of defiance while downing vodka and Kool-Aid during a Rin Tin Tin marathon, she wakes up to find that she’s ordered a German Shepard puppy. From Slovakia. Enter Joe: an enormous, horse of a puppy that forces Van to open up her heart to his adorable antics and make changes in her life. These changes lead her to Alex, the local veterinarian, and Van thinks she can move on with her life with him until the newly-weds return. They bring with them past drama and trouble, but, this time, Van is dragging Alex down into it as well.

Review: I’ll read any book that has animals in it, no questions asked, especially if those animals happen to be dogs. They’re usually pretty cute and heart-warming stories, but this one definitely tops them all in my book (pardon the pun!). It starts out filled with light-hearted humor and the adorable antics of Joe and Van trying to get used to the extreme change anyone feels in their life when they bring a dog of any age home. The second half of the book reintroduces reality and less humor as Van tries to deal with all of the emotions and drama pressing on her from all sides: she is still not over the death of her mother three years prior and the newlyweds are suddenly thrust into her face, forcing her to confront the problems she has been continuously running from for years.

I really adored this book – not just because it was about dogs but also because it is so well-written. It never became another piece of “chick literature” or became too cliche. It would be so easy to pigeon-hole Stay as any of those two, or maybe just another book about a woman that is trying to find “the one” in her life. Admittedly, it has elements of all of these but down at its heart, where it completely and utterly succeeded in its intent, is what it’s really about: a woman getting a dog and subsequently finding herself. Van found her footing – her spine, if you will – and stopped running, stopped trying to please everyone in her life without thinking of herself even just a little.

While the book is humorous, I would not say it makes you think, and if that is what you’re looking for, Stay might not be the book for you. It’s an incredibly fast read, though; I finished it in about 2 hours waiting at the dentist’s office. It’s one of those go-to books for in between readings, perfect if you’re a reader recovering from an emotionally-trying book or wanting to get away from another page-turner that is doing its absolute best to give you a headache!

Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars 

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~ by Page Flirt on December 29, 2011.

One Response to “Book Review: Stay”

  1. That looks like my German Shepherd mutt when he was a pup! Obviously a must-read, haha.

    Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover?

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