Author: Allie Larkin
Release Date: June 10, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Savannah Leone (nicknamed “Van”) is the maid of honor at her best friend Janie’s wedding. The trouble is the groom is Peter, her other best friend and the guy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Depressed and alone after their wedding, Van proceeds to get drunk in her condo and, after watching Rin Tin Tin into the wee hours of the morning, orders a German Shepherd puppy online. Van has no idea what she’s getting into, or how this sweet (if giant) dog will end up changing her life.
I’d heard great things about Stay but was a little bit hesitant to pick it up and start reading it. While I like dogs, I’m not really a dog person, and I didn’t really want to read an entire novel about a puppy. I was surprised to find, then, that this book was not actually about a dog. Sure, Joe the German Shepherd played a large role in the novel, but it was more about the catalyst he provided to change Van’s life.
I absolutely adored Van. I thought she was smart, resourceful, and very funny. I hated how she didn’t stand up for herself, yet at the same time I wondered if she was oversensitive and maybe didn’t see situations clearly. I loved how I didn’t really know what to think, or whose side I really sympathized with because it was like real life – everyone has their side of the story. People can be right and wrong at the same time. Larkin has a gift for peering into people and writing them truly and honestly.
I was very emotionally invested in Stay, which is some of the highest praise there is for a book, in my opinion. If you care about the characters, if the author has made them come alive for you, then there’s no way it won’t be an amazing book, regardless of other flaws. Luckily for the reader, the story is just as solid as the character development. Larkin provides an entertaining plot that completely lives up to the promise of its main characters.
Stay was a wonderful and sweet novel about a woman’s quest to find herself, and the bumps in the road along the way. I really loved every minute I spent with this novel and simply cannot wait for Larkin’s next one. Whether you’re looking for a great novel about a woman finding herself, or just want to spend some time with a German Shepherd puppy, I can’t recommend Stay highly enough.