Friday, March 21, 2014

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.


Kritters Thoughts:  Emily has endured a very public tragedy and escapes to her aunt's home and then boarding school to recover.  The reader is given bits and pieces of the story as it unfolds, but only as it is needed.  

If you are a reader that is not in any remote way a fan of poetry, you may want to skip this one.  As our main character incorporates the poetry that she is currently writing into the story and is quite obsessive about Emily Dickinson; I enjoyed having her poetry add to the story, but I am not the hugest of poetry fans.

This one is definitely not for the faint of heart because of the serious young adult subjects it tackles, no sunshine and rainbows in this one!  I liked how the book felt serious and by the use of poetry instead of a traditional journal entries it gave the character some depth and maturity as she was recovering from such extreme tragedies.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2014 Challenge: 19 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Edelweiss.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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