STAY by Allie Larkin [Review]

Stay by Allie Larkin

I’ve been looking for the perfect beach read all summer and I finally found it, Stay by Allie Larkin.

It’s about twenty-something Savannah “Van” Leone who is heartbroken when the love of her life, Peter, marries her BFF, Janie. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s also dealing with the recent death of her mother and her subsequent loneliness. So Van is truly at a low point when, after an evening of drinking kool-aid and vodka mixers, she accidentally orders a German shepherd puppy off the Internet. She’s expecting a fluffy little pup, but when Joe arrives he turns out to be a ginormous animal that will only listen to commands in Slovakian. Joe is lovable, though, and he might be just what Van needs to regain control of her life.

I fell in love with Stay because it’s a cute, engaging story. I thought Van was funny and totally relatable. She made me laugh and even tear-up a few times because her heartbreak felt so real. Even though she does irrational things, you get the sense that she’s a levelheaded girl going through a really rough time. She reminisces about her mother a lot, and the two of them reminded me of Lorelai and Rory from the Gilmore Girls. A few of the plot developments seem a little predictable and convenient, but, other than that, I thought Stay was perfect. I especially recommend Stay to fans of Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed, as the two books have similar themes. This is Allie Larkin’s first book, and I can’t wait to see what she will write next.

If you are interested in Stay, be sure to watch the book trailer below.

Quotes from Stay:

The wedding was perfect, except for two things. The satin bridesmaids’ gowns that were ordered in deep, rich cinnamon showed up two days before the wedding and were bright Halloween pumpkin. And instead of standing across from the groom, beaming, I was standing across from his first cousin, Norman, smiling a hollow smile like a jack-o’-lantern.

Alex: “Well, who’s gonna forget a dog named Joe?”

Joe obviously was not the stellar wingman I’d thought he was.

He talked about having kids with the same level of comfort that he might talk about a movie he planned to see. He seemed so easy with his picture of his future. I couldn’t even think past getting out of the car in his parents’ driveway. At the time, I was in awe of his certainty. Now, I think it had more to do with the fact that he was never allowed to make any choices. Being certain of your future is easy when there’s only one path out in front of you, and it’s well lit and clearly marked.

Check out the book trailer for Stay by Allie Larkin.

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Dutton Adult | Pages: 320 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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