Friday, May 20, 2011

Book of the day: "Stay"

In honor of International Chick Lit Month and our one year blogoversary, we're bringing you a book a day (and then some). If you've read the book and want to comment on this post with your thoughts, please do. If you haven't read it yet, we hope you'll take interest in it after hearing our thoughts. To make this fun, anyone who comments on any of these posts has a chance to be entered in a drawing for a special prize. The more posts you comment on, the more chances to win! (See here for contest details.)

"Stay" by Allie Larkin:
"Something Borrowed" meets "Must Love Dogs" in this big- hearted debut about friendship, love, and a German Shepherd named Joe.

Savannah "Van" Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke ever since she literally fell head over heels in front of him on the first day of college. Now, six years later, instead of standing across from him at the altar, Van's standing behind her best friend Janie as maid of honor, trying to mask her heartache and guilt as Janie marries the only man Van's ever loved. Before, Van's mother died, she told Van never to let Peter go, but as the couple exchanges vows, Van wonders if her fairy tale ending will ever come true.

After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any heartbroken woman in her situation would do: She impulsively buys a German Shepherd over the Internet. The pocket-size puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak, and Van is at the end of her rope... until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what.

Van affectionately names her dog Joe, and together, they work to mend the pieces of Van's shattered heart. And it certainly doesn't hurt that Joe's vet is a rugged sweetheart with floppy blond hair and a winning smile. But when the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, Van is forced to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted, proving that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better. (Summary courtesy of Penguin.com.)

Melissa A:
I loved this book and am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. The narrator is believable and easy to relate to and the story is easy to follow, with lots of emotion and humor throughout. See my review for more details.

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19 comments:

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I have heard a lot about this book. I cannot wait to read it.

Krystal Lynn said...

I was reading this post thinking, man I really want to read this, and then I realized I HAVE this!! I got it a few months back and put it in my to-read pile. Totally forgot about it until now! :D

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Linda Kish said...

If you put a dog on the cover, I just melt.

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S.Sabia said...

I have had this book on my to-read list for awhile. I've heard it is great!
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Jeryl M. said...

Definitely sounds a lot like Something Borrowed.

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shazjera said...

Being a dog owner am a sucker for anything to do with canines! Another one for my list ...........

Nina said...

ahh, at last one I've read! this one i saw at my library when it was a new release, and couldn't resist a chick-lit title with a dog on the cover! great book!
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Jerriann said...

This book sounds really good, can't wait to read it.

Margaret said...

I have to admit this one doesn't jump at me(lol dog get it)but the synopsis sounds interesting.

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Snitz said...

i absolutely LOVED this book!

Tiffany said...

I LOVED this book though I'm not crazy about the cover. I like the re-issued cover much better. I am a huge fan of Allie!
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Margie said...

Love any book with a dog on the cover!
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JessicaWaggoner said...

This book sounds awesome! I would love to read it!

Susan said...

Sounds like a great book. And who wouldn't love a Kool-Aid-vodka cocktail? =)

Tiffany Drew said...

I loved this book so much. Who can resist drama like this, especially when you throw in an adorable dog? I couldn't!

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Bec said...

As a dog lover this sounds like one to add to my list; straight after I've finished Lucy Dillon's!

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Jencey said...

I love dogs!

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Kat said...

Animals have incredible healing power. I know that adopting my little furry girl (a kitty) has helped heal my broken heart.

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Sarah said...

I am going to read this soon!!

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