Stay
An unforgettable novel about the power of friendship and kindness by the New York Times bestselling author of Pay It Forward. In the summer of 1969, fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam. His embattled parents are locked in a never-ending war. And his best friend, Connor, is struggling with his own family issues. To find relief from the chaos, Lucas takes long, meandering walks, and one day he veers into the woods.There he discovers an isolated cabin and two huge dogs. Frightened, he runs. And the dogs run with him. Lucas finds unusual peace in running with the dogs, and eventually he meets their owner, Zoe Dinsmore. Closed off and haunted by a tragic past, Zoe has given up. She doesn’t want to be saved. She wants out. But Lucas doesn’t want her to go, and he sees an opportunity to bring more than one friend back into the light. It’s either the best or worst idea he’s ever had, but Lucas isn’t giving up on Zoe or Connor.Their unexpected connection might be the saving grace that Zoe thought she’d lost, that Connor needs, and that Lucas has been running toward.

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TitleStay
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ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
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GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Audiobook, Young Adult, Coming Of Age, War, Adult, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Family

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  • Angela M
    January 1, 1970
    I read two books by Catherine Ryan Hyde and while I enjoy an uplifting story, they felt a bit too sappy, even for me. Then I read Have You Seen Luis Velez? and I liked that one so much more. Still, I wasn’t planning on reading this one, until I read the 4 and 5 stars reviews by some of my friends that kept coming. It was my friend Tudor Queen’s review that convinced me and I’m thankful because I really was moved by this story.It was easy to like Lucas right from the beginning, feel for him as he I read two books by Catherine Ryan Hyde and while I enjoy an uplifting story, they felt a bit too sappy, even for me. Then I read Have You Seen Luis Velez? and I liked that one so much more. Still, I wasn’t planning on reading this one, until I read the 4 and 5 stars reviews by some of my friends that kept coming. It was my friend Tudor Queen’s review that convinced me and I’m thankful because I really was moved by this story.It was easy to like Lucas right from the beginning, feel for him as he endures the endless arguments of his parents and misses and worries for his older brother Roy who is in Vietnam. You think that might be enough of a burden for a fourteen year old boy, but then it gets heavier as he saves a recluse woman living in a cabin with her two dogs . It gets worse, she really doesn’t want to be saved and he worries. Just too much, I thought for this young boy, but then there’s someone else he has to worry about, his best friend Conner, who has some serious issues of his own to deal with. The summer of 1969 would be one that marks Lucas for the rest of his life, turning him into a man anyone would be proud to know. It was hard to imagine at times that a fourteen year old boy could be this perceptive, this understanding , but yet most of the time I did. At times it felt just too much, almost a bit melodramatic with so many sad things happening to the characters. Having said that, this story covers some serious issues - drug addiction, attempted suicide, mental illness, the stress of the Vietnam War, marital problems, and debilitating guilt. It’s also full of heart and love and caring and loyal friendship of the kind that anyone of us would want in our lives. Lucas is a character I’ll remember for a long time.I received an advanced copy of this from Lake Union Publishing through NetGalley.
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  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    January 1, 1970
    Don't you just love those rare books that grab you immediately from the first page? It's such a thrill when that happens. I'm going to write this review with the strictest of caution not to reveal too many details as the reader must experience this delicious unfolding of a story going in blind. It's the summer of 1969 when the book begins, with one 14-year old Lucas Painter recounting a pivotal moment in the trajectory of his life. He likened it to when you're walking across a teeter totter and Don't you just love those rare books that grab you immediately from the first page? It's such a thrill when that happens. I'm going to write this review with the strictest of caution not to reveal too many details as the reader must experience this delicious unfolding of a story going in blind. It's the summer of 1969 when the book begins, with one 14-year old Lucas Painter recounting a pivotal moment in the trajectory of his life. He likened it to when you're walking across a teeter totter and gingerly balance along the metal in the middle before you carefully step down off to the other side. It was a tipping point. The story took off in several directions all as a result of this one day.As a character, young Lucas Painter is a very likeable one. He's a deep thinker, quite mature for his age, resourceful, compassionate and fair-minded. His parents seem to be engaged in one endless argument. He longs for peace and quiet when he's at home. Lucas's best friend from the age of three years old is Connor Barnes. Connor suffers from the exact opposite situation at his house. His parents never seem to communicate about anything. The shades are always drawn and it's a heavy, dreary atmosphere. There is the sense of a lot of unspoken negativity simmering in the background, its silence causing unbearable tension. Connor seems to have a black cloud over his head, with his sad demeanor. Lucas is his only friend. A loyal friend.The Vietnam war is ongoing and Lucas's older brother Leroy (called Roy) was drafted. Lucas receives heavily redacted letters from Roy and worries about him returning home alive. I was born in the sixties and I remember how the summers seemed to last forever as a child. We were able to safely leave our homes in the morning and come back home before dark, having all kinds of adventures and experiences with our friends. Well, Lucas is a very responsible and self-sufficient kid whose "tipping point" day launches the book to unravel a very moving life's story. You never know who you will meet in life. It kind of reminds me of that special thing Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers Neighborhood) would do that could move you to tears where he'd ask you to think silently for 10 seconds about the people you'd like to thank, who had a huge, positive impact on your life. They might still be alive, or they may have already gone to heaven; but wouldn't it make them happy to know that you've thought about them? I strongly suggest you read this lovely story of a boy named Lucas who was a catalyst for saving people's lives.Thank you to Lake Union Publishing who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Author Catherine Ryan Hyde is one of my big reading discoveries this year. I have only read two of her bajillion books so far, but both hit the bullseye for me. I am thrilled there are so many more for me to dive into.Stay is a thoroughly engaging story set in the summer of 1969. The plot centers around four main characters, including the deeply affecting Zoe Dinsmore, a 55-year-old recluse with tragedy in her past that has left her racked with guilt. Then there are the two 14-year-old best frie Author Catherine Ryan Hyde is one of my big reading discoveries this year. I have only read two of her bajillion books so far, but both hit the bullseye for me. I am thrilled there are so many more for me to dive into.Stay is a thoroughly engaging story set in the summer of 1969. The plot centers around four main characters, including the deeply affecting Zoe Dinsmore, a 55-year-old recluse with tragedy in her past that has left her racked with guilt. Then there are the two 14-year-old best friends Lucas and Connor, both trying to cope with dysfunctional parents. Lucas has also seemingly taken the weight of the world on his shoulders and is intensely engaged in saving said world. Finally, there is Lucas’s older brother Roy, a troubled Vietnam soldier with his own dark secrets. The tale is told from the viewpoint of Lucas. Through conversations and their actions, we get a pretty good idea of what the other three characters are like, though it would be nice to have at least one chapter from each of their perspectives. This is minor, however, and no stars are lost. All of these four are suffering. By coming together, they begin to heal each other. At the center is Zoe, a woman racked with pain and regret, but also blessed with ton of wisdom. I loved Zoe. But Zoe needs support as well. And through her relationship with the three young men, she is also able to transform her life. Major themes include suicide, addiction, almost paralyzing guilt, family dysfunction, the importance of human care and sharing, animal-human relationships, self-worth, and redemption.It's worth mentioning that this book has one of the very best epilogues I have ever read.I have read a few books this year involving challenged/troubled young people and their relationships with enlightened older people. I’m digging this particular theme and will be on the lookout for more of these types of books. Recommendations welcome.If you are looking for a gentle, poignant slice of life centered on deep personal nonromantic relationships, try Stay. I bet you will love it.I wish to extend my thanks to Net Galley, Lake Union Publishing, and Ms. Catherine Ryan Hyde for an ARC of this novel. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Such a beautiful story! Exquisitely told, deeply moving, and thoughtfully tender. It is the summer of 1969 and 14-year-old Lucas has a lot too be concerned about. His parents are fighting nonstop, his brother is over in Vietnam, and his best friend doesn’t seem to want to leave the house. There was a lot of burden on this 14-year-old’s shoulders and so he took to running in the woods where he met Zoe and her dogs. At first Lucas would only run with the dogs and had very little interaction with Z Such a beautiful story! Exquisitely told, deeply moving, and thoughtfully tender. It is the summer of 1969 and 14-year-old Lucas has a lot too be concerned about. His parents are fighting nonstop, his brother is over in Vietnam, and his best friend doesn’t seem to want to leave the house. There was a lot of burden on this 14-year-old’s shoulders and so he took to running in the woods where he met Zoe and her dogs. At first Lucas would only run with the dogs and had very little interaction with Zoe, but soon they started to form a unexpected bond. Zoe is a reclusive still dealing with the consequences of an accident that happened over 20 years ago. She’s A little rough around the edges, lonely, and wise. Always lending a listening ear and offering quiet words of wisdom to Lucas. Lucas and Zoe are soon joined by Connor Lucas‘s best friend who has been going through some depression. Later when Roy comes home from Vietnam he also joins this unlikely pair turned trio and now quad. It was quite remarkable how strong the bond was between Zoe and these three young men, a bond that lasted over three decades. This book dealt with so many tough issues including suicide, drug addiction, and grief. Catherine Ryan Hyde does this with a loving hand and pure heart. The story is told entirely from Lucas‘s perspective. He was such an exceptional character so caring, so considerate, so wise. Even when he took a girl out on a date he seemed much older than 14, but in a very innocent way. He is one of those very special characters who wormed his way into my heart. This book just hit me right in the feels, one of the best coming-of-age stories I have read in quite some time.This book in emojis. 🏃🏼‍♂️ 🐶 🐶 🌲 ☮️ *** Big thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***
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  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a touching read. I was utterly transfixed by this novel as I read it over the course of a single day. It was gentle.It was sweet. It was heartbreaking.And it was life affirming. The majority of the novel takes place in the summer of 1969 and focuses on 14 year old Lucas Painter. Lucas is the sweetest character ever. I have never felt so maternal about a character when reading a book as I have about Lucas. He's just on life's precipice about to become a man, but still a boy... And i This was such a touching read. I was utterly transfixed by this novel as I read it over the course of a single day. It was gentle.It was sweet. It was heartbreaking.And it was life affirming. The majority of the novel takes place in the summer of 1969 and focuses on 14 year old Lucas Painter. Lucas is the sweetest character ever. I have never felt so maternal about a character when reading a book as I have about Lucas. He's just on life's precipice about to become a man, but still a boy... And it's this mix of childish innocence with a growing maturity that makes him a beautiful character to read about. Lucas is the type of person that takes on other people's worries. His heart isn't big enough for how much he cares. His parents are constantly arguing at home, his older brother Roy is fighting in Vietnam and his best friend Connor is struggling with depression. And Lucas wants to help them all but doesn't know how. That is until one day he goes running in the woods and comes across two big dogs and they all start running for joy together. And then Lucas meets their owner, the mysterious Zoe Dinsmore who lives alone in the woods with just these two dogs for company. And thusly follows a life altering summer that moulds the lives of all these characters in ways that they couldn't have imagined. The story touches on issues of coping with grief, addiction and depression through the eyes of fourteen year old Lucas along with exploring the impact of wartime on both those who are drafted and those left behind. And Catherine Ryan Hyde explores these issues with great aplomb by never once treating them in any casual manner, instead giving them the gravitas they require. This is a very lovely book that would make a great book club read as there are so many talking points and discussion worthy issues. My rating is hovering between 3.5 and 4 stars with my only drawback being the very short Part Two that occurs at the end of the novel (90% stage) . While many readers will no doubt enjoy the fifty year flash forward to see how the characters' lives have ended up, to me this detracted from some of the magic of that long summer of 1969. But this is a very personal opinion as I am a lover of open ended stories. However, if you like your books to finish up with no lose ends then this is certainly the book for you. Recommended. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Lake Union Publishing, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog
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  • Suzy
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Wow! Stunning book! Catherine Ryan Hyde does it again with Stay - a coming of age story about Lucas Painter growing up in the summer of 1969. My review will be brief because it’s best to just dive into this book without knowing too much about it. The story is told from one POV - Lucas. He is the sweetest, most caring and selfless 14 year old boy who carries a lot of burdens. His parents constantly fight and yell, his older brother is at war in Vietnam and his best friend Conne 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Wow! Stunning book! Catherine Ryan Hyde does it again with Stay - a coming of age story about Lucas Painter growing up in the summer of 1969. My review will be brief because it’s best to just dive into this book without knowing too much about it. The story is told from one POV - Lucas. He is the sweetest, most caring and selfless 14 year old boy who carries a lot of burdens. His parents constantly fight and yell, his older brother is at war in Vietnam and his best friend Conner is showing signs of serious depression. While running through the woods one morning, a couple of very large dogs start running with Lucas. It becomes a morning ritual and this is how he meets and befriends Zoe (the owner of the dogs), an older woman with major problems of her own. I loved all of these characters and they are ones that I will not forget. The author touches on quite a few serious issues: drug addiction, suicide, depression and grief. As the story unfolds, you learn how these characters all cope with these issues and learn to not only forgive others, but themselves too. I’ve only read two other books by Ms. Hyde and cannot wait to read them all. She is such a beautiful storyteller. In the little experience that I have with her books, I can say that they are just simply divine! I recommend this book to anyone and everyone! Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine Ryan Hyde for my advanced copy to read and review.
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  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    “Stay” has 439 written reviews on Goodreads, with an overall 4.46 rating. The blurb itself says plenty - Forgive me if I’m just singing to the choir...” yes, it’s good, has heart, worthy issues, depth, insightful themes, and takes place during the Vietnam war era.....in a small town. Yep.....I ENJOYED THIS BOOK *Too*! Thank you Goodreads community!!! 👍🏻💕🐾🌳Towards the end I was ready for it to end...but there is no denying that “Stay”, was easily engaging - with storytelling that flowed effortle “Stay” has 439 written reviews on Goodreads, with an overall 4.46 rating. The blurb itself says plenty - Forgive me if I’m just singing to the choir...” yes, it’s good, has heart, worthy issues, depth, insightful themes, and takes place during the Vietnam war era.....in a small town. Yep.....I ENJOYED THIS BOOK *Too*! Thank you Goodreads community!!! 👍🏻💕🐾🌳Towards the end I was ready for it to end...but there is no denying that “Stay”, was easily engaging - with storytelling that flowed effortlessly. I fall into the 4 star rating group. Don’t laugh, but my biggest criticism is the ‘title’. There were a few times when the dialogue either matched the title, or the title match the dialogue but I felt it was a little forced. Other than that ....There is plenty to grip your teeth into ....tender sweetness, love, loss, tragedy, dysfunctional parenting, friendships, themes that include addiction, suicide, the effects of war, loneliness, forgiveness, healing, and redemption. The standout character award goes to *Lucas Painter*...( our narrator).....Lucas is a sensitive, mature thoughtful, astute, 14 year old kid. He’s also vulnerable & insecure with himself (not a bad thing: he’s figuring things out about life, people, and his place in the world).....Lucas worries about others more than the average teenage boy. (and worries about his worrying)....He’s worried about making the wrong choices.( picking the right movie for his first date)... etc. ....Lucas worried that if joined the track team at school, which he qualified for - other kids would tease him for ‘something’. ....The biggest worries on Lucas’ shoulders, is for everyone he loves: their struggles. He’s tries to balance out his worry for others with healthy boundaries. He learns to listen rather than fix everyone else’s problems. With so much worry - what keeps this kid going?Well........he’s fallen in love with a couple of dogs: running, with them early mornings in the woods ...and he grows attached to an older woman- *Zoe* - (mentor type relationship)... who becomes a valuable support in his life. ....Lucas a memorable character that many of us *mom’s* - might like to adopt. ...He is as likable as any teenage boy is. At its core- this ‘coming of age story’ is about love.... sometimes heartbreaking, but always a strong, quiet, and powerful look at the human heart.
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  • Tahera
    January 1, 1970
    "Why do people do that? Why do they need to make you wrong? Or make you out to be some kind of bad person? Everybody knows bad things happen. I know we are not supposed to talk about this. I know you don't want me to. But I'm talking about it. I'm just talking about it. Because I need to know"."Here's the thing," she said. "If they admit to themselves that what happened couldn't have been easily prevented, then they're admitting it could happen to them." All I want to say is that there are so "Why do people do that? Why do they need to make you wrong? Or make you out to be some kind of bad person? Everybody knows bad things happen. I know we are not supposed to talk about this. I know you don't want me to. But I'm talking about it. I'm just talking about it. Because I need to know"."Here's the thing," she said. "If they admit to themselves that what happened couldn't have been easily prevented, then they're admitting it could happen to them." All I want to say is that there are some books that just have to be read. This book is one of them!! With this book I have been introduced to another author who I feel will become a beloved one in the future. My thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union publishing and the author Catherine Ryan Hyde for giving me an e-Arc of this book to read. Simply beautiful 💖!
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This is only the second novel I've read written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, but she writes such beautiful books that I will definitely be checking out her previous novels. The main character in this book, Lucas Painter is a fourteen year old boy who is very thoughtful and caring for his age. The year is 1969 and his homelife is difficult as his parents fight all the time and his older brother Roy is away in Vietnam writing Lucas letter which show he is struggling with the trauma of combat. His best This is only the second novel I've read written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, but she writes such beautiful books that I will definitely be checking out her previous novels. The main character in this book, Lucas Painter is a fourteen year old boy who is very thoughtful and caring for his age. The year is 1969 and his homelife is difficult as his parents fight all the time and his older brother Roy is away in Vietnam writing Lucas letter which show he is struggling with the trauma of combat. His best friend, Connor is anxious and depressed and becoming more reclusive by the day. To get away from it all Lucas likes to go running with two large dogs who live with a woman in a cabin in the woods. The woman, Zoe Dinsmore has isolated herself from the rest of the town after a catastrophic event seventeen years ago, however a medical emergency brings her into contact with Lucas and they unexpectedly become friends. They form that special sort of relationship found between grandparents and their grandchildren where Zoe looks forward to her visits from Lucas and he is able to talk to her about his worries and ask for advice. Soon Zoe is helping Connor and Roy to overcome their problems and get back control of their lives. Such a lovely, heartwarming story, so beautifully told with wonderful characters. I especially enjoyed the epilogue showing what had happened to all the characters fifty years later - so nice to have that satisfying sense of closure.With many thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a digital ARC to read
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  • Libby
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up. This is a coming of age story about fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter that begins during the summer of 1969. Lucas’s parents fight all the time and he feels like he has to leave his house to get any peace. That’s how he comes across two huge dogs in their massive doghouse in the middle of the woods. He begins speedrunning, pumping adrenaline to get away from two dogs that weigh at least a hundred pounds each. When he falls, he makes a couple of important discoveries. The dogs 3.5 stars rounded up. This is a coming of age story about fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter that begins during the summer of 1969. Lucas’s parents fight all the time and he feels like he has to leave his house to get any peace. That’s how he comes across two huge dogs in their massive doghouse in the middle of the woods. He begins speedrunning, pumping adrenaline to get away from two dogs that weigh at least a hundred pounds each. When he falls, he makes a couple of important discoveries. The dogs are friendly, and he loves running. This is a sentimental story with some important messages. Lucas feels a huge responsibility for his best friend, Connor, who is struggling with serious depression. When he meets the dogs’ owner, Zoe Dinsmore, he will feel some responsibility for her, too. A tragic event happened seventeen years ago and Dinsmore is still reeling. She’s an interesting character, a bit of a grump, definitely someone with her guard up, who hasn’t let anyone past those heart rails in a long time, but Lucas wades in with all the perception of a goose. He’s a needy boy. His parents are so caught up in the drama of their arguing that they hardly realize he exists. He finds some tender spot in fifty-some year old Zoe Dinsmore’s armor, and beneath the grumpy exterior lies a depth of wisdom. I have found that grumpy people often have a soft, marshmallow inside. Getting past the grump is no easy task, however.Lucas’s brother, Roy is at war in Vietnam. How Zoe Dinsmore becomes important in Lucas, Conner, and Roy’s lives makes for an interesting story. One of the book club questions at the end of the book is “Do you think that one can ever make amends for causing a tragic event?” I sure hope so! If Dinsmore was any less a tragic character, I think the book would be too sentimental and have far less impact. It’s a fine line that Hyde trods in this one, and for me, it is Zoe Dinsmore and her background that allows her to pull it off. I like Lucas as a character, in spite of thinking that he is too kind and too innocent. It is after all pre-internet days, and perhaps that accounts for his lack of worldliness. He is also a ‘fixer.’ It can also be called a “Savior Complex.” Dinsmore tells Lucas things straight out of a counselor’s talking points. Like how when someone has so little control in his own life, he tries to exert control in other ways, as in fixing things for his friends. Lucas has got more than just Dinsmore going for him. He’s pretty self-aware, too.“Stay” makes me think of things I haven’t thought of in a long time, codependency and all the family roles that people play. It brings back to mind Melody Beattie’s book, "Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself," from the mid 1980’s and John Bradshaw’s book, "Family Secrets: The Path to Self-Acceptance and Reunion” published in 1990. If anyone is suffering from serious depression, please tell someone and get the professional help that you need. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a Zoe Dinsmore in our lives. I enjoyed this one!
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I adore Catherine Ryan Hyde. This novel should be depressing because it deals with incredibly difficult topics—suicide, addiction, parental neglect, the Vietnam war—and yet I found it uplifting. Fourteen-year-old Lucas’s brother is fighting in Vietnam and his parents are fighting each other—constantly. By accident, he befriends a much older woman with a troubled past and finds solace in running and hanging out with her dogs. His best friend is also troubled. Connor’s parents don’t fight—they’d h I adore Catherine Ryan Hyde. This novel should be depressing because it deals with incredibly difficult topics—suicide, addiction, parental neglect, the Vietnam war—and yet I found it uplifting. Fourteen-year-old Lucas’s brother is fighting in Vietnam and his parents are fighting each other—constantly. By accident, he befriends a much older woman with a troubled past and finds solace in running and hanging out with her dogs. His best friend is also troubled. Connor’s parents don’t fight—they’d have to speak to each other first. Lucas sees so much pain around him and feels helpless to do anything to make things better for anyone he cares about. I listened to the audiobook version of this, and the narrator does a wonderful job.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a wonderful surprise! I had never read anything by this author, but a friend recommended it so I thought I would pick it up. The story is told from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old boy, Lucas Painter, who was dealing with several issues: his brother was off fighting in Vietnam, his parents argued all the time, and his best friend, Connor, is always sad. Lucas has discovered that two dogs live at a cabin in the woods and he goes and runs with them every day. One day the dogs This book was a wonderful surprise! I had never read anything by this author, but a friend recommended it so I thought I would pick it up. The story is told from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old boy, Lucas Painter, who was dealing with several issues: his brother was off fighting in Vietnam, his parents argued all the time, and his best friend, Connor, is always sad. Lucas has discovered that two dogs live at a cabin in the woods and he goes and runs with them every day. One day the dogs don't come out when he comes by to see them. Lucas looks in the windows of the cabin and finds the lady who lives there in her bed, seemingly unconscious. He calls the police to check on her. After this Lucas's life begins to change.This book is full of heart and touches on redemption, forgiveness, friendship, and caring for others. I truly enjoyed the story and hope to read more by this author. The characters are poignant and memorable. There is great wisdom to be found in the pages. I loved it!Thanks to Catherine Ryan Hyde and Lake Union Publishing through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    When Lucas Painter was only fourteen, he felt weighed down by what was happening around him. His big brother Roy, whom he idolized, was away fighting in Vietnam – Lucas continually worried that he wouldn’t make it home again. His parents were forever fighting; yelling at one another – Lucas needed to leave the house to get away from the harsh words. His best friend Connor was struggling with issues concerning his mother and father and Lucas worried he couldn’t help his friend.The day Lucas wande When Lucas Painter was only fourteen, he felt weighed down by what was happening around him. His big brother Roy, whom he idolized, was away fighting in Vietnam – Lucas continually worried that he wouldn’t make it home again. His parents were forever fighting; yelling at one another – Lucas needed to leave the house to get away from the harsh words. His best friend Connor was struggling with issues concerning his mother and father and Lucas worried he couldn’t help his friend.The day Lucas wandered into the nearby woods (against him mother’s orders) he stumbled across an old cabin which he hadn’t known was there. The two large dogs outside were restless and anxious, so Lucas was sure something was wrong. What he found had him rushing home to the phone…Over the following days and weeks, Lucas found solace with those dogs. Each morning before school, Lucas and the dogs ran and while he was running, Lucas found his worries lessened. Zoe Dinsmore was the owner of the dogs and she and Lucas struck up an unlikely friendship. He felt closer to Zoe than he was to his own mother, and the advice she gave him always made sense. Could Zoe, Connor and Lucas connect, helping each other with what was drawing the darkness in? Lucas wanted both Zoe and Connor to stay – would his idea work? Stay is the 2nd novel I’ve read by Catherine Ryan Hyde and once again I loved it. This author has a beautiful way with words; poignant, memorable and enlightening. Set in the summer of 1969, Stay has four main characters – Zoe, a broken but inspiring woman of fifty five, whose past was a tragedy; Lucas and Connor, both fourteen with a friendship that knew no boundaries; and Lucas’ brother Roy, whose time in Vietnam was heartbreaking. A brilliant read, and I’m now convinced I need to check out more of this author’s work. Highly recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story written with heart and depth about 14 year old Lucas Painter’s coming of age during the summer of 1969. While his parents fight loudly everyday, his dad coming home later and later at night, Lucas’ last letter from his brother in Vietnam has him seriously worried, thanks to it’s mostly being blacked out by censors. What was his brother trying to tell him? Out in the woods walking one day to clear his mind, Lucas sees two dogs, they spot him and begin chasing him. He’s relieved A beautiful story written with heart and depth about 14 year old Lucas Painter’s coming of age during the summer of 1969. While his parents fight loudly everyday, his dad coming home later and later at night, Lucas’ last letter from his brother in Vietnam has him seriously worried, thanks to it’s mostly being blacked out by censors. What was his brother trying to tell him? Out in the woods walking one day to clear his mind, Lucas sees two dogs, they spot him and begin chasing him. He’s relieved that they’re not actually chasing him but are enjoying running with him (they belong to Zoe Dinsmore, a woman he soon rescues and befriends.) Lucas finds running with the two dogs, now daily, offers wonderful peace from his troubles. It tugged at my heartstrings reading of the heavy burdens Lucas carries. Family life is lonely with his parents arguing daily, his brother Roy finally returns home safe from Vietnam but different and with afflictions, his friend Connor is depressed and withdrawn, and he worries about his new older friend Zoe. A loner and an outcast in their community, she lives in the middle of the woods still mourning over an accident twenty years earlier she’s never forgiven herself for, feeling she’s to blame. After Zoe returns home from the hospital Lucas checks on her welfare during his daily runs. He eventually begins sharing his troubles with her and learns valuable life lessons through Zoe that helps his brother, friend, and even Zoe herself.“Stay” is a powerful story of family, friendship, helping others, forgiveness and healing. Another compelling, thoughtful novel from author Catherine Ryan Hyde.Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
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  • The Cats’ Mother
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve now read about eight books by this author and loved almost all of them, and this is no exception. A moving, thought-provoking story about the kindest teenager ever, his friends and family and how a single decision can change your life. The wonderful thing is that Ms Hyde has written so many other books that I have loads more to look forward to!It’s 1969 and Lucas Painter is fourteen and living in a small American town in an unspecified state. His parents fight all the time, his best friend I’ve now read about eight books by this author and loved almost all of them, and this is no exception. A moving, thought-provoking story about the kindest teenager ever, his friends and family and how a single decision can change your life. The wonderful thing is that Ms Hyde has written so many other books that I have loads more to look forward to!It’s 1969 and Lucas Painter is fourteen and living in a small American town in an unspecified state. His parents fight all the time, his best friend is miserable and his revered older brother Roy is away fighting in Vietnam. When he finds an old cabin in the woods, with two huge dogs outside, his first instinct is to run, but when he realises that they are running with him rather than chasing him, a new passion is born. When he meets their owner, the surly Zoe Dinsmore, he doesn’t know about her tragic past, but Lucas’ determined compassion leads to them becoming friends, with consequences for all their lives.Had I been guaranteed a child as wonderful as Lucas, even I might’ve been almost tempted to have children - he would seem too good to be true if this wasn’t told in first person past style - although in reality it was still the description of the kitten that tugged most at my heart-strings! His thoughtful view of the world, and overwhelming need to look after others, made such a nice change. I’m not sure I would’ve persevered with someone as prickly as Zoe, but her no-nonsense wisdom made her another fabulous character.It’s been quite some time since I read a book set against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, but the way this focussed on those left behind gave me a new perspective. In some ways this story could have taken place in the present, but the more innocent world that Lucas inhabits would seem unrealistic now - relying on letters from Roy and second hand news to learn about a conflict he doesn’t understand, while trying to block out the equally confusing war at home. Having had parents who also fought non-stop, and just as pointlessly, I identified strongly with him. I escaped into books, rather than running.While there are sad moments, and dark themes, this is ultimately a very hopeful story about friendship and loving people for who they are, not what they’ve done. Oh and the cover is gorgeous. All the stars. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC which allowed me to give an honest review. Stay is available now.
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  • Judy D Collins
    January 1, 1970
    Deserving of 10 STARS! 🙌 Top Books of 2019. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 +++++Catherine Ryan Hyde has a rare gift of storytelling and grabs you by the heartstrings in a way no other author can. No words can adequately describe my feelings about STAY. This book was compelling, beautifully written, moving, and every person on this planet should read this book! This world would be a better place. Quick notes. More coming. I am so blown away by the spellbinding power and meaning of this book. It is captivating. Hyde's ch Deserving of 10 STARS! 🙌 Top Books of 2019. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 +++++Catherine Ryan Hyde has a rare gift of storytelling and grabs you by the heartstrings in a way no other author can. No words can adequately describe my feelings about STAY. This book was compelling, beautifully written, moving, and every person on this planet should read this book! This world would be a better place. Quick notes. More coming. I am so blown away by the spellbinding power and meaning of this book. It is captivating. Hyde's characters come alive on the page, and if I could choose my favorite type of book, this would be it. A cross between coming-of-age, historical, and literary fiction. My sweet spot. It checks all the boxes. In our world of gloom and trouble, I think more and more readers will be drawn to this genre. It is like the hit show "This Is Us." (a huge fan). I would give up reading thrillers if I could read more books like this. It resonates. I admire and enjoy how the author takes ordinary people and places them in extraordinary situations. There is an impact. I have always felt children can learn more from other adults than they can from their parents, grandparents, or other members of their family. I find intriguing and wish I had someone like Zoe in my life growing up (or today). There are people you least expect, as indicated in the novel, that serves a purpose in changing others' lives. At the same time, they change their own.Hands down, STAY, and Have You Seen Luis Velez? are both my Top Books of 2019! Also, the best audiobook of 2019. (tie) I cannot express how both these books touched me. Take Me with You is another favorite. Do yourself a favor and read these three books and tell me they did not touch you, change you, or inspire you.For fans of Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens, The Guardians and This Tender Land. These are Tops for me this year. In addition, you will note how in STAY and Nothing More Dangerous features a wiser neighbor adult: flawed, outcast, tragic past, rough around the edges —becomes a mentor and savior for two young boys (best friends) and more. She changes the course of their lives. At the same time, they save her. I loved the ZOE💕 and the dogs. Reminds me a bit of Clint Eastwood in the movie, Gran Torino. Thank you for the ending. Priceless. You can see the full impact of this relationship. Move this to the top of your list. I loved it so much. I read the ARC (thank you Lake Union and NetGalley) and purchased the hardcover and the audiobook. A keeper and a classic for any home library. This would make for a great movie, TV series, and an ideal book club pick. Will dive more into the story and the characters later. I am a huge CRH Fan . . . READ this book!#JDCMustReadBooks
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Catherine Ryan Hyde has written a delightful book with a perfect blend of characters, setting and story.SUMMARYLucas Painter is fourteen years old and overwhelmed with responsibility. It’s 1969 and his brother, Roy is fighting in Vietnam, his parents are endlessly fighting, and his best friend Connor is struggling with depression. Lucas is trying desperately to help all of them. Lucas has turned to running to take his mind off his troubles. On a run in the woods near his house, he finds an isola Catherine Ryan Hyde has written a delightful book with a perfect blend of characters, setting and story.SUMMARYLucas Painter is fourteen years old and overwhelmed with responsibility. It’s 1969 and his brother, Roy is fighting in Vietnam, his parents are endlessly fighting, and his best friend Connor is struggling with depression. Lucas is trying desperately to help all of them. Lucas has turned to running to take his mind off his troubles. On a run in the woods near his house, he finds an isolated cabin, two large dogs and Zoe Dinsmore. Zoe, a prickly and reclusive fifty-five year old woman with a tragic past, may be just the friend that Lucas, Connor and Roy need. “When somebody holds a view that seems to make no sense, know that it makes sense to them, but for reasons you don’t know anything about yet.”REVIEWSTAY is an endearing and engrossing coming of age story. Lucas is trying hard to understand the world around him. He wants everyone to stay put, but first he must learn that he is not in control of everyone else’s life. You will fall in love with Lucas, who is trying so hard to keep everyone happy. My favorite thing about the book was the beautifully descriptive writing.The story is impressively direct and tackles some serious issues such as drug addiction, attempted suicide, and mental illness. But the book is really about friendship, kindness forgiveness and redemption. STAY is my first CATHERINE RYAN HYDE book and I was delighted with the writing, the characters and most of all, the story. My favorite character was Zoe Dinsmore, when you peeled away her prickly layers she was wise, astute and compassionate. This was definitely a book I did not want to end. I loved this book so much I have just started listening to Have a You Seen Luis Velez? Which was published May 21, 2019. Watch for that review coming soon too! “People need help with perspective sometimes. If they’re all alone in their own head, they can lose perspective. Sometimes you need to use somebody else like a mirror. Let them reflect back to you the way the world really is.”Publisher Lake UnionPublished December 3, 2019Narrated Nick PodehlReview www.bluestockingreviews.com
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written story by seasoned author Catherine Ryan Hyde. Each of her characters are engaging, my favorite being 14-year old Lucas, the central character whose life will drastically change after meeting up with two large dogs near a remote cabin in the woods.“What I did not yet know is that I had placed the first domino in a stack of events that would literally alter the world as I’d known it.”This selfless, perceptive and thoughtful young man completely captured my heart. He carried a h Beautifully written story by seasoned author Catherine Ryan Hyde. Each of her characters are engaging, my favorite being 14-year old Lucas, the central character whose life will drastically change after meeting up with two large dogs near a remote cabin in the woods.“What I did not yet know is that I had placed the first domino in a stack of events that would literally alter the world as I’d known it.”This selfless, perceptive and thoughtful young man completely captured my heart. He carried a heavy weight of responsibility on his shoulders, an anchor for troubled friends and family. A powerful, inspirational and lovely story. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Ezinwanyi
    January 1, 1970
    This book really made an impact on me. It featured a brave young teenager, Lucas Painter, amongst a number of broken people like his best friend Connor and Zoe Dinsmore. This story was set during Vietnam so the author addressed issues such as depression, physical disability issues and addictions.Lucas was the real MVP in this story, along some pets (2 dogs and a cat). Despite his own issues, he tried his best to be supportive of those around him who had serious issues. The biggest thing that I t This book really made an impact on me. It featured a brave young teenager, Lucas Painter, amongst a number of broken people like his best friend Connor and Zoe Dinsmore. This story was set during Vietnam so the author addressed issues such as depression, physical disability issues and addictions.Lucas was the real MVP in this story, along some pets (2 dogs and a cat). Despite his own issues, he tried his best to be supportive of those around him who had serious issues. The biggest thing that I took from this book is that it takes strength to keep going. When a tragedy occurs, there are two types of forgiveness that we look for: Forgiveness from the ones we hurt, and Forgiveness from ourselves. It focused on how connection to others as well as ourselves. Forgiving yourself for hurting someone or punishing yourself for hurting someone is part of many people's journey after a traumatic event. This book dealt with it in a humane yet emotionally intense way.This is a well written and poignant story life, the good, the bad and the ugly. Even the ending wasn't perfectly wrapped up with a pretty bow. But for all the people in the story, their redemption was due to the relationships and connections they formed with others. A very thought provoking story.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    “I felt as though Mrs. Dinsmore had pressed a key into my hand, and that key had just opened up some secret part of the universe that had always been a mystery to me. Sounds like an exaggeration, but I guess you’d have to know how utterly baffled I’d been by life up until then.”Stay is the twenty-ninth novel by award-winning American author, Catherine Ryan Hyde. Lucas Painter comes across the cottage in the woods by accident. The large dogs sitting outside shock him into fleeing, even though he “I felt as though Mrs. Dinsmore had pressed a key into my hand, and that key had just opened up some secret part of the universe that had always been a mystery to me. Sounds like an exaggeration, but I guess you’d have to know how utterly baffled I’d been by life up until then.”Stay is the twenty-ninth novel by award-winning American author, Catherine Ryan Hyde. Lucas Painter comes across the cottage in the woods by accident. The large dogs sitting outside shock him into fleeing, even though he knows he can’t outrun them. But it turns out not only to be non-lethal, but to actually be a positive experience, one that allows him to clear his mind of everything that bothers him. And Lucas has a lot on his mind. His brother is away at war; his parents argue all the time; and his troubled best friend Connor’s house isn’t the refuge a home should be. Lucas returns to the woods and repeats it, running with the dogs, regularly, until one day when the dogs are behaving strangely. Lucas ends up saving a life, but the old woman he saves, Zoe Dinsmore is anything but appreciative. She’s the most anti-social person he’s ever met, and he needs to know why. What he learns doesn’t deter him from the cottage. He finds that with Zoe Dinsmore, he can ask questions about life that he simply can’t ask his parents, and he gets decent answers, even when she comments: “Whew,” she said. “It really is a tough place inside that brain of yours, isn’t it?”Lucas finds that talking to Zoe gives him insight and empathy, and he’s a good enough friend to Connor that he can share. He comes to realise: “It’s really important,” I say, “when you’re thinking bad thoughts about yourself, to remember that they might turn out to be wrong.” Later he recalls: “…we had her when we needed her the most— when we were scared and lost and all the grown -ups around us were letting us down.”Ryan Hyde has an extraordinary talent for conveying the feelings and emotions of a fourteen-year-old boy, and she succinctly and beautifully describes the situation. She tackles some big topics: suicide and addiction, and how they are managed. And she gives her characters lots of wise words: “If something works, I figure … just leave it alone. Let it be a thing that worked. Not everything needs to be picked apart for better understanding. Sometimes it’s okay to just say thank you in the quiet of your head and move along.” A wonderful, uplifting read.This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story written with heart and depth about 14 year old Lucas Painter’s coming of age during the summer of 1969. While his parents fight loudly everyday, his dad coming home later and later at night, Lucas’ last letter from his brother in Vietnam has him seriously worried, thanks to it’s mostly being blacked out by censors. What was his brother trying to tell him?Out in the woods walking one day to clear his mind, Lucas sees two dogs, they spot him and begin chasing him. He’s relieved t A beautiful story written with heart and depth about 14 year old Lucas Painter’s coming of age during the summer of 1969. While his parents fight loudly everyday, his dad coming home later and later at night, Lucas’ last letter from his brother in Vietnam has him seriously worried, thanks to it’s mostly being blacked out by censors. What was his brother trying to tell him?Out in the woods walking one day to clear his mind, Lucas sees two dogs, they spot him and begin chasing him. He’s relieved that they’re not actually chasing him but are enjoying running with him (they belong to Zoe Dinsmore, a woman he soon rescues and befriends.) Lucas finds running with the two dogs, now daily, offers wonderful peace from his troubles. It tugged at my heartstrings reading of the heavy burdens Lucas carries. Family life is lonely with his parents arguing daily, his brother Roy finally returns home safe from Vietnam but different and with afflictions, his friend Connor is depressed and withdrawn, and he worries about his new older friend Zoe. A loner and an outcast in their community, she lives in the middle of the woods still mourning over an accident twenty years earlier she’s never forgiven herself for, feeling she’s to blame. After Zoe returns home from the hospital Lucas checks on her welfare during his daily runs. He eventually begins sharing his troubles with her and learns valuable life lessons through Zoe that helps his brother, friend, and even Zoe herself.“Stay” is a powerful story of family, friendship, helping others, forgiveness and healing. Another compelling, thoughtful novel from author Catherine Ryan Hyde.Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    When Catherine Ryan Hyde comes out with a new book, I immediately get it. When I saw this on NetGalley as a Read Now, I downloaded it right away. Wow! What a wonderful story! It’s heartbreaking, honest, and a gentle story. I loved it and couldn’t put it down. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
    January 1, 1970
    This emotional, thought-provoking read had me questioning everything at every turn. I don't know what I would have done, my thoughts were all over the place. This book reminds me that family is more than the one you are born into. The story is well paced and I loved the characters. The author really got the widening awareness that Lucas has as he grows up. The setting is so well depicted I could feel and see the dry grasses and the rains. She shows that all was not sweetness and light.There is s This emotional, thought-provoking read had me questioning everything at every turn. I don't know what I would have done, my thoughts were all over the place. This book reminds me that family is more than the one you are born into. The story is well paced and I loved the characters. The author really got the widening awareness that Lucas has as he grows up. The setting is so well depicted I could feel and see the dry grasses and the rains. She shows that all was not sweetness and light.There is something about Catherine Ryan Hyde, and the way she writes, that makes me adore her books. Something so soul wrenching. I get lost in her books and feel like I am one of the books characters. I find myself rooting for a person in the books and being pretty satisfied when it turns out the way I want it to. I can imagine all the settings vividly and feel as though I belong there. I cannot wait for her to release another book. Thanks for the joyride I get to take while living these characters (both human and animal) lives.
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  • Nisa
    January 1, 1970
    When I read it, I feel like it is a real-life story. Even though we did not learn about some character I didn't feel like it wasn't enough. I enjoyed reading Lucas' heartwarming story. This story made me remember how some events in our life we thought unimportant become important for someone else or how important it could be for our life.In Stay, we are reading fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter's' life from his point of view and how two dogs he met coincidentally changed his and other lives, not o When I read it, I feel like it is a real-life story. Even though we did not learn about some character I didn't feel like it wasn't enough. I enjoyed reading Lucas' heartwarming story. This story made me remember how some events in our life we thought unimportant become important for someone else or how important it could be for our life.In Stay, we are reading fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter's' life from his point of view and how two dogs he met coincidentally changed his and other lives, not one or two but more. Lucas is a shy teenager, his parents always fighting each other meanwhile ignoring him and his problems. He has only one friend, Connor. I should confess even though I finished the story I'm not sure what was Connor's and his family's problems. Well, this wasn't a problem for me. The way the story was told, about how Lucas met an old lady, Zoe Dinsmore, and how this coincidence changed their and other characters' lives was fascinating. With that, I loved Lucas being stubborn and the dialogs between Lucas, Conor or Zoe. I won't add details about the story because I don't want to spoil anything. Shortly, I loved the story, now I'm sure I will read more of Hyde's books and I expect she will be one of my favorite authors. Now, Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde in my favorites list and I will recommend to anyone. Don't miss the chance to read this lovely story. Thanks to #NetGalley and the Lake Union Publishing Group providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review and making this available!Happy New year everyone. I wish it will be the best year you ever have.
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Lucas Painter is fourteen years old in the summer of 1969. His big brother is fighting in Vietnam, his parents are fighting each other, and his best friend is fighting depression. To escape, Lucas starts running daily through the forest near his home. When he comes across a cabin in the middle of nowhere that appears abandoned Lucas almost Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Lucas Painter is fourteen years old in the summer of 1969. His big brother is fighting in Vietnam, his parents are fighting each other, and his best friend is fighting depression. To escape, Lucas starts running daily through the forest near his home. When he comes across a cabin in the middle of nowhere that appears abandoned Lucas almost lets it be, until two massive dogs belonging to the cabin’s owner join him on his run. Lucas runs daily with the strangers’ dogs, and begins to form a bond with the dogs’ owner, a self-proclaimed recluse named Zoe. Throughout the summer, Lucas’ life is drastically changed by having Zoe in it, as is the life of his friend and brother, but it takes Zoe to teach Lucas how much he has changed her life for the better as well. “Stay” by Catherine Ryan Hyde has its moments of beauty, and poignant, thought-provoking events that will stick with you. The novel portrays the darkest parts of depression and addiction with honesty and humility. The problem I couldn’t get over is that young Lucas is fourteen, however he reacts to extreme circumstances in his life with utter maturity and gumption that adults many years older (myself included) would be unable to portray. Also, he knows three people in his life (parents excluded) and all of them have some form of mental illness or addiction. Now, it is obvious that mental illness and addiction are everywhere, and many struggle in silence, but to have the only people in one person’s life suffering from similar afflictions—poor Lucas draws them to him like moths to a flame. Admirable and charming though his character is, I got stuck a bit on believability. I really enjoyed Have You Seen Luis Velez? and perhaps that is what got my expectations up so high. I wanted the same heartwarming story that I got with Velez, and although the powerful message was there, “Stay” played out much slower. I did enjoy the dogs and their healing role throughout the novel—this part was the most believable of the entire novel. A good read to be sure, full of important messages, but I found it lacking in believability, and incomparable to “Luis Velez”; and not necessarily in a good way.
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  • Judy Christiana
    January 1, 1970
    Stay is the coming of age story of a boy, Lucas Painter, in 1969. This is the point in his life where he becomes a man, even though he feels inadequate and responsible for so much more than should be on his 14-year-old shoulders. He finds peace when he begins to run one day in the woods near his house and happens upon two huge dogs by an old cabin that begin to run with him daily. The dogs, Rembrandt and Vermeer, give unconditional love and support, as is their nature.He soon meets their owner, Stay is the coming of age story of a boy, Lucas Painter, in 1969. This is the point in his life where he becomes a man, even though he feels inadequate and responsible for so much more than should be on his 14-year-old shoulders. He finds peace when he begins to run one day in the woods near his house and happens upon two huge dogs by an old cabin that begin to run with him daily. The dogs, Rembrandt and Vermeer, give unconditional love and support, as is their nature.He soon meets their owner, Zoe Dinsmore and from that point, his life takes the path to become the person he was meant to be. I do not want to write more details of the storyline. I think this book should be read not knowing more than that, but I will say that this story is about the ups and downs of life. Finding strength that you never knew you had. Going on when you lease want to. What it is to be a friend. Finding a way to feel worthy to go on when deep inside you don’t believe that can ever happen. The characters are so life-like with admirable qualities and flaws. The town and woods are etched in my mind by the wonderful descriptions. The (characters) people of this book are now a part of my life. They will not leave my memory for a long time. There is so much wisdom written in this story. So much of it touched my heart and soul. I wanted to read fast to find out what was going to happen and I also did not want it to end! I cannot express how much I love this book! I want everyone to read it! I want it to become a movie, so the non-readers out there can experience this story also. I wish I could give this book more than just 5 stars!I want to thank NetGalley.com and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read the ARC for this amazing book. Catherine Ryan Hyde is an excellent storyteller. I wanted to write my opinion in hopes others will also discover this author and enjoy her books.
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  • Leanna Mattea
    January 1, 1970
    Having read all of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel, I come to expect wonderful, well developed characters, lovable dogs, a feisty cat and frequently a horse. I just finished an ARC of Stay, and all were part of this beautiful story, except a horse. As usual, a message is delivered in her stories and that was true here. A single choice can alter the direction of a life. In this case, that could be said of several of her interesting characters, but more so Lucas. The choices he made impacted his own l Having read all of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel, I come to expect wonderful, well developed characters, lovable dogs, a feisty cat and frequently a horse. I just finished an ARC of Stay, and all were part of this beautiful story, except a horse. As usual, a message is delivered in her stories and that was true here. A single choice can alter the direction of a life. In this case, that could be said of several of her interesting characters, but more so Lucas. The choices he made impacted his own life and those of his brother Roy, his friend Connor and Zoe, a local outcast.This is a story of friendships, struggle, difficult decisions and complicated relationships. It’s also about the love and bonds that animals bring us, with their ability to comfort when we’re sad or lonely. Lucas is young, but wise beyond his years, carrying burdens, very heavy for a young teen. His path was certainly affected by the choices that he and the others made.This novel is beautifully written, just what we have come to expect from Catherine Ryan Hyde. I loved it! Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC.#LakeUnionPublishing #NetGalley #CatherineRyanHyde
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  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    January 1, 1970
    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley Catherine Ryan Hyde does it again – Stay is a serious, deep and very beautiful, yet realistic and down to Earth novel. This is my second book by her, and I was completely blown away by the first one, Where Is Luis Velez, so I was a little bit worried about reading another one (despite buying up ANYTHING by her that went on sale for the past half a year!) Because what if I didn't like it as much? It's hard to start reading an auth How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley Catherine Ryan Hyde does it again – Stay is a serious, deep and very beautiful, yet realistic and down to Earth novel. This is my second book by her, and I was completely blown away by the first one, Where Is Luis Velez, so I was a little bit worried about reading another one (despite buying up ANYTHING by her that went on sale for the past half a year!) Because what if I didn't like it as much? It's hard to start reading an author at a 5 star book.But I needn't have worried – Stay is touching, heartfelt, it has deep subjects, is steeped in a worldview based on kindness, and while it didn't hit me as strongly on the personal level as the first book did (the problems in the story were less close to my heart) , it's still a strong 4.5 star and I was incredibly invested in it straight after I started reading. In Stay, we get to see the world through the eyes of the people who we would ordinarily be told to avoid because "they're not someone you should mix with". Draft Dodgers. Addicts. Mood killers. The simply different. Those who will not bow down to some pointless notions of society. What the book puts out there is that you can't possibly judge them if you know them like the story helped you know them, but if you were to hear about them in passing, you probably would. You might even think they're not very good people. And how many times do we make that kind of a snap judgement in our real lives?Stay is an amazing book. It warms your heart. It makes life seem more meaningful, if only for a little while longer. It makes you want to believe in humanity again. More reasons to read it here: Triggers include (view spoiler)[attempted suicide, suicidal ideation, addiction to alcohol and substances, imagery of war, war wounds, losing or injuring limbs, PTSD, children dying in a fatal car accident. (hide spoiler)] This may not be a full list of triggers.I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion.Book Blog | Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a thought provoking, heart felt story that I loved! Ten stars!! Lucas is a fourteen year old young man with a heart of gold. He longs to try to help anyone and everyone, and wishes that life would be perfect for all.The time is the late 1960’s when the Vietnam War was in full blast. The world and life in general is in turmoil. He is troubled by his best friend Connor, who seems to be depressed. Can he help him? "You can’t make somebody leave and you can’t make them stay.” Can you? Lucas This is a thought provoking, heart felt story that I loved! Ten stars!! Lucas is a fourteen year old young man with a heart of gold. He longs to try to help anyone and everyone, and wishes that life would be perfect for all.The time is the late 1960’s when the Vietnam War was in full blast. The world and life in general is in turmoil. He is troubled by his best friend Connor, who seems to be depressed. Can he help him? "You can’t make somebody leave and you can’t make them stay.” Can you? Lucas saves, befriends and truly loves Zoe Dinsmore who will be just what both need as their lives intersect. The quote: “Nothing in my life has ever been a mistake” is the perfect description for Lucas. He is in exactly the “right” place at the required time.Zoe is my favorite character and has guts,heart and a strength that I admire! However, Lucas is her angel at a time when desperately needed!I am so grateful that the last piece of this story is a fast forward to present day. It gave me the closure needed to say “ see you later” to each of these characters that I had spent a few days living with.Definitely a book people should read! Excellent!
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  • Kathy McC
    January 1, 1970
    5+ stars I sure am glad it is summer and we are still "staying at home". I became so immersed in this novel that I did little else yesterday but read. I finished it in a single day. The story line is so poignant and beautifully written. It is sad and heart wrenching. But, it is also up lifting and heartwarming. It is the story of Lucas and how his one act of caring leads to a series of other unexpected consequences. It proves, once again, the importance of how just one person can make a differe 5+ stars I sure am glad it is summer and we are still "staying at home". I became so immersed in this novel that I did little else yesterday but read. I finished it in a single day. The story line is so poignant and beautifully written. It is sad and heart wrenching. But, it is also up lifting and heartwarming. It is the story of Lucas and how his one act of caring leads to a series of other unexpected consequences. It proves, once again, the importance of how just one person can make a difference. Thanks for the reminder, Ms. Hyde."But anyway, it's a story about a lot of people doing a lot better than they expected to. A lot better than anybody thought they would"."And it think to myself, if you think having and losing is bad, try never having. Now that's devastating."
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