Thursday, January 23, 2014

And We Stay review

After an intense trauma and the death of her boyfriend, Emily is sent to live at a boarding school in Amherst. Processing her grief through poetry, Emily begins to channel the famous Emily Dickinson, who not only inspires words, but also helps present-day Emily cope with her new life and eventually connect with two fellow students. 

I loved every minute of this book. Jenny Hubbard made the emotions of a tragedy come through perfectly, while allowing the reader to experience Emily's healing process. I liked that the plot was a bit slow moving and the author focused on Emily as a character, rather than having a lot happen. 

The friendship between Emily and K.T. was quirky and awkward at first, as a real friendship would form, and those were some of my very favorite scenes. I do wish we had more of Amber from the very beginning, but the friendship aspects of the story, overall, were incredible. 

I did not read Hubbard's debut, Paper Covers Rock, but you can bet I'm placing a hold on it from the library as soon as this review is written. I need more of her writing, ASAP!

Thanks to Random House for the review copy. 


Tina's Blog said...

This is the second time I've seen this book today! And to think, I've had an ARC of it for a few months - and it is still sitting on my stacks. I need to get to it!

Susan said...

I'm glad this one was so good. I'll have to see if I can get it from the library. Thanks for the review!