Title: And We Stay
Author: Jenny Hubbard
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Synopsis From Goodreads:
“Senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend, Emily Beam, and then takes his own life. Soon after, angry and guilt-ridden Emily is sent to a boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where two quirky fellow students and the spirit of Emily Dickinson offer helping hands. But it is up to Emily Beam to heal her own damaged self, to find the good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.”
This book follows a girl named Emily Beam who is sent to a boarding school following the suicide of her boyfriend Paul. She meets many friends, and becomes best friends with her roommate K.T. As the story progresses, Emily learns how to cope with tragedy, how to open up to people, and how to continue her journey to recovery.
The whole story revolves around Emily and her new friend K.T. There are many additional characters who are lovely as well like Emily’s teachers and other friends from the dorm house. Emily’s story is so raw and tragic that you can’t help but feel for her. The novel was so realistic and although I have not been through a similar situation, I felt like I could fully understand what she was going through due to the descriptive writing style. Emily’s growth as a person throughout this book was astounding and I am really glad that I was able to go on the journey with her through reading. Emily’s best friend K.T. is my favorite character. She was so welcoming, kind, quirky, and just adorable! All the characters in this book were so unique which just added to how realistic the whole book was. I could not personally relate to any of the characters, but the descriptions of the characters and their stories made it easy for me to empathize with all of them.
This book is so beautifully written and the influence of poetry is very interesting. I am not someone who usually enjoys poetry, but the elegant way that it is weaved into the book made it so much more bearable. A very appreciated aspect of this book was the poems at the end of each chapter. It was very unique and made the book enjoyable. (This book also has quite short chapters which is something I love).
I would recommend this read to anyone looking for a book with flawless character development, realistic characters, and an influence of poetry. If poetry is not something you enjoy (like me), I think you should still give this book a chance, maybe it’ll blow you away!
Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!🌻