This Rogue Review is kind of cool for me, because it’s of a book I found at the library. My initial idea behind this whole review thing came when I lived in Chicago the first time and spent a lot of my commuting hours reading random books I would find at the library. This month’s book was the first one I checked out from the library now that I live here for real, so things have somewhat come full circle!
Let’s get on with it, shall we?
Stay with Me by Paul Griffin
Stay with Me is the story of two teenagers, Céce and Mack, and the complications of their relationship. The story is told from alternating points-of-view, so the reader gets Céce and Mack’s side of the story. The two worked together at the same restaurant, were set up through Céce’s brother, but particularly bonded over Boo, a pitbull Mack rehabbed. Mack had a rough past, though, which eventually catches up with him and results in actions that threaten his relationship with Céce.
I’ll be honest: even though I’m 21, I still really enjoy Young Adult literature. I guess part of this is due to the fact that I don’t feel like I can particularly relate to many of the characters in adult literature. While I may not be 15 anymore, I at least have some idea of what it’s like to be a teenager, whereas I have no clue what it’s like to be a burned out 35-year-old divorcee. When I went to the library, I tried to find a “grown up” book to read, but the YA section kept calling my name and I ended up with this book.
Stay with Me may not have been my favorite book ever, but that’s certainly not to say that I didn’t enjoy reading it. Mack’s talent with dogs really warmed my heart. I thought Griffin did an excellent job making this story real. The characters weren’t artifical or shallow and took me on a wild emotional ride. This book may not be what everyone my age might gravitate towards, but I still think it was a very well-written, engaging read.