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[[ Download ]] ✤ Stay Author Catherine Ryan Hyde – Paperless-kitchen.info 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 , 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 WoodsThere 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 Dins 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 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 ConnorTheir Unexpected Connection Might Be The Saving Grace That Zoe Thought She D Lost, That Connor Needs, And That Lucas Has Been Running Toward 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 Dins 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 reviewForreviews and book related chat check out my blog 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 manyfor 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 Dins, 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 manyfor 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 Dins, 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 forof 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 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 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 endbut 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 endbut 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 othersthan 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 etcLucas 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 lifeLucas 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 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 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 soWhy 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 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 becomingreclusive 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 Dins 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 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 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 Dins, he will feel some responsibility for her, too A tragic event happened seventeen years ago and Dins 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 Dins 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 Dins 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 Dins 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 Dins 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 Dins 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 gotthan just Dins 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 Dins in our lives I enjoyed this one

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