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Stay: A Novel | [Allie Larkin]

Stay: A Novel

Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.
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Publisher's Summary

Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

The pocket-size puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast that only responds to Slovak. Van is at the end of her rope – until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what. Van affectionately names the dog Joe, and thus begins a friendship that will alter Van’s life in ways she never imagined.

Joe leads Van to Dr. Alex Brandt, a rugged vet with floppy blond hair and a winning smile. But just as things are starting to heat up, the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, forcing Van to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted.

Warm and witty, poignant and funny, Stay marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice.

©2010 Allie Larkin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Patricia Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-14-10
    Patricia Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-14-10

    A very happy grandmother of 4, who finds Audible extremely conveniently for my way of life.

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    "Love dogs? You will love this book"

    To be honest I downloaded this book because it was from the You Pick sale, and I had never read anything by the author. I will be looking for future books. Great book, very enjoyable for all the reasons you download books. I didn't want to stop listening.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sonya LIHUE, HI, United States 07-29-10
    Sonya LIHUE, HI, United States 07-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Interestingly Honest ... I like the narrator."

    This is my first book from this author and I was quite pleased. I like how she (the author) explores an awkward and heartbreaking love triangle. My only complaint (if that) is that it could have been longer!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    karen Campbell, CA, United States 06-17-10
    karen Campbell, CA, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A cute chick-lit story with a light romance"

    The story of Savanna (Van) as she comes to terms with all the uncontrollable people and events in her life, and learns to take some control in order to find peace and happiness. A cute story told in first person from Savanna's point-of-view, including a nice light romance and a 100 pound dog too.

    The narrater was great too, I'd listen to more by her.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Shell Beach, CA, United States 07-11-10
    Laura Shell Beach, CA, United States 07-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A fun read !"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was lighthearted and funny. Loved the characters and the narrator was excellent. A good book for dog lovers too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "loved it!"

    This book was amazing! Ususally I like to read books with a little more romance, but the hilarious interactions between Joe (the dog) and Van more than make up for it. Don't get me wrong, there was definitely a romance but the story was more about self-growth, friends, and family. If you are a dog lover looking for a light, humorous read you will love this!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jewel Hood River, OR, United States 05-21-12
    jewel Hood River, OR, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "most enjoyable book"

    every once in awhile you pick up a book not expecting to much. It was a most pleasant surprise at how very much I enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to hearing from this author again. Highly recommend this listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darlinda United States 02-27-12
    Darlinda United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stay to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version but I would say that the voice was not as expressive as some I have heard. Nevertheless I enljoyed this audiobook very much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay?

    After quarrels and misunderstanding, Savannah realizes that her two best friends are her best friends for life when she hears the words


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    more or less


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story made me both laugh and cry several times. It also made me want to take Savannah by the shoulders and shake some sense into her, because for me she was a very believable character. I wish she didn't have such a potty mouth.


    Any additional comments?

    I would be interested in a continuation of this story. I want to know what happens in Van's life after this story ended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maria CARDINGTON, OH, United States 08-10-11
    Maria CARDINGTON, OH, United States 08-10-11
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    "Loved It!"

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. As a dog lover it was very funny to listen to a new dog owners plight of a huge puppy who speaks a different language. I really like the characters especially Joe.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 10-20-12
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Try this if you like dog books!"

    It was an interesting dog story and I am glad I listened to it. Had a good message too!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CLOVIS, CA, United States 05-30-12
    Karen CLOVIS, CA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Stay in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, heartwarming, entertaining...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay?

    The poop, the vomit, the vet...


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Woman's best friend!


    Any additional comments?

    All around fun, yet touching book. I didn't want it to end!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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