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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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Great story

Where does Stay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10%

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay?

Her first meeting with her new dog

What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Real emotion and believable voices

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was funny, sad, frustrating, and overall very enjoyable

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Keep reading.....

A little slow to get started. The middle bogs down for a bit, but the resolution is worth wading through the rest. The characters flesh out nicely and become multi dimensional. Some nice detail of upstate and downstate New York cultures and migration. A storming story moving on from childhood and college to a more mature, less fantasy ridden adulthood.

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Heroine does stupid things

I saw the dog on the cover and thought the book might be on par with The Art of Racing in the Rain or A Dog's Purpose. Not so. This is typical chick lit with the main character being easily manipulated and dishonest. I don't know what the hunky veterinarian would see in her. She has a problem with alcohol to boot. There were a few laughs but not enough to redeem this one.

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  • IRENE
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 12-31-14

Lovely story about becoming an adult.

Learning the truths about oneself is the only path to becoming an adult. The story is charming, touching and well read. I love Julia Whelan.

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More dog - less people

Allie Larkin has talent, especially for humorous dialogue. I liked her quirky sense of humor but the main character "Van" was too wimpy to be truly interesting to me.

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A Dog plus a Happy Ending - What could be better?

What did you love best about Stay?

How Van met the vet.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay?

Louis meeting Van

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Van found out Dianne had good intentions.

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  • Tarri
  • United States
  • 12-14-13

I think most of us have been there

There can't be that many people who haven't made absolute fools of ourselves over a boy or a girl when we were young. That's Savannah to a T.

On the first day of college she (the housekeeper's daughter) meets and falls for the rich boy (Peter) in her first class. Literally and figuratively falls for him. Then Peter meets her best friend, Janie, and they fall in love and get married. Of course, Savannah (Van) is the maid of honor and after all the festivities are over and Van has a big fight with the bride's mother, Van goes home, gets drunk, and buys a puppy over the internet from Slovakia.

This book is both funny and heart wrenching. The characters seemed real to me, like they were neighbors, friends, people you meet that you don't like, people you meet that you don't want to like but will end up liking. Just like real life.

And Joe, the Slovakian born German Shepherd who only answers to Slovakian words, will steal your heart and make you want to run to your nearest kennel and get a Joe of your own.

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Stay: A Novel

Thank you for making me burst out loud laughing during an eye rolling PTO (Parent-Teacher-Organization) meeting!
What's next?

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  • Deborah
  • shallotte, NC, United States
  • 06-30-10

Totally Average

This book got rave reviews on Amazon and good reviews here. I don't understand why. I found the story to be totally predictable and it wasn't even interesting until the dog makes his appearance well into the book. The narrator's accent (New Jersey/Boston?) came and went but she did a great job changing voices for each character.

I did not find the characters likeable except for Alex and Joe (the dog). Whiney would be the best description. A teenage girl would love this book but it's run-of-the-mill for everybody else.

There is nothing new here.

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My New Favorite Author

I loved this book. It is one of my favorites. It's a super cute story with great characters (dog included-author's dog is the one on the cover), lots of humor in the writing, and Julia Whelan-enough said. I buy books just because she is the narrator.

I got this during a sale, but would have happily given a full credit.