Stray [NOOK Book]

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When 16-year-old Natalie Kaplan meets a new person, she knows right away what kind of dog they'd be. Natalie herself resembles an Ibizan hound—quiet, playful, loyal, smart, and above all, obedient. Actually, Natalie has been trained so well that sometimes she thinks her mother is secretly controlling her with a dog whistle. (Her mom is a respected veterinarian with a successful clinic, so it's not that much of a stretch.)

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Stray

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Overview

When 16-year-old Natalie Kaplan meets a new person, she knows right away what kind of dog they'd be. Natalie herself resembles an Ibizan hound—quiet, playful, loyal, smart, and above all, obedient. Actually, Natalie has been trained so well that sometimes she thinks her mother is secretly controlling her with a dog whistle. (Her mom is a respected veterinarian with a successful clinic, so it's not that much of a stretch.)

Just like the Ibizan, Natalie is very mindful of her master's rules, but at the first sign of freedom, she is prone to stray. And who can blame her when the gorgeous and mysterious Carver Reed comes to live with the Kaplan family for the summer? Little by little, Natalie is drawn to Carver's spontaneity and free spirit, and before long, she turns into another breed of girl, who surprisingly bites the hand that feeds her.

"Stray is a winning novel that provides us with an important reminder: it's okay to make mistakes and break the rules, especially when it comes to love."—Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes


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Since her parents' divorce, Natalie's overprotective mother has kept her on a very short leash and, except for a few white lies, Natalie's been quite obedient. However, when Carver, a family friend who's "very attractive, bordering hot," comes to stay with them to intern at her mother's veterinary clinic for the summer, Natalie finds herself quickly challenging her mother's strict boundaries. As a dedicated dog lover, canines are ever present, especially when Natalie introduces and continually references characters based on the particular dog breed that they most resemble. This quirk, although generally humorous, doesn't provide much insight into the characters and leaves them flat. However, as Natalie slowly begins asserting herself, the constant dog references fade, and the characters, especially Natalie and Carver, take center stage and become fully developed. Light and fun. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375892837
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Stacey Goldblatt lives in San Diego with her husband, two children, and cat. You can visit her at www.staceygoldblatt.com.


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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Safia Abdul for TeensReadToo.com

    Sixteen-year-old Natalie Kaplan is better around dogs than people. She can name practically every breed of dog there is, yet can't fit in at a party. Natalie lives with her control-freak mother, her cake-baking grandmother, and four dogs (including Fufu, her cement chinese Foo dog that is supposed to bring her luck). <BR/><BR/>For Natalie, the summer before her junior year of high school wasn't supposed to be different from any other summer. Natalie planned to hang out with her friends (Nina and Kirby), help out at her mother's vet clinic, and basically continue to be the obedient daughter she has always been. However, at the beginning of summer, a wave of wildness overcomes Natalie - starting with streaking her hair blue and continuing to lying to her mother. When boy-hottie Carter Reed, son of Natalie's mother's friend, comes to stay with them for the summer, Natalie just can't help being attracted to him despite her mother's request to "keep it professional." <BR/><BR/>In one summer, Natalie is about to break the leash from her controlling mother and stray just enough to find herself. <BR/><BR/>STRAY is a funny and warm novel about one dog-loving girl's summer transformation. This is one of my favorite books of the year and I would definitely recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

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    When I started reading this book I found out about Natalie Kaplan and Carver Reed. I thought they were going to be just friends. Well I was sooooo wrong. Those two had some serious sex. Natalie Kaplan may be on a "leash" (held by her strict mother) that doesn't stop her from escaping and being with Carver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Loved it.

    Loved it.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    good book

    this book is a good book im not really into love stories but i finished this book in one night. its a great mix of dogs and love

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    good book maybe can be better...

    give it a three and a half and this book is sweet in a way then peculiar by other details

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    Stray- 3 stars

    Stray is about a girl, Natalie Kaplan who has a very watchful mother. Her mom, a vet, doesn¿t give Natalie a lot of freedom. However, when Carver Reed stays with the Kaplan¿s for the summer, Natalie begins to branch away from her mothers strict hold. Stray is a quick, fun read. However, it is not a book with a lot of adventure and it is quite predictable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    you won't STRAY from this book...

    As an enthusiastic reader, I often have at least three books on my desk, waiting in a queue to be read. I received this book while in the middle of another, but after reading just a few chapters, it was knocked up to the top of my reading list. It is fun, light, and once you stop you can¿t put it down. The novel¿s best and most unique quality is its use of canines- using characteristics of dogs to describe people, applying ¿rule of thumb¿ for dogs to humans 'you¿ll notice this when you read the subtitles for each chapter', and, my favorite, judging a person by whether or not he or she is a ¿dog person¿. Not only is the book enjoyable because almost every other page mentions a dog 'how could you not smile?', but also because the characters are so great. I especially love the comments exchanging between Natalie and her friend Kirby, who are both hold the kind of sarcastic humor that makes me look silly when I laugh about something I read in a book. But to complete the threesome you need Nina, the fun and outgoing girlfriend that you can¿t help but thank when she manages to get details about events going on¿ I easily became emotionally involved in Natalie¿s story, relating to her and rooting for her it is so hard not to connect to Natalie in some way. She goes through all the same things we go through during high school, and that is what gives the book realness. Oh, and the book takes place in San Diego 'where I live as well', so I love that I can imagine Natalie driving down Highway 101!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    A kewl story

    This book was about this girl Natalie who is a total dog luver, and her mom's frend's son Carver is coming 2 stay with them. She has to really good frendz, Nina and Kirby who are very loyal to her. She tries to not like Carver, but you'll have to read to find out if she's succesful with that. I didn't like how some of the kids got drunk, smoked...I don't really like reading books where the kids just party, get drunk, and smoke the majority of the book, but this book was good cuz Natalie knew it was wrong and even though she could have smoked, she didn't. Carver also doesn't want to disappoint Natalie, so he doesn't smoke weed, I thought that was good. I was so sad for Natalie in the end. This book was kewl, and is easy to follow. I liked the way the chapters sorta are applied to people and dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

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    Last summer I was at a writing camp and Ms. Goldblatt came to talk to us about her upcoming YA book, Stray. She read us the first few pages and I was about to be sick. There were some very...crude descriptions and I felt very uncomfortable listening to them. So based on that experience, I do not like the book for that reason.

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