Just Stay

Just Stay

by Michelle Abbott


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ISBN-13: 9781291884340
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.43(d)

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Just Stay 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
writester More than 1 year ago
JUST STAY by Michelle Abbott is a YA romance set in the UK. I read this book based on the recommendation of others, but I have to admit right away that I don’t often read YA. Therefore, my comments will probably be biased. The premise of this story is compelling. Meeting a surprise love while away on a family vacation is fraught with potential complications. And Abbott doesn’t disappoint—there are several revealed throughout. This story is driven by the two main characters, Trey and Pia. I’m used to reading about adults, so it was hard to suspend my preconceived notions about how these characters should behave. They both had moments of immaturity that I struggled with, but those moments are probably age-appropriate. I never really related to Pia. She doesn’t have much of a character arc. She does become slightly more trusting, but she doesn’t really change. Trey, however, captivated me. His family life would make a novel in and of itself. He really carried the story for me. My heart breaks for him. The Pia-centric portions slowed down for me, but the Trey parts really moved. He grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let go. If you enjoy YA romances, I recommend this story. Trey alone carries the novel—he’s the quintessential bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold girls love to crush over, and following his journey to the end is satisfying.
wheeldav More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Just Stay. I found the easy, and often snarky, banter between Pia and "Ima" to be quite entertaining. It drew me in quickly and had me devouring this in one evening. Pia isn't thinking she will enjoy this family vacation at all. Trey finds Pia a challenge, a break from his regular life, and there is a pull between them he simply can't resist. There is much more to Trey than Pia originally thinks. ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
3.5 “Just Stay” Stars!  Angsty, Emotional and Also Fun! A Sweet Romance with Heart and Substance!  The Review:  I really enjoyed this fun, new adult romance, which touched on some very real and heavy topics while also giving you a sweet romance. Though, in my opinion, there were some flaws with it, I still found it touching, realistic and heartfelt. The characters were interesting and connectable and the story itself was consuming enough, I found myself reading it in one sitting. Story/Characters...  Pia is vacationing with her family, a vacation in which she doesn’t want to be on. She has a life back home and a guy she’s interested in and she wants nothing more than to get a chance at one date with him before she heads off to college. Her parents want one final family getaway and have dragged her along for the ride.  While sitting on the beach, trying to get cell reception to find out from her best friend if that date she so desperately wants, is a go, she meets a handsome stranger who she instantly trades snark with. I loved Pia’s character in the beginning. She could sling verbal sparring with everyone and still come out sweet and likable. And I LOVED Trey and Pia’s initial meet! Sparks were flying! Trey’s whole life has been in the small Cornish village most come to vacation at for a short while before leaving to go back to their lives. He’s often taken advantage of the short term relationships those vacationers afford him because his life isn’t set up for more than one night stands. Tragedy struck his family a few years before and daily life for Trey is stifling as he tries to hold together what’s left of his family.  When he meets Pia, he quickly sees what “could be” if he wasn’t tied to an unstable mother who needs constant monitoring. Trey’s character was so heartbreaking. He can’t leave. He can’t work. He’s lost so much and the one person who should have been there to see him through, left when things got rough. Trey’s future is bleak and he has no prospects and no solid path.  His life is spiraling out of control and there’s no help in sight. But when he meets Pia, it’s like a breath of fresh air and he wants so desperately to breath deep.  Pia and Trey have many obstacles to overcome before they can find their happily-ever-after.  Thoughts...  This book got to me on an emotional level. It deals with sever depression, suicide and the toll death takes on a family. My heart broke for Trey’s situation and everything he and his family had gone through. His mother was so disconnected, she couldn’t see what was right in front of her... a loving son who was literally giving up his own life to take care of her. Trey’s father was a jackhole of epic proportions. He ran when things got tough and though I can understand that’s how he decided to cope with what happened, I didn’t understand his actions towards Trey at all. This family was broken and completely shattered. The angsts were very real and enjoyable to read.  But... At first, I really enjoyed Pia’s snark. She was tough and strong-headed but about halfway through the book, she turns her snark to judgment, always accusing Trey of stuff from his past. She listened to people she didn’t even know and gave him the cold shoulder without talking to him first. She threw snide comments and didn’t handle it with any maturity at all. Also, I know it couldn’t be helped because Trey was stuck in his home, never really able to leave, but having graphic sex with his mom in the next room was kind of creepy. Don’t get me wrong, Trey and Pia’s chemistry was hot and sultry and they were fun together but knowing his mom was in the next room, drugged or not, was distracting. And she even comments at one point about his “whores” so she knew what was going on behind closed doors. I kept expecting her to bust in on them! lol. It was hard for me to concentrate on the yummies. I also think given the characters were having such hot sex, drinking and acting like grown-ups, their maturity level needed adjusting. They did some very immature things throughout the story. And lastly, sometimes the story got bogged down with mundane things like a play by play of Pia’s family outings while on vacation, Trey’s cooking techniques or his cleaning of the house, which seemed to have no relevance to the story itself. I kept expecting something to happen during those scenes, for their to be a reason they were given so much detail, but it never really lead anywhere.  The Wrap Up:  This was a quick, fun and angsty read and regardless of the “buts”, I still completely enjoyed this story. The parts that had substance were really good and though tragic, Trey’s situation added a lot of conflict. I enjoyed the friendships and the connection between the characters. I loved the ending and how Trey’s situation was handled. I also loved that Pia found what she really wanted and life was going to get better for everyone. This was a great afternoon read! NOTE: * Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews * Just Stay is a New Adult, Contemporary Romance written by Michelle Abbott. I was gifted a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review through Drue’s Random Chatter.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Sweet story of young love Favorite Quotes: “My brain freezes and I gape at her with my mouth open.  They think I know who he is.  I can’t tell them I don’t know his name.  What do I say?  He opens his mouth, but before he can speak I jump in.  “His name’s Ima Jerkoff,” I announce.  I notice Mum and Dad’s eyes widen in shock.  Ha, get out of that one, jerk.  I fold my arms and smirk at him.  He covers his mouth with his hand; he appears to be having a coughing fit.” My Review: This was cute and sweet story of young love that blossoms from a vacation romance into a little more, and does so rather quickly.  It is a role reversal from what I usually expect, as the one being left behind and wanting more from the relationship, is the young man.  He is actually not much more than a boy, but we find he hasn’t really been allowed to be a boy as he is also the caretaker of a needy and mentally ill parent.  I enjoyed his story, and developed a lump in throat and squeezing in my chest during the heavier scenes when the story turned on him.  The tale flows well and is easy to read and easy to follow.  There were only a few steamy sensual scenes, but they were nicely done.  While it was not all light and breezy, and took some dark turns, the ending brought a smile to my face.   
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cathydianeb More than 1 year ago
Pia is on a trip with her family, since it may be the last they have in a while. She will be heading to Uni in a couple of weeks. She meets Trey a local that is rumoured to be a big playboy. Trey is immediately taken by Pia and finds out quickly she isn’t like the other girls in his past, but he has secrets that keep him form a life of his own. This is a lovely, bittersweet tale of two young people becoming adults. I found it very beautiful. I felt like was on vacation with Pia and her family. I love the charm of it being set abroad. There is some sex in it so it’s not for very young people, but I found it done tastefully. I fell in love with Trey myself and my heart went out to him. I recommend this to anyone that likes stories about new adults, coming of age, grief, loss, chefs, Cornish pasties,vacations, and some sweet, hot sex. * I received a copy of this book free-of-charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own*
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
Arc received for an honest review I tend to stay away from Young Adult books because I think they are basically the same.  But there was something about this story that really got my attention. I 'm glad that I decided to review it because it was really a great story! This is my first time reading this author and I was very impressed with her writing and her storytelling.  I liked how she developed the characters and how they grew through out the story.  I think that a lot of people can identify with Pia. She is sweet, kind and not the most confident.  She realizes what Trey is all about but she can't help the pull.  Trey,  for his part, is more than he sees, which was a nice surprise.  I really enjoyed this fun romance between these very likable characters.