Stay with Me

Stay with Me

by Paul Griffin

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Overview

A heartbreaking urban romance from award-winning author Paul Griffin

Fifteen-year-olds Cece and Mack didn't expect to fall in love. She's a sensitive A student; he's a high school dropout. But soon they're spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until Mack makes a horrible mistake, and suddenly the future they'd planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both of them must find hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can't stay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142421727
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/13/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 471,719
Product dimensions: 5.64(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile: HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Paul Griffin lives, writes, and trains dogs in New York City. His novel, The Orange Houses was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top Ten, an International Reading Association 2010 Notable Book for a Global Society, a Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Book of 2009, and an Amelia Bloomer Project Award Winner.

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Stay with Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This is a very fast paced story that deals with tough but real life issues. It is gritty, and I recommend for mature teens. The characters are very believable, down to earth and authentic, and even though I didn't relate a whole lot with some of their circumstances, I really felt for them and wanted for them to come out on top. Tony and Vic are two of the minor characters who really got to me.. Their ability to see the best in people, work to bring it out, and selflessly give really impressed me and I loved seeing their hearts. The main characters Cece and Mack, true to the back cover's description are two very different people, and it is awesome how they see the best in the other and how they are able to connect on that real level. Because of this and the nature of teenage relationships, quickly formed and deeply felt, I am able to buy into the fast paced nature of their physical relationship as well as the attachments they feel. This book doesn't give the rosy happy ending... but it feels so authentic and heart-breaking while at the same time feeling the buds of hope for real change and possibilities for the characters makes it perfect and fitting. From Blkosiner's book blog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i read this book and i amost cryed it was that good i love how it is mostly about what teen lov is about and the things you have too pick from
SharonLong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our library is lucky enough to have Paul Griffin conduct a writing workshop for us in July and we are so thrilled to be welcoming him back for another program. He is such a warm and engaging person and it comes through in the stories he tells. They are harsh realities of a grittier life than most, but tempered with memorable characters and sweet moments too. The dialogue is believable and you can tell Paul writes from the heart about what he knows. The time he has spent working with incarcerated youth (and dogs!) comes through in his authenticity and attention to detail. There are moments in Stay With Me where you are standing on a cliff with the characters hoping they don't make that jump and hoping they make the right choice, knowing that they won't. You want to take them under your wing and guide them, knowing that you can't. It's a frustration born of caring too much. His books make you care too much about the characters, which is a really great problem for an author to have.
AnnaKay21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cece (pronounced Che-Che) is on the track to make something out of her life other than popping out babies and waitressing on the wrong side of town. Mack is a high-school dropout who has a talent with dogs, but can't look people in the eyes. Neither wanted to go out with the other - but when Cece's brother Tony goes into the Army they begin to connect like he said they would. It starts with Mack walking Cece home from work at Vic's Too, the diner they both work at. Then they work to rehabilitate a pitbull together. Slowly, they fall in love and plan their future. But when Mack does something unforgiveable it all begins to fade away. How will their story end? The best word to describe this book is bittersweet. I began this one with expectations of another book like Perfect Chemistry, and ended up with a book that left me sort of cold. I immediately felt like I was reading S.E. Hinton because of the way Mack talks and how REAL he felt to me - but I can't say the same for Cece. I was pretty disappointed with how distanced I was from her character's feelings and problems. I fell in love with Mack (but it fizzled near the end of the book) and I loved Carmella, Vic and Tony as well. But Cece was keeping herself apart from me, and that makes for no easy affair with a book where she's the main character. The way Mack interacted with the Pits and was like a dog whisperer was pure gold though! It made me miss my dog (who's been gone for 7 years) and made me want to finally get another one. You could tell Griffin really knew his way around animals! :) It was well-written and it kept me reading to the end, but it left me feeling numb. VERDICT: 3/5 Stars*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*
annettemills on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stay with Me is a teen romance, but it¿s also a story about the power that dogs can have to change lives. I¿m a real dog lover, and the book gives some insight into dog behavior that was very good.Mack is a teen age drop out, working in a restaurant. But what Mack really loves is to rescue and rehabilitate pit bulls. Anthony is Mack¿s friend who works with him and Cece is Anthony¿s sister. Anthony has enlisted in the army and wants Mack to look after Cece while he is away. Mack has a horrible home life, and doesn¿t think Cece will find anything attractive about him. But, Cece is attracted to Mack, and a relationship develops. There was quite a build up to the romance, which was good. No ¿instalove!¿ Mack is shy and has very low self-esteem, and Cece is a bit overweight (not like the girl on the cover, apparently) so it took a while for things to heat up.The relationship is sizzling. Anthony has left for overseas duty. Mack has a pit bull that is doing great and he wants to give it to Cece. Then an ¿awful thing¿ happens. Everything falls apart. The relationship is over, and Anthony has been injured in the war, is now crippled, and Mack¿s life is forever changed.I¿m going to be honest with you here. I started skimming through the middle of this book. Not because it was a bad book, it just wasn¿t a good fit for my semi-centenarian outlook. First of all, I found it very predictable, once the scene was set. Secondly, the book is written in a colloquial voice that I found annoying. The book is narrated alternately by Cece and Mack, and not just the dialog, but the entire narration is like stream-of-consciousness in short, choppy, sentence fragments. I just didn¿t enjoy the rhythm of the writing.Given that, it¿s still a great read for teens. It¿s a sweet book that has some romance and lots of drama. The ending isn¿t all happy and rosy, although it is hopeful. Recommend this one to kids who enjoy books such as Elkeles¿ Rules of Attraction.
SheilaFitzKelly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a brilliant piece of work. The writing is stunning, and Paul Griffin's character development is wonderful. I was laughing at certain moments and found myself in tears as well. But Griffin does not go for the easy answers here. I also loved the canine characters and the protagonist's connection with them. Mack, Cece, Anthony and the rest will "stay with me" for a long time. Thank you, Paul Griffin, for this amazing book. I can't wait to see the movie! :)
readingdate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A well written and touching story, Stay With Me tugged at my heartstrings. This realistic coming of age book has a compelling story, vivid characters, and lovable rescue dogs. I was hooked on this emotional story immediately and found it to be a moving and inspiring read.Our protagonists¿ story is told over 102 days. Céce (pronounced Chee Chee) and Mack are 15 and in the throes of first love. Even though they are from different worlds, they are drawn to each other and spend every moment they can together. Mack has a big heart but a troubled past. He comes from a broken home and struggles with anger management. Spending time with Céce and her brother Anthony, and working and training rescue dogs have helped him to stay out of trouble. His problems come back in a big way though and he and Céce must try to cope through it.This author has a great way with writing characters. There is a wonderful cast of imperfect characters written with colorful details that make them come alive. My heart ached for Mack and I was rooting for him to succeed. His gifted way with training dogs is a treat to read. Mack struggles with anger, family drama, and a learning disability but has dreams to someday work training dogs professionally. Céce is an A-student who studies her vocabulary for the gifted and talented exam, indulges by sneaking pieces of cheesecake at her workplace, loves The Outsiders movie, and thinks she may have ESP. Together they have chemistry and mesh well together. I like that the story is told in alternating perspectives and I enjoyed each of their character voices equally.The secondary characters are well drawn and help bring the story to life. Anthony is Céce¿s perfect beloved older brother and Mack¿s friend. He enlists in the military and she worries about him constantly. Céce¿s mother changes her hair color as often as she comes up with new holiday themed cornbread recipes. She worries about her son and is drinking to soothe the pain. Vic is the restaurant owner with the heart of gold that is the glue that keeps them together. All of the characters are endearingly flawed and won me over with their quirky character traits.I think many readers will relate to insecure Céce and her embarking on first love, dealing with family difficulties, and striving to succeed academically. She is written in a sweet, sensitive and flawed way that is endearing. Although Mack has some big problems, readers can relate to his struggles, his good heart and his love for dogs.Although the story is heartbreaking in many ways, there are some rays of hope that keep it from being too dark. The conclusion is satisfying, yet bittersweet and a perfect end to the story. This emotional read hit me in the gut with the realistic story and wonderful cast of characters. Recommended for older teens due to mature situations, this realistic book is an emotional and beautiful read. This story of heart and redemption is a treat and I¿m so glad I had the chance to read it. Keep an eye out for Stay With Me this fall.
flashlight_reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Goodness. This book had me laughing and crying all at once. It was so believable. I don't even know where to start... CeCe and Mark are great. But then, so are Vic, Tony and CeCe's mom. Every character was so well written. I felt like I knew them-- like CeCe and Mack could have been my students. All of the characters are broken in some way, which makes them that much more amazing. They all deal with real issues and have to learn to live with their imperfections. It was so honest and heart breaking. Mack has a record and has dropped out of school at 15. CeCe is a genius with a lunatic alcoholic for a mother. Together, they are to epitome of young, star-crossed lovers. Let's start with why Mack is amazing. He's honest. He loves dogs. Despite what others' think, he is gifted. He has a loser father and a mom that has been AWOL since he was 8 or so. He is stereotyped by most of the people he meets and labeled "retarded" because he has a neurological processing disorder. Oh how my heart breaks for this kid because I knew a boy like this once. Reading this story was like reading his life story. Tragic and full of hope at the same time. Then there is CeCe... she's a riot. Brutally honest and insecure. Plus she has a love of cheesecake that I can relate to. Her favorite book to movie adaptation is The Outsiders, which makes her awesome. Her relationship with her mother is "different." The mom seems like the child at times, which leaves CeCe having to take care of her. I know that child too. I could talk about the plot, but it's complicated. Every character has a vital role in the story. On the surface you think the story is about CeCe and Mack (and it is), but it's more than that. Tony's role is HUGE-- and heartbreaking. I really am having a hard time finding words for this review. It was so beautiful. Obviously, I think everyone should read this one. That should be a given at this point. Why should you read it? Why break out of your normal genre(s) of choice to pick up this book? The answer is simple. It's a beautiful story of love, loss, and redemption. I wish I had enough copies of the book so I could loan it out to everyone I know. But, I only have one and I'm guarding it with my life. This book will be a treasure for one of "those kids" that are hard to reach. I know I'll get them hooked with this book.
meliarose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't the best book I've ever read. I liked the characters like Cece who were well developed but the plot kind of bored me. I guess I would recommend it if you had nothing else to do but I wouldn't go out of my way.
lilrongal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book started off a bit slowly, but the tension was enough to keep me interested. I fell in love with both Cece and Mack. Such real characters, and such obstacles thrown at them. The dogs were great. All in all, a great cast of characters, a very intense story line. :)
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This book " Stay with me" by Paul Griffin, is an interesting book. It was touching and heartbreaking. In this book Cece on of the main characters is a sweet girl, and Mack Morris is a high school drop out. They are bother very different people who didn't expect too fall in love. Everything is going well in their relationship until.... Mack makes a horrible mistake that could ruin his relationship with Cece. The characters were very believable. This book is more for teens, there are some section of the book that are for older kids. It was a good book not my favorite book, iI wasnt that intrested in it.
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Its the best book i've ever read. Love, pain, moving on, nothing more to say. Im speechless. It makes you cry and feel deep pain but makes you happy in life. Cry till the last page. I love it. I would want a romance like this. Inspiring. -N
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book but i didn't love it. In some parts of the book you are left to guess what is happening and thats confusing to me. The climax of the book totally took me by surprise and that doesn't happen very often so that was a nice change. I enjoyed reading about Cece's family and found them very likeable. You don't really get to know the characters and Mack and Cece's relationship is shallow in my opinion. Overall the book was good but I'm glad I checked it out from the library instead of buying it. Hope this helped!
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I thought it was plain amazing. I would recomend this to everyone. I was caught in this book and i cried in some part.
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Jeanne99 More than 1 year ago
In Griffin's Stay with Me, you'll feel you are there, making the best of it on the mean streets of New York City. You'll be rooting for Mack, CeCe and Anthony, who hang on to their hopes and struggle against the odds. You'll be fascinated and moved by Mack's love for his dogs, and floored by the destructive threads of family dysfunction and substance abuse. And, thankfully, you'll find some amusement amidst the realism too! Read Stay with Me and you'll be rewarded with riveting insights into the power of love and forgiveness.
kathywhelan More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh and cry and want to fall in love all over again. I loved how I thought I could predict what was going to happen and was wrong every step of the way! It's not a mystery, but you become so engrossed in the characters that you want to know everything about them, and you try to predict how their lives will develop in the story. The characters in the book are so real, and creep into your heart...every one of them, even the dysfunctional ones! And oh yeah...if you love dogs there's a HUGE bonus in reading this book! Definitely a must read for high schoolers and adults, but wouldn't recommend for middle school.
Sue03 More than 1 year ago
I loved Ten Mile River and Orange Houses, but I think Stay With Me is my favorite so far. Reading this novel transported me back to what it feels like to be fifteen again, the characters were so well written and believable. You could see how CeCe would fall in love with Mack, despite his flaws and as the heartbreaking tale unravels, it is impossible to put the book down. The dog training aspects were fascinating, I was almost convinced to run out and get a pit bull, which says a lot, not being a natural dog lover myself. I highly recommend Stay With Me, it is a book that you will think about long after you are done reading it.