An Unforgettable Novel About The Power Of Friendship And Kindness By The New York Times Bestselling Author Of Pay It Forward In The Summer Of , Fourteen Year Old Lucas Painter Carries A Huge Weight On His Shoulders His Brother Is Fighting In Vietnam His Embattled Parents Are Locked In A Never Ending War And His Best Friend, Connor, Is Struggling With His Own Family Issues To Find Relief From The Chaos, Lucas Takes Long, Meandering Walks, And One Day He Veers Into The WoodsThere He Discovers An Isolated Cabin And Two Huge Dogs Frightened, He Runs And The Dogs Run With Him Lucas Finds Unusual Peace In Running With The Dogs, And Eventually He Meets Their Owner, Zoe Dins Closed Off And Haunted By A Tragic Past, Zoe Has Given Up She Doesn T Want To Be Saved She Wants Out But Lucas Doesn T Want Her To Go, And He Sees An Opportunity To Bring Than One Friend Back Into The Light It S Either The Best Or Worst Idea He S Ever Had, But Lucas Isn T Giving Up On Zoe Or ConnorTheir Unexpected Connection Might Be The Saving Grace That Zoe Thought She D Lost, That Connor Needs, And That Lucas Has Been Running Toward This was such a touching read I was utterly transfixed by this novel as I read it over the course of a single day It was gentle.It was sweet It was heartbreaking.And it was life affirming The majority of the novel takes place in the summer of 1969 and focuses on 14 year old Lucas Painter Lucas is the sweetest character ever I have never felt so maternal about a character when reading a book as I have about Lucas He s just on life s precipice about to become a man, but still a boy And it s this mix of childish innocence with a growing maturity that makes him a beautiful character to read about Lucas is the type of person that takes on other people s worries His heart isn t big enough for how much he cares His parents are constantly arguing at home, his older brother Roy is fighting in Vietnam and his best friend Connor is struggling with depression And Lucas wants to help them all but doesn t know how That is until one day he goes running in the woods and comes across two big dogs and they all start running for joy together And then Lucas meets their owner, the mysterious Zoe Dins who lives alone in the woods with just these two dogs for company And thusly follows a life altering summer that moulds the lives of all these characters in ways that they couldn t have imagined The story touches on issues of coping with grief, addiction and depression through the eyes of fourteen year old Lucas along with exploring the impact of wartime on both those who are drafted and those left behind And Catherine Ryan Hyde explores these issues with great aplomb by never once treating them in any casual manner, instead giving them the gravitas they require This is a very lovely book that would make a great book club read as there are so many talking points and discussion worthy issues My rating is hovering between 3.5 and 4 stars with my only drawback being the very short Part Two that occurs at the end of the novel 90% stage While many readers will no doubt enjoy the fifty year flash forward to see how the characters lives have ended up, to me this detracted from some of the magic of that long summer of 1969 But this is a very personal opinion as I am a lover of open ended stories However, if you like your books to finish up with no lose ends then this is certainly the book for you Recommended An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Lake Union Publishing, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review For reviews and book related chat check out my blog When Catherine Ryan Hyde comes out with a new book, I immediately get it When I saw this on NetGalley as a Read Now, I downloaded it right away Wow What a wonderful story It s heartbreaking, honest, and a gentle story I loved it and couldn t put it down Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book All opinions are my own 5 A beautiful story written with heart and depth about 14 year old Lucas Painter s coming of age during the summer of 1969 While his parents fight loudly everyday, his dad coming home later and later at night, Lucas last letter from his brother in Vietnam has him seriously worried, thanks to it s mostly being blacked out by censors What was his brother trying to tell him Out in the woods walking one day to clear his mind, Lucas sees two dogs, they spot him and begin chasing him He s relieved that they re not actually chasing him but are enjoying running with him they belong to Zoe Dins, a woman he soon rescues and befriends Lucas finds running with the two dogs, now daily, offers wonderful peace from his troubles It tugged at my heartstrings reading of the heavy burdens Lucas carries Family life is lonely with his parents arguing daily, his brother Roy finally returns home safe from Vietnam but different and with afflictions, his friend Connor is depressed and withdrawn, and he worries about his new older friend Zoe A loner and an outcast in their community, she lives in the middle of the woods still mourning over an accident twenty years earlier she s never forgiven herself for, feeling she s to blame After Zoe returns home from the hospital Lucas checks on her welfare during his daily runs He eventually begins sharing his troubles with her and learns valuable life lessons through Zoe that helps his brother, friend, and even Zoe herself Stay is a powerful story of family, friendship, helping others, forgiveness and healing Another compelling, thoughtful novel from author Catherine Ryan Hyde.Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this ARC. Stay is the coming of age story of a boy, Lucas Painter, in 1969 This is the point in his life where he becomes a man, even though he feels inadequate and responsible for so much than should be on his 14 year old shoulders He finds peace when he begins to run one day in the woods near his house and happens upon two huge dogs by an old cabin that begin to run with him daily The dogs, Rembrandt and Vermeer, give unconditional love and support, as is their nature.He soon meets their owner, Zoe Dins and from that point, his life takes the path to become the person he was meant to be I do not want to write details of the storyline I think this book should be read not knowing than that, but I will say that this story is about the ups and downs of life Finding strength that you never knew you had Going on when you lease want to What it is to be a friend Finding a way to feel worthy to go on when deep inside you don t believe that can ever happen The characters are so life like with admirable qualities and flaws The town and woods are etched in my mind by the wonderful descriptions The characters people of this book are now a part of my life They will not leave my memory for a long time There is so much wisdom written in this story So much of it touched my heart and soul I wanted to read fast to find out what was going to happen and I also did not want it to end I cannot express how much I love this book I want everyone to read it I want it to become a movie, so the non readers out there can experience this story also I wish I could give this book than just 5 stars I want to thank NetGalley.com and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read the ARC for this amazing book Catherine Ryan Hyde is an excellent storyteller I wanted to write my opinion in hopes others will also discover this author and enjoy her books. Having read all of Catherine Ryan Hyde s novel, I come to expect wonderful, well developed characters, lovable dogs, a feisty cat and frequently a horse I just finished an ARC of Stay, and all were part of this beautiful story, except a horse As usual, a message is delivered in her stories and that was true here A single choice can alter the direction of a life In this case, that could be said of several of her interesting characters, but so Lucas The choices he made impacted his own life and those of his brother Roy, his friend Connor and Zoe, a local outcast.This is a story of friendships, struggle, difficult decisions and complicated relationships It s also about the love and bonds that animals bring us, with their ability to comfort when we re sad or lonely Lucas is young, but wise beyond his years, carrying burdens, very heavy for a young teen His path was certainly affected by the choices that he and the others made.This novel is beautifully written, just what we have come to expect from Catherine Ryan Hyde I loved it Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC LakeUnionPublishing NetGalley CatherineRyanHyde Interesting twist on flawed families The story contains addiction issues, views on the war, how to forgive and go forward in your life, the art of having empathy for others and above all, the importance of family and friendship.Written from 14 year old Lucas s perspective His mother and father fight constantly, his older brother is fighting in the Vietnam War, his best friend seems to be contemplating suicide, he discovers a love for running as he befriends 2 dogs that belong to a women s living in the woods.Many thanks to NetGallery, the publisher and author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, for the opportunity to read and review Stay in exchange for my honest review. A beautiful story written with heart and depth about 14 year old Lucas Painter s coming of age during the summer of 1969 While his parents fight loudly everyday, his dad coming home later and later at night, Lucas last letter from his brother in Vietnam has him seriously worried, thanks to it s mostly being blacked out by censors What was his brother trying to tell him Out in the woods walking one day to clear his mind, Lucas sees two dogs, they spot him and begin chasing him He s relieved that they re not actually chasing him but are enjoying running with him they belong to Zoe Dins, a woman he soon rescues and befriends Lucas finds running with the two dogs, now daily, offers wonderful peace from his troubles It tugged at my heartstrings reading of the heavy burdens Lucas carries Family life is lonely with his parents arguing daily, his brother Roy finally returns home safe from Vietnam but different and with afflictions, his friend Connor is depressed and withdrawn, and he worries about his new older friend Zoe A loner and an outcast in their community, she lives in the middle of the woods still mourning over an accident twenty years earlier she s never forgiven herself for, feeling she s to blame After Zoe returns home from the hospital Lucas checks on her welfare during his daily runs He eventually begins sharing his troubles with her and learns valuable life lessons through Zoe that helps his brother, friend, and even Zoe herself Stay is a powerful story of family, friendship, helping others, forgiveness and healing Another compelling, thoughtful novel from author Catherine Ryan Hyde.Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this ARC. I wasnt sure about this book I received an ARC from NetGalley but it wasnt my usual genre mystery thriller psychological so I wasnt prepared for what I read The story starts with Lucas, a fourteen year old boy, who was very confused His home was unsettling with his parents fighting all the time and as a teenager he had loads of questions about life And no one to talk to.His best friend, Connor wasnt much help either having an unstable mom and being depressed himself The story takes you through their friendship and relationship with Zoe, grandma aged lady living in the woods who was responsible for the deaths of two children when the school bus she was driving veered off the road And from there the story took hold of me and wouldnt let go It hit home a bit because it also covers the time of the Vietnam War which Lucas brother served in and I grew up in that era I found myself turning pages and reading every minute I could because the home life these boys had was what brought them to be closer and rely on each other for their well being.Lucas philosophy on life was amazing especially the book , in the second half, fast forwards 50 years and finds Lucas telling his stories to Connor s grandson..who states everyone dies in your story to which Lucas replies If you think having and losing is so bad, try never having So profound are the statements in this book A must read I was glad I read out of my usual genre. Stay by Catherine Ryan HydeA spellbinding read of friendship, family, and the inquisitiveness of a 14 year old boy Lucas Painter has a great deal on his mind and carries a lot of weight on his shoulders His brother is in Vietnam, his parents scream and yell incessantly, his best friend is living in the dark and extreme solitude of his household and is afraid to leave his mother alone To get away from life, Lucas goes for walks in the woods A place his mother never wants him to go because she is afraid he will get lost But it is a place of peace for Lucas When he finds an isolated cabin one day, he also comes upon two big dogs Lucas starts running and the dogs follow him It is only after he accidentally trips that he realizes they are running with him not chasing him Soon, it becomes a daily pattern for Lucas He runs to the cabin, runs with the dogs throughout the forest and returns home On one of these trips, Lucas is alerted there may be trouble He does what he can to take care of the owner of the cabin and the dogs Soon, he finds a friend in the woman who lives there and unconditional love from the dogs As Lucas works his way through many issues over that summer, Zoe becomes a guide for him She also finds a way to help Connor, Lucas friend, escape the darkness When Lucas brother returns home, Lucas takes on responsibility to ensure his brother heals and addresses his multiple issues In the end, he ends up with better relationships with Connor, his brother and others and begins to set limits of what he finds acceptable and doable and what he does not Stay has multiple meanings for Lucas in regard to each person he relates to, yet it is also an overlapping concept for him While Zoe tries to teach him to not to feel responsible for everyone and everything, Lucas has a hard time finding a way to that point during that year, but slowly does A novel that is crisp and sharp, yet doesn t miss any aspect of detail, nuance, fluency or reality It is a wonderful story with characters that are easily you or me or someone we know It is a novel that once started is not one the reader will want to put down A truly tremendous read Rating 4.9 I chose to read and review an advanced copy of this novel All thoughts and opinions, as well Catherine Ryan Hyde does it again, writing an emotional, uplifting book about difficult topics Stay touches on thoughts of suicide, the Vietnam War, family dynamics, addiction and life in a small town The consequences of things you do in your life will follow you throughout your life, but that doesn t have to be a bad thing While reading the book you will wish you could personally be in the story so you could have sweet Lucas, Conner and Zoe in your life Hopefully we all have people like them in our lives to keep us going when we are down My favorite quote from the book is If you think having and losing is so bad, try never having I totally believe that it is always better to have loved and lost than never to have loved I want to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine Ryan Hyde for an ARC of Stay in exchange for an honest review Honestly you don t want to miss this well written, uplifting book filled with characters you will remember long after your done reading It will be out December 3, 2019.