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Something Borrowed meets Must Love Dogs in this big- hearted debut about friendship, love, and a German Shepherd named Joe.

Savannah "Van" Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke ever since she literally fell head over heels in front of him on the first day of college. Now, six years later, instead of standing across from him at the altar, Van's standing behind her best friend Janie as maid of honor, trying to mask her heartache and guilt as Janie marries the only man Van's ever loved. Before, Van's mother died, she told Van never to let Peter go, but as the couple exchanges vows, Van wonders if her fairy tale ending will ever come true.

After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any heartbroken woman in her situation would do: She impulsively buys a German Shepherd over the Internet. The pocket-size puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak, and 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 her dog Joe, and together, they work to mend the pieces of Van's shattered heart. And it certainly doesn't hurt that Joe's vet is a rugged sweetheart with floppy blond hair and a winning smile. But when the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, Van is forced to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted, proving that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better.

Warm and witty, poignant and funny, Stay is an unforgettable debut that illuminates the boundlessness of love and marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice.

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Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2010
ISBN: 9780525951711
Branch Call Number: LARKI
Characteristics: 312 p


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Feb 16, 2018

I randomly picked up this book at the library, and I'm so glad I did! The story was a little predictable but the intricacies of the way the author told the story made it so enjoyable. Complex characters, humor and drama well mixed throughout, highly recommend!

May 22, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It was a lighthearted, quick read that kept me turning the pages. It was, all in all, a predictable and cheesy story, but still enjoyable.

Jul 08, 2014

Who among us hasn't made a major purchase after having a little too much to drink and regretted it the next morning? Van's spur of the moment purchase left her with much more than a ridiculously large credit card bill, it left her with a gigantic german shepherd who only understands commands in Slovakian.

Feeling like the dog is the one chance she might have at unconditional love, Van decides to keep the dog, and there begins an unlikely adventure involving a floppy-haired vet, a charming octogenarian, and the former love of Van's life, who is now married to her best friend.

This isn't the type of book I usually read but I enjoyed it so much, I read it in one sitting. It's light hearted, but warm, and has quite a few lovely moments where the lead character learns important lessons about life, love, and the endless pursuit of perfection.

Dec 29, 2012

One of my favorite books ever! So good, funny, and relatable. The dog adds some cuteness and fun to an other-wise serious story. Any animal lover will enjoy this, as will anybody else. Give it a try! I think you'll be very glad you did!

samihanaimah Jul 22, 2012

You should read this book! So,so good.. the end is the best part!

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Dec 29, 2012

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Dec 29, 2012

"That's what I was missing. That's what I needed. Rin-Tin-Tin wouldn't leave me for thin thighs and an aristocratic nose. Rin Tin Tin would be a loyal friend."


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