Hailey Bloom just wants to be normal. She has been famous her whole life and now she doesn’t want to be. She has left that life behind and enrolled in college hoping to be just like everyone else. There she meets Caleb Fox. He is different. He doesn’t treat her like she is famous or like some conquest he will run and report to the media. Hailey has real trust issue because of the life she has lived but maybe Caleb will be the one to show her that she can have something different.
Hailey has her 19th birthday in this book so while it is a romance novel I also felt it was a novel about a young girl discovering herself. Hailey had a real piece of work in the mother department and with her move to college she was finally out from under her. This was Hailey’s time to figure out what she wanted from life not what she had always been told she wanted. The parts with her discovering who she is are very heartfelt and well done. I think that is the crux of NA and what makes it so different from other romance genres.
Art sings in my every nerve, my blood…and what if this is really who I am. Who I’m meant to be. But I don’t want to be famous. I don’t. I want to be normal. Have a normal life. Not have to open a paper or turn on a TV screen and see my name all over the screen. I want to fall in love, get married one day, have a family in the far future and have a career that I love.
I don’t want to stay in Hollywood. I don’t want to be the Hailey Bloom.
Now let’s talk about Caleb, wonderful, sweet, sigh worthy Caleb. Could he have been anymore perfect? Where was a dude like that when I was 19? He was so sincere in his love for Hailey and is so sweet in the things he does for her. He didn’t let her run or turn away and he took everything she had, all the insecurities, and only gave back happiness and love. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to take him home with me, you know if something like that could be done. Heh.
For about the first 10% of the book I was thinking it was kind of slow. Hailey and Caleb meet and then don’t meet and it is kind of a back and forth game. Then we meet all the secondary characters. Daphne, Caleb’s sister and Hailey’s new BFF and all Caleb’s friends. Once they are introduced the story takes off. The interaction between all of them and how they are with Hailey and Caleb made the book for me. I think they served well to balance the main relationship.
I don’t read much NA because I find that I can’t identify with the younger characters. I had heard really good things about Stay With Me so I decided to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed. The characters might be young in age but they are mature in life and in the way they act. I had no issues with their age nor at any time did I roll my eye at the angst as I am often wont to do with NA. I did have one small issue with the book and that was how easily the main conflict was resolved. Hailey stressed for most of the book and then it was done in two pages. I would have liked to explore more with her mother or more with how something was done about the conflict.
I know that Ms. Patrick has several books in this series releasing over the next year and I cannot wait to read them! Final grade- B
“Awww, you two lovebirds are so cute.” Jaime leans forward. “So, show her the magic trick.”
“I’m trying, but you still haven’t disappeared yet.”
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