07 Feb Book I Love! “And We Stay” by Jenny Hubbard
AND WE STAY is a Printz honor book from 2015, and I think the novel, which is partially in verse, is very worthy of that accolade! Emily Beam’s boyfriend Paul commits suicide in front of her in their school library; Emily then retreats to a Massachusetts boarding school to process this event. At this all-girls school, Emily begins writing poetry and discovers a kinship with Emily Dickinson.
The story is very engrossing; Hubbard reveals the events leading up to Paul’s death slowly, a thread that kept me reading. Emily’s reactions and grief seemed quite real to me, as did her poetry. She’s a little bit spunky, which gives the book a bit of levity, though the subject matter is treated with depth and sensitivity. Overall, this book is a well-written exploration of grief and survival.