Stay With Me

– Best Books of 2011, Kirkus Reviews
– Best Books of 2011, School Library Journal
– New York Times Editor’s Choice
– Official Selection of the Junior Library Guild
– Best Books 2011, Richie’s Picks
– Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards 2012-13
– 2011 Pennsylvania School Librarians Assoc YA Top 10
– Missouri Assoc School Librarians Top 25 2013-14 Gateway Award
– YALSA 2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Fifteen-year-olds Céce and Mack didn’t expect to fall in love. She’s a sensitive A student; he’s a dropout. But soon they’re spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, sharing secrets, planning for the future. Everything is perfect. Until. Until. Mack makes a horrible mistake, and in just a few minutes, the future they’d planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both must find meaning and hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can’t stay. Penguin/Dial Books 2011

“Funny, wrenching, often heartbreaking. Scarily credible dialogue. Gorgeously rendered. Gracefully answers questions and solves mysteries, leaving us with hope and a smile.” – Cathi Hanauer, New York Times (editor’s choice)

*“Haunting. Passionate. Bittersweet. Stellar.” – L Newman, School Library Journal (starred)

*“Heartbreaking. Achingly, authentically, emotionally resonant.” – Kirkus (starred)

*“Unique and genuine. This is romance but also true tragedy. Heart-wrenching. Griffin’s great accomplishment, though, is that he subtly maintains a level of optimism in this painful story, creating in readers a mixture of emotions that won’t soon leave them.” –Katrina Hedeen, Horn Book (starred)

*“This tender portrayal of a doomed romance is utterly engrossing, drawing readers in with engagingly authentic dialogue and fully realized characters. Be sure to hand out tissues with this one. – KQG, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, (starred)

“Authentic, painful, and heartfelt. Griffin’s gift at giving voice to deeply flawed, disadvantaged characters without patronizing or oversimplifying their circumstances shines in this moving novel of loss, acceptance, and the possibility of redemption.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Realistic fiction with realistic underlined. This book will find its way to the “favorites” shelf right next to books like S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders.” – Lona Trulove, VOYA

“…offers a strong title in the competitive teen romance genre. With tragic Romeo-and-Juliet elements, this is a fast-paced, refreshingly honest, and surprisingly realistic urban love story. – Bethany Fort, Booklist

“Exquisite, an unforgettable and intense portrait of first love, family ties and the bond between man and dog.” – Michelle Segal, Sunday Herald Sun

“From its opening paragraph, this wonderful novel for young adults promises searing honesty and gut-wrenching heartache – and rarely has a book delivered with such desperate and terrible beauty upon its promise. A truly remarkable piece of writing that stays with the reader long after the last page has been turned.” – Dani Colvin, The Sunday Tazmanian

“A memorable tearjerker written with rare grace.” – Cameron Woodhead, The Saturday Age

“A beautifully written, emotional roller coaster of a love story that I could not put down.” – Chris Lloyd, ReadPlus

“A distinct, authentic voice.” – Lyn Linning, Magpies


Theme Song sung by Paul’s brother John Griffin

Theme Song, cover by Taiyo Na


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