And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard- Review

Author: Jenny Hubbard
Publisher: Delacorte Press (Random House Childrens)
Date Published: January 7th 2014
Blurb Description: When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.
My Rating: 4.5 stars!

My Review: 
*Trying to write smaller reviews:)*
And We Stay is the story of Emily Beam, the new girl at Amherst Academy for Girls, who is quite different from everyone else there- she neither wears the 'right' clothes nor the shoes, goes for walks with only her thoughts to accompany her, scribbles down poems in the dead of the night and gets locked in water closets...

That's not all, however, for Emily Beam is a girl with a Past, a Past that cannot be altered or even made up for: she cries out in her sleep and puts her pain into the soulful poems she writes. Poems that comprise, in all their finesse, the secrets she has to make peace with; the secrets she does not talk about.

"The sky that held her dreams has now stolen her story... And the stars know just how to tell them- Night after Night, over and over"*

Back in her home town, Grenfell County, Emily led a pretty ok life- spending her days cheerleading and getting straight A's and hanging out with her boyfriend, Paul. It’s an idyllic, picturesque life in many ways. That is, until the unthinkable happens: Paul shoots himself in the school library, in front of Emily, leaving her all alone with the new life growing inside of her...

Through the course of the book, Hubbard takes us seamlessly from the past to the present, with Emily’s memories and present day happenings. She shows us what her life used to be, how and why Paul did what he did and how she reached where she is now.
And We Stay is Emily Beam's story- of her past and the ‘what ifs’ and ‘what could've beens’ that she ponders over and the pain she has to deal with; her present where she focuses on putting one step (or word) in front of the other to deal with what happened in the past and her future, that she must somehow look forward too after killing something she helped create!

I really loved the book, as it dealt with some of life's big issues like suicide and teenage pregnancy and the consequences of your choices and we'll as the (comparatively) little ones like friendship. Jenny Hubbard is a one of a kind author, and I would encourage anyone and everyone who likes poetry (especially Emily Dickinson) and a heart- warming as well as heart-breaking tale that will stay with you for sometime to come!

*Quotes are subject to change from my ARC

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