And We Stay

And We Stay

Book - 2014
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Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and d begins to heal.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780375989551
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 22 cm


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Emily Beam knows why her boyfriend committed suicide, and it’s all her fault. When she is sent to boarding school to start over, Emily must confront the tragedy that haunts her through poetry, friendship, and a little help from the spirit of Emily Dickinson.

After witnessing her boyfriend's suicide, Emily Beam transfers to the Amherst School for Girls, where she begins to find herself again with a little help from the spirit of Emily Dickinson. Alternating between poetry and prose, this lyrical story illustrates the healing power of creative expression.

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PimaLib_MegginK Oct 15, 2015

Jenny Hubbard writes beautifully. If you like poetry or novels in verse, you'll really enjoy reading about Emily as she writes her way to a better place.

Cynthia_N Mar 25, 2015

Interesting book. I like the poetry interspersed with the story but the story itself didn't seem deep enough for the circumstances.

JCLChrisK Aug 15, 2014

A good story, but told through a writing style that didn't connect with me. Since leaving high school I've found some poetry that I've really fallen in love with, but this was a strong reminder of why I thought poetry wasn't for me when I was a student. I could have overlooked that, though, had I felt more emotional engagement with Emily; but I just didn't get the visceral sense of her trauma that I should have. That said, I think the right audience will truly love this one and there are definitely readers for it. Abstractly introspective, artistic, sad, and poetic.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

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Emily hasn't told any of the girls at her new school the reason she transferred there so suddenly -- that her ex-boyfriend had committed suicide.
- Andrea Lipinski


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