And We Stay by Jenny HubbardAnd We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

And We Stay

byJenny Hubbard

Paperback | May 12, 2015

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A Michael L. Printz Honor Award Winner

“A gentle, lyrical story of incomprehensible sorrow faced with quiet courage.”—ELIZABETH WEIN, New York Times bestselling author

“Hubbard treats tragedy and new beginnings with a skilled, delicate hand.”—JOHN COREY WHALEY, author of Where Things Come Back, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award

Senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school with a stolen gun, threatens his girlfriend, Emily Beam, and then takes his own life. Soon after, angry and guilt-ridden Emily is sent to a boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where two quirky fellow students and the spirit of Emily Dickinson offer helping hands. But it is up to Emily Beam to heal her own damaged self, to find the good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.

Boston Globe Best YA Novel of the Year
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year 
A Tayshas High School Reading List Selection
A North Carolina Young Adult book Award Nominee

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As graceful as a feather drifting down, this lyrical story delivers a deep journey of healing on a tragic theme.”—Kirkus ReviewsStarred

"And We Stay is a little gem of a book. . . . there is certainly something for anyone looking for a good read with a strong, believable female lead who is working her hardest to overcome tragedy.”—School Library JournalStarred

“Hubbard’s writing is elegant and emotional.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“This novel is accomplished, polished, and mixes prose and poetry to stunning effect.”—Booklist

“Hubbard . . . captures perfectly the turbulence of young love, the bonds of friendship, and the push-and-pull dynamic between teens and adults.”—VOYA

From the Hardcover edition.
Michael L. Printz Honor Award-winning And We Stay is Jenny Hubbard’s second novel. Her first, Paper Covers Rock, was a William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist. A former English teacher, Jenny writes books and plays in her hometown of Slisbury, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, a high school math teacher, and their rescue...
Title:And We StayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385740581

ISBN - 13:9780385740586


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice The way poetry is integrated into the story was very interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An story about an emotional journey that shouldn’t be read lightly And We Stay is Emily’s emotional journey as she comes to terms with her actions and her boyfriend’s suicide. The aftermath of the suicide is tumultuous, so Emily is sent to boarding school where she is forced to heal herself and examine her choices and her relationship. And We Stay is heavily rooted within Emily’s emotional understanding of the world and they way she perceives it. The novel focuses on her confused feelings through the use of her own poetry as well as Emily Dickinson’s poetry. If you’re not a fan or poetry or Emily Dickinson I wouldn’t recommend this book. Each chapter begins and ends with one of the main characters own poems and Emily Dickinson’s poems are sprinkled throughout. I didn’t enjoy the poems while reading through, however at the end I reread the poems and saw them in a different light. What I liked most about this book is how the reader isn’t told the entire story between Emily and her boyfriend at the beginning. Emily divulges the information bit by bit dragging out the tension and tiny mysteries within. These bit of information are revealed when Emily has to reflect on her feelings or is confronted with them. As mentioned previously, the poems are linked to moments from her past and can be read as story of her relationship with her boyfriend and what led to the suicide. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I could have because I wasn’t in a place to appreciate Emily’s emotional journey. I would recommend this book to people who are dealing with their own emotional experience. Overall, And We Stay is a story about an emotional journey that shouldn’t be read lightly. It features poetry that exposes Emily’s character and all her vulnerabilities while also allowing the reader to reflect on their own emotions that are prompted.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! This book follows a girl named Emily Beam who is sent to a boarding school following the suicide of her boyfriend Paul. She meets many friends, and becomes best friends with her roommate K.T. As the story progresses, Emily learns how to cope with tragedy, how to open up to people, and how to continue her journey to recovery. The whole story revolves around Emily and her new friend K.T. There are many additional characters who are lovely as well like Emily's teachers and other friends from the dorm house. Emily's story is so raw and tragic that you can't help but feel for her. The novel was so realistic and although I have not been through a similar situation, I felt like I could fully understand what she was going through due to the descriptive writing style. Emily's growth as a person throughout this book was astounding and I am really glad that I was able to go on the journey with her through reading. Emily's best friend K.T. is my favorite character. She was so welcoming, kind, quirky, and just adorable! All the characters in this book were so unique which just added to how realistic the whole book was. I could not personally relate to any of the characters, but the descriptions of the characters and their stories made it easy for me to empathize with all of them. This book is so beautifully written and the influence of poetry is very interesting. I am not someone who usually enjoys poetry, but the elegant way that it is weaved into the book made it so much more bearable. A very appreciated aspect of this book was the poems at the end of each chapter. It was very unique and made the book enjoyable. (This book also has quite short chapters which is something I love). I would recommend this read to anyone looking for a book with flawless character development, realistic characters, and an influence of poetry. If poetry is not something you enjoy (like me), I think you should still give this book a chance, maybe it'll blow you away! Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!
Date published: 2016-07-15

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013:"Teasing out strands of the past and the present, Hubbard masterfully twines together a story of one girl’s journey to self-identity...As graceful as a feather drifting down, this lyrical story delivers a deep journey of healing on a tragic theme."Starred Review, Booklist, November 15, 2013:"This novel is accomplished, polished, and mixes prose and and poetry to stunning effect...Hubbard’s narrative tone will only  make readers want to lean in closer."Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 2014:"A little gem of a book...Despite the heavy topics, the book feels sweet and poetic and never gratuitous. Budding poets may particularly appreciate Emily’s story, but there is certainly something for anyone looking for a good read with a strong, believable female lead who is working her hardest to overcome tragedy."Publishers Weekly, October 21, 2013:"Hubbard’s writing is elegant and emotional...Mature readers who enjoy a bit of melancholy and might spark to Dickinson will be in good company on Emily’s journey."BookPage, February 2014:"Hubbard is an accomplished poet as well as a novelist, and Emily Beam’s poems are remarkably good. Writing these poems leads Emily out of the darkness of a New England winter and into a fragile spring—out of tragedy and into something resembling hope."Shelf Awareness, February 21, 2014:"Most poetry comes from a place of deep emotion. That's certainly true for Emily Beam, Jennifer Hubbard's (Paper Covers Rock) sympathetic protagonist in And We Stay... Hubbard convincingly integrates Emily Beam's poems alongside her recollections of Paul and her life before boarding school."VOYA, December 2013:"[Hubbard] captures perfectly the turbulence of young love, the bonds of friendship, and the push-and-pull dynamic between teens and adults...Definitely recommend this book to your introspective patrons who relish romantic tragedy, poetry, and intricate relationships among girls and their boyfriends, friends, and teachers.", January 22, 2014:"This book is truly beautiful both inside and out. Within the story, Hubbard elegantly navigates the prose of Emily’s life combined with the many poems Emily writes to cope with the misfortunes that have befallen her...The way Hubbard writes AND WE STAY is both attractive and exquisite."From the Hardcover edition.