Monday, May 9, 2011

28: Stay With Me

Stay With Me, by Sandra Rodriquez Barron, tells the story of five children found abandoned in a boat in Puerto Rico after a hurricane. They are dressed well, and all have a starfish drawn on their hands. The story jumps forward thirty years to when the children are adults – and have decided that they are siblings. The five adults gather at the home of one of the sibling’s girlfriends off the coast of Maine, after discovering that David, the eldest, has brain cancer.

The five reconnect and have formed a family of sorts. Through a series of unfortunate and fortunate events, they discover the mystery behind their shared history and travel to Puerto Rico, to the Dominican Republic and back, all with their green starfish on their hands (now a permanent tattoo).

I didn’t expect to like this book this much. I expected it to be poorly written and it was not. I didn’t expect to cry so much and to finish and just sigh contentedly. I really enjoyed this book. I really felt for all the characters, and it brings the whole, “your family can be people you choose as much as those you are related to” into play. 

I give this book a solid 8/10. A wonderful story overall.

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