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Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Stay with Me

by Ayobami Adebayo

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  • Aug 2017
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  • Bobbie D. (Boca Raton, FL)
    In Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo, the heroine, Yejide, only wants to be loved and accepted into the family.
    The story, which takes place in unstable Nigeria begins in 2008, flashes back to 1985, and ends where it began. It's about a family living with guilt, lies and secrets.
    I found it confusing figuring out which character was talking at the beginning of the chapters.
    The novel moved very slowly but gradually picked up pace as the secrets were revealed.
    Not sure how I feel about the ending or the novel itself!
  • Gale A. (Chico, CA)
    Stay with Me
    Based on the initial comments I read, I had high hopes for this book. I'm sorry to say I was disappointed.

    Stay with Me starts off well. I liked the setting! So fun to read a book from a completely different culture. I loved the culinary references and the two African Folktales. I also liked the writing style of hearing from the two main characters in first person.

    The plot begins with an intriguing premise, especially after the introduction of the second wife. But the struggle to get pregnant grew wearisome. It also brought out the greatest flaw of the book --- the shallowness of the characters. With the one exception of how they met at university, we see the two main characters only in relation to this fertility problem. They lack chemistry as a couple and they are completely incapable of communicating on important issues.

    Worst of all, the two main characters are not at all likable. They both commit unconscionable acts with little remorse. I could not care about what happened to them.

    Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book.

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