3.5 stars I’m usually a complete sucker with these type of stories; a boy with a reputation meets a sweet innocent straight A student girl. Girl and boy both fall for each other. Boy does something stupid and then pushes girl away telling her they can’t be together anymore, boy says cruel things to girl to try and convince her that he never loved her, girl doesn’t believe it to be true, says will never give up on their love and that they were meant to be together. Stay with Me follows a similar format; it’s told in alternative pov’s of 15 year old Cece (pronounced Chee Chee) and Mack over the course of 102 days. Mack is sent to work at the same restaurant as Cece. They are constantly forced to spend time together by Cece’s brother Anthony, who will be leaving his family soon to join the army, so believing that Mack is a decent guy; he wants him to look after his sister whilst he is away. But Mack can get fired up pretty quickly and finds it difficult to keep his temper in check, as him and Cece get closer together he soon realises that Cece is the only one who can help him keep his cool. Mack and Cece can’t help but fall for each other, their love between them is something none of them have ever experienced before. That is until one unfortunate night when Mack does something stupid he ends up killing a man, who had poisoned his dog and is taken to jail, being a hero Mack decided to plead guilty as he believes he did a bad thing and so deserves to do the time, in turn breaking Cece’s heart.It was heart wrenching at times watching both Cece and Mack struggling to cope without each other especially for Cece who had the extra burden of dealing with her alcoholic mother and not having Anthony around. I found Mack more and more frustrating as the story progressed him playing the “hero” card and refusing to see Cece each time she came to visit him and basically believing he was good for nothing. He reminded me in so many ways of the Fuentes brothers, from Simone Elkeles’ books, but sadly didn’t grow on me as strongly as they did. I had high hopes for Stay with me since I first heard about its release and was super excited when I was able to get my hands on a copy. Unfortunately I found my mind wandering at times, sometimes unable to focus on the writing, I think it was just a little immature and clichéd for me at times. However there were some good points to the story, some scenes tugged at my heartstrings, made me laugh uncontrollably and there were also some unexpected surprises along the way, and so for these reasons I will give Stay with me only 3.5 stars. Thank you Lesley for lending me your copy!