Lisa Schroeder I Heart You, You Haunt Me
226 pp. Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster) 2008 ISBN: 978-1-4169-5520-7
Summary (From the publisher):
Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl gets boy back…
Ava can’t see him or touch him, unless she’s dreaming. She can’t hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she’s crazy, but she knows he’s here.
Jackson. The boy Ava thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. He’s back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.
Before the school year ended, my student Hanna told me about Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams. She was reading it and enjoying it because she discovered after reading Impulse by Ellen Hopkins and Exposed by Kimberly Marcus, that she loves reading verse novels. Once she pointed this out to me, I decided that this summer I need to read more books written in verse. I love reading them as well, but this really motivated me to make it happen this summer. Anyway, Lisa Schroeder has a new book out titled The Day Before. I’m reading it for The Contemps Challenge, so I picked it up the day it released–along with two of her other books. I jumped into I Heart You, You Haunt Me right away.
It is a BEAUTIFUL book! The verse is flawless and reads with ease; I read this in one sitting. I simply couldn’t put it down! And the imagery–fantastic! These lines on page 83 blew me away:
The sun starts to set
and tangerine orange
cotton candy pink
and I wish
Jackson was here
to give me some
cranberry red love.
I wish I could think and write like that. Isn’t it beautiful?! Once Ava described that I had the image in my mind. This is only ONE example of how incredible Lisa Schroeder’s writing is. Breathtaking.
I really felt for Ava. I can’t imagine losing someone like she did. She’s grieving, feeling responsible and guilty, and doesn’t know what to do about it. Once Jackson starts contacting her, I had mix emotions. I was excited for her, scared for her, supportive of her. This whole situation makes her feel more isolated because who can she possibly tell that her boyfriend has become a ghost? But then she’s conflicted because she doesn’t want to be away from him, but that’s isolating her as well. Reading this book was an emotional roller coaster that was so worth the ride. I’m really impressed by how developed the characters are in such a short novel, especially a verse novel.
After reading I Heart You, You Haunt Me and Chasing Brooklyn, I am officially a HUGE Lisa Schroeder fan. As soon as I finished this book I started Chasing Brooklyn. These books will be raved about until I can’t rave anymore all summer and even more once school starts again in the fall. If you enjoy verse novels, if you enjoy love stories, if you enjoy reading, you will LOVE I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder.