Ms. Schroeder's website: Chasing Brooklyn, Simon Pulse, 2010 an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee; a 2011 Texas Tayshas selectionHere's a super brief bit about this book from
A romantic companion novel to I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME about a girl and a boy and the ghosts who haunt them. Another story of love, loss, healing and hope for the fans of Lisa's first novel.
Okay, I haven't yet read I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. But we know by now that I love a great verse novel. Lisa Schroeder is one of the best at writing novels in verse.
Brooklyn's boyfriend Luca has died and she's doing her best to cope. When another of their friends dies he hurls her back into the depths of despair. She's wondering how of if she will ever manage to claw her way completely out of it.
Nico is Luca's brother and he's coping with the loss of Nico in his own ways. Gabe's death makes him angry and is another hurtle for him to clear. Luca begins, through ghostly visits, making it clear that Nico needs to reach out to Brooklyn so that they both can heal.
They both had to come to realize that it's okay to go on living your life. They also struggled with their feelings and trying to determine if establishing a relationship with one another was a betrayal to Luca. Will they remain friends or will that ultimately be too much for them?
This book was the best verse novel I've read yet. The story was deeply emotional and the verse was lovely. Nico was such a great guy and Brooklyn was as lovely as the flowers she draws. This book was poignant and spoke to the healing powers of love. I'm giving this one 5 kisses!