Friday, February 10, 2012

Review: Chasing Brooklyn (10/10)

Title: Chasing Booklyn
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon Pulse (2010)

Dear Lucca,
I’ve read six comics. I still can’t go back to sleep.
I had a horrible dream. I don’t even want to talk
about it.
Daddy told me after Mom moved out, I could
wake him up if I ever needed anything. But then
I’d have to tell him about the dream. He’d worry
about me. Probably think this thing with Gabe is
getting to me. And then who knows what he’d do.
Anyway, what could he do for me, besides give me
a hug and tell me to go back to sleep? He can’t do
anything for me. Not really.
So I guess I’ll read about Tom Strong some more.
 recently read a review online about him where
someone said, “Tom Strong stands for goodness,
purity of heart, tolerance, and family.” No wonder
I like him so much.
Love always,
Brooklyn (Extract from Chasing Brooklyn - Lisa Schroeder 2010)

Chasing Brooklyn is the companion novel to Lisa Schroeder's I Heart You, You Haunt Me.

Brooklyn, even a year after the death of her boyfriend, Lucca, is still mourning his loss. Not even days after the anniversary of his death, a mutual friend of theirs, Gabe, passes away, sending Brooklyn spiralling into depression and sadness. This is compounded by Gabe appearing in terrifying dreams.

Nico, Lucca's brother, starts recieving clear messages in various forms that he should help Brooklyn.

As their shaky friendship forms, both Nico and Brooklyn find themselves dealing with their grief and new feelings for each other.

I adored this book. I was a bit skeptical about it, as it is written in verse and I hadn't attempted a novel in this style before. It suited the raw emotions and story perfectly. In fact, I cannot fault this book at all.

I found Chasing Brooklyn to be a refreshing, quick read. While it has paranormal elements, the characters and their emotions are so real.

Basically, go and read it. Now. That is all.

1 comment:

  1. I purchased I Heart You, You Haunt me not too long ago, and must admit that I'm a little nervous about reading it as I've never read a verse novel before. Glad to hear you enjoyed Chasing Brooklyn though - and I have heard that Lisa Schroeder is pretty fantastic at writing in verse - so will definitely make a point of reading both this book as well as I heart you, you haunt me. Great review Monique.