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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (226 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl gets boy back...
...sort of.

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.

A love that never dies...that’s forever.

First I have to admit this book is written in a poetry-slash-train of thought fashion. Its first person which pulled me out of the story initially, but once I got into the swing of the story, I really enjoyed it. I saw the course of events through Ava’s eyes as if I went through it along with her. Feeling her grief and strife makes this a tough, but satisfying read.

But all isn’t over because he’s dead. Jackson comes back to speak to her. I like the means by which she and he deal. He may not be a living being any longer, but you feel for him as well. I liked this book and I think teens will as well because I got to relieve that awkward part of growing up where things are supposed to be one way-status quo, but because life’s like that, it isn’t. It showed me another way to deal with loss, be it a boyfriend, a friend, a pet, whatever.

Ava’s a strong girl. She wants to remember Jackson, but she’s not willing to devote her life to him. I liked the happily ever after because it’s what we all have to deal with. Loss is inevitable. Sometimes, coming to terms is just what we need.

If you want a book that will make your heart ache, make you laugh, and make you think, then you need to read I Heart You, You Haunt Me. I give this book 4 suns.

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