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Monday, August 2, 2010
I Heart You, You Haunt Me-Lisa Schroeder @ 8:32 AM

Synopsis:

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

Ava can't see 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.

Review:

Description in one word: SAD

Let me tell you, when I picked up I Heart You, You Haunt Me, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Written in verse, Schroeder tells the story of Ava Bender, a girl who has lost her boyfriend, Jackson, to a terrible accident. Ava is having so much trouble dealing with her loss, but when she is home alone, Jackson comes out and comforts her. Most of the book is actually really depressing; it had me close to tears at times. Which I expected, but not this extreme.

Seeing as I've never lost anyone really close to me, I couldn't really relate to Ava. She took Jackson's death so hard, it basically changed everything about her. Character development plays a large part in this book; Ava's process of dealing with her loss changes her dramatically. She has three best friends, Cali and Jessa and Zoe, who try to help her, but she pushes them away in the beginning. Her parents grow very worried about her, and tell her friends to keep trying to comfort her.

The plot was pretty unique. I mean, I've never read anything like it before. It was a quick read, but it was really deep. I recommend this book to anybody who has lost someone dear to them. I don't recommend this book to anybody who is an easy crier, or doesn't really like sad novels.

This review was particularly hard to write, only because if I say one thing, it could give a lot away about the book, and there's so many feelings going through my mind, I can't get the right words down. This book left me absolutely speechless, but not in a good or bad way. If that makes sense.

Rating: 7.5-Really good; Recommended to mostly everyone.