January 5, 2010

Chasing Brooklyn - Lisa Schroeder

Young Adult
Pages: 432
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 5, 2010

Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

I loved Chasing Brooklyn so, so much it's now one of my favorite books. I'm a big fan of verse writing, and this book is now one of the reasons why. I tend to rate books because of how much emotion they are able to convey. How much of what happens, feels like it's happening to me. Having read it one one sitting, this was an emotional roller coaster.

It is a beautiful story about grief, dealing, hope, healing, dreams, and obviously... love. The healing power of love. The characters, the plot, the writing, everything was just amazing. And I adored the alternating points of view. Has to be said: I love Nico (and he loves me back, FYI).

Nothing more to say; I think I made it quite clear that readers who enjoy love stories, and those who like to read about dealing with grief issues will definitely enjoy this book. I'll stop raving about it now!


  1. I can't wait to read this. It sounds like a very powerful book!

  2. I can not wait until this book gets here - I recently read another of Lisa's stories and it was awesome so this one, I hope holds the same place in my heart as that one did! :)

    Loved your review!

  3. I don't really read verse books, but it sounds really good. Great review.

  4. This sounds so good. You know a book is good when it makes you feel so much emotion. Great review!

  5. Great review! I turned on my Kindle on my lunch break today and there was Chasing Brooklyn! Such a nice surprise! I've never read any of Lisa's book so I'm really excited about it. I plan on starting this one tomorrow!

  6. Ahh, I have to read this one. I like the sound of it! And I always do love reading about heavy emotions.

  7. I certainly prefer prose. I do quite like prose which is interpersed with verse though. Hmmm...not sure this is for me.

  8. Pretty sure our store here just got a few copies of this one in....must go see. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Really informative review. Sounds like a great emotional book, I've been dying to read this one!


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