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Friday, March 26, 2010

"I Heart You, You Haunt Me" Review

Book Title: I Heart You, You Haunt Me

Author: Lisa Schroeder

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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 hisvoice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she'scrazy, 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.

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When I first started reading this book, I thought I wasn’t going to like it. I’m not usually a fan of free verse, and this book began a little oddly for me. But I simply kept going, and soon I was into the story. It wasn’t the best free verse story I’ve read, but certainly good and well written.

I read this book in the course of an hour and a half. This is definitely one of those quick reads that flies by right before your eyes. I would recommend it if you have to wait at the doctor’s office, or something like that.

Character wise, I wasn’t totally convinced. I just think everything happened so quickly, and since it was written in a sort of sporadic free verse, there wasn’t much time to get into the Ava’s head. What I did like, though, is that Jackson wasn’t your typical heartthrob. He was bald (shaved, technically) and had a goatee, and while that’s not really my brand of guy, it’s nice to see a little diversity in the YA boys.

My favorite aspect about this story was the plot. I loved how the whole ‘boy haunts girl’ thing happened, and more importantly (please don’t take this the wrong way) I loved how Jackson died. It certainly was well thought out and believable. Everything that happened seemed true, almost as if it could happen to me.


Cover: 4/5

Writing: 3/5

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 2/5

Creativity bonus: 4/5

Overall: 3/5

Who I would recommend to: As I said earlier, this book is perfect for the doctor’s office waiting room, or the orthodontist. Anywhere that you need to be entertained for a good hour or so.

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