Sunday, July 12, 2009

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

Title: I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Pages: 240
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 8, 2008

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.

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.

OH MY GOD. This is ONE of THE BEST BOOKS I've read. It's a verse novel. It's a compilation of poems that tell Ava's story throughout the entire book. It's in her point of view. And it's amazing. I wish I could do this book the justice it deserves with this review, but, I can't. I'll just do my best.

I'm going to break it down for you:

The Writing. Shroeder's writing was very lyrical and poetic. It was surprisingly mature. She was able to manipulate the words to make them suit how Ava was feeling in each chapter/poem. It never got boring, in fact, I kept reading until midnight. I was able to relate to Ava's feelings and her grief. Throughout the entire book, I felt like I was Ava. I was the girl who was going through so much pain and so much guilt.

The Emotions. I Heart You, You Haunt Me is a book for mature readers who want to read about the purest and probably the most common kind of grief. After I read the book, I couldn't breathe properly-LITERALLY. I felt so many poignant emotions; anguish, angst, pain, just to name a few. My heart felt heavy. I felt the pain that Ava felt. My sisters thought I was crazy. But that's just how Schroeder was able to bring out all these emotions and reactions from me, through her words.

The Ending. The ending was bitter-sweet. It was painful for me to read. The lessons that were learned and the conflicts that were eventually solved, were flawlessly summed up in the ending.

The Bottom Line: This book is NOT light reading. In fact, this could easily make readers cry. Shroeder's writing is innocent and-in words-perfect. I would definitely recommend this to teens who want to read about letting go and the simplest and most innocent type of love. It really is heart-breaking. A+ :-)


Unknown July 30, 2009 at 11:39 PM  

And they say YA is so sweet and chick flick reads; your review broves them wrong.
Amazing review.

Lisa Schroeder August 1, 2009 at 7:42 AM  

Ahh, thanks so much - what a wonderful, WONDERFUL review!!


Raíla December 28, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

I'm SO looking forward to read this book. Since I've seen this cover and read the summary I'm totally crazy for this book. It's a bad thing that I live in Brazil. We don't have it in the bookstores, so we have to order from Amazon and it takes long to arrive. This book sounds amazing just like your review.


Dreamer January 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM  

I've bought this book at Book Depository, I'm waiting for it. Looks awesome (L)

Darina February 7, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

Aahhh I would DIE to read it! But unfortunately it isn't out in my country ;[[

Lisa Richards/alterlisa March 29, 2010 at 1:31 AM  

I just got this book in the mail and was disappointed to realize that it was a verse novel. How did I miss this when reading the earlier reviews? However, you and several others have raved about it so I'll give it a shot.

Maria April 2, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

When I bought this book, I had no idea it was written in verse. I'm still a little hesitant to read it, but I might have to make some time for it now :)

Jess13angel April 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

This book is amazing!! I cried like a little baby while reading it XD The ending,like you said was heart-breaking.This is definately one of my favorite books and I would highly recommend it to everybody.
Great Review! =D

Unknown April 27, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

Awesome review! I have been wanting to read this book so badly! I definitely need to because you made it sound so great :)

lexi June 18, 2010 at 12:45 AM  

I cried waaaay more than just 1 time. I cried so much I got all of Lisa Schroader's other books (even her childrens book XD) and emailed her and told her how amazing she is. I really hope she keeps writting, cause I love her.
p.s. Thank you for reviewing so many awesome books :)

Miss Bookiverse July 14, 2010 at 9:19 PM  

Wow, you really LOVED this book. Don't get me wrong, I think it was great too but I just wasn't THAT impressed. The writing is great, I agree with that and the topic is a very emotional one but all in all maybe it was just too short for such a heavy subject... I think Ava changed her mind about Jackson too quickly as well.

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