Monday, April 19, 2010

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Grade: A+

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.

Character Development: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 8/10
Total Score: 61/70

Obtained: Barnes and Noble

Age Appropriate: PG-13
Cussing: Some, but not a lot
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Mentioned, but not used by main characters
Sexual Content: None
Disturbing Images/ Violence: ghosts and nightmares are as bad as it gets

Hauntingly beautiful, Chasing Brooklyn is a stunning read.

Lisa Schroeder "loves to write in verse because it allows her to really get at the emotional core of the story" (back jacketflap). And she did... wow, she did. The emotion was so high strung that it left me holding my breath. It was so well developed, I could almost touch it.

This novel is told from the alternating perspectives of Nico and Brooklyn, and their characters differed in just the right way. The book is solely about them... about them and their struggle with grief... about them and their journey to learn to love and live again. The supporting characters, in contrast to Nico and Brooklyn, were not very well deveoloped, but for this particular story, it worked.

Schroeder's poetic writing is absolutely beautiful. It's soft, passionate, and inspiring all at once. It's running miles, not to get to the end, but to enjoy the in between. It's a piece of artwork. And you, my friend, should read it.

Lisa Schroeder
Lisa's Blog


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