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Friday, 22 January 2010

Review: Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder


Synopsis from Amazon

Ava Can't see or touch him, unless she is 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.

A quick read. Set out in verse which actually really suits this story. It is wonderfully descriptive within a small amounts of words, the words literally dance across the page.  I actually cried from the start of this story; the images and emotions evoked by the funeral scene brought back memories of losing my mum a few years ago. Beautifully written so I experienced complete empathy with the feelings of loss, grief and guilt. The references to emotions as colours was inspiring and easy to relate to. It reminded me of Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley in parts. A great book for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.              


  1. I don't know. This book was finished very quickly, but I didn't LOVE it. Maybe because I hated the idea of a girl being THAT into a guy that she thought she'd never move on. Maybe I'm just too old to relate to teenagers on this level because I have the same issues with lot of the YA books I read these days!

  2. I didn't relate it to the guy in the story but I did relate it to the loss of my mum. An issue I don't think you actually get over, you just learn to live with it. I could certainly relate to all the emotions Ava went through following the funeral. At times there is nothing more I want than to have my mum around, no matter what form but then I realise that unfortunately that is just how life is supposed to be.


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