Monday, February 4, 2008

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

Jackson and Ava are head over heels in love. They promise one another that they will never leave each other's side. Everything changes when Jackson dies at a beginning of summer vacation party. Ava is distraught. After the funeral she slips into a deep depression, especially because she thinks it was all her fault that Jackson died. Only a couple days after Jackson is buried Ava thinks that she sees his reflection in the mirror. Of course she thinks she is going crazy, but there is a part of her that really wants Jackson to be there. Ava can't believe it when other weird things start happening and then she hears Jackson speaking to her. After this Ava doesn't want to leave the house for a second, afraid she will miss a visit from Jackson. Ava wonders why Jackson could be visiting her and when she does some research she reads that when most spirits continue to haunt the living they are doing so because there is something holding them back from crossing over. Ava wonders if this is why Jackson is haunting her. She discovers the answer after many attempted conversations with Jackson and through the help of her best friends. Over time Ava learns to move on and that you need to embrace the life someone lived and not wallow in the loss of a loved one.

This book blew my breath away. It was that good! After reading this I admit I shed a few tears, and books don't often make me cry! Written in a lyrical fashion this book was so unique and had a rhythm to it. I've never read anything like I Heart You, You Haunt Me and to be honest I was a little skeptical at first. Like I said though, the book was just phenomenal. Ava was an incredibly deep character and there was nothing flat about her. I could feel her pain and her lust to have Jackson return. I just felt like I wanted to jump into the book and comfort Ava. Lisa Schroeder created an incredible, stunning, amazing first novel and I cannot wait to read what she has coming our way next.

Here's a video that was on the class of 2k8's website. It's one of those book trailers. Enjoy!!


the story siren said...

great review! i was planning on reading this for my 2k8 challenge but i wasn't really thrilled about it, but now i'm actually excited to read it! thanks!

Anonymous said...

I've been dying to read this book. ^^ You made me want to read it mooooore! -grin-

the story siren said...

you've been tagged, come over to my blog and copy the q's then post them with your answers on your blog

Chelsea said...

Hey! Loved this book. Thanks for the comment on my blog, and in reply, here are the places I'd LOVE to travel to:

EVERYWHERE in Europe, especially London and France. Alaska -- I really, really, really want to go there. I love winter! And I want to stay in the ice hotel. I'd also like to go to Hawaii because it's supposed to be beautiful there. China, Africa, Australia, Spain, Germany...I could go on and on. I've never actually been outside of the US though!

I'm actually really terrified of flying, so that's no good either. But I'll suck that up if I ever have the opportunity to go to any of the above!

M.P. Barker said...

I loved the book, too. Didn't know how I'd take to a novel in verse, but it worked really well. It kept me up all night reading and crying, and stayed in my head long after I finished it.

Em said...

I'll be reading this for the 2k8 challenge too. In fact, I'll probably go buy it this week. Great review!


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