I Heart You, You Haunt Me - Review

Sunday, January 17, 2010

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.Taken from GoodReads.

Ok, so I Heart You, You Haunt Me follows the story of Ava and and Jackson, a young couple very much in love when a freak accident on a dare ends Jackson's life. Absolutely devastated, Ava discovers she can still see him in her dreams, in mirrors, and she can feel his touch. He's gone, but not gone. Most people think she's crazy, but Ava knows it's Jackson and he's come back to her. The only problem is that she's not sure if it's possible to stay with him this way, or if it's fair to either of them.

First off, I love this book. The cover is simple, haunting, and subtle. What you should know when you read this book is that it's a Verse Novel...

Verse Novel: A type of narrative poetry in which a full length novel is written in a poetic form, rather than ordinary prose.

This makes it a quick and simple read, but it is done so well. I haven't really read any verse novels out of school before, and Lisa Schroeder does so with exceptional skill. I think it must be very difficult to write a full and descriptive novel in this form, but she masters the skill and the story is excellent.

It's a story of love, loss, grief, and the ability to cope and move on. If you enjoy reading deep and meaningful novels, you'll really enjoy this. It's more of a love story than a ghost story, but the ghost element is great for those who enjoy the sci-fi element. That said, it's definitely not the key element of the story. I give this a strong 4.5 out 5, simply because I love real novels, and though this verse novel was really, really good, I think it would have been stunning as a normal novel, as well.


  1. Awesome review! A 4.5? It must be pretty good...and I do love that cover. I'll remember to look for this one when I'm at the library next!

  2. This sounds great! I really want to read a book by Lisa Schroeder. I definitely need to get one of her books next time.

  3. This sounds really good. I've not really read a verse novel before but I think I'm going to have to give this one a try!

  4. I'm really looking forward to this book. It sounds amazing. Thanks for the review!

  5. I've been wanting to read this one! Great review!

  6. Great review. I really like books in verse for some reason. My first one was Heaven Looks Alot Like a Mall and I loved it. I need to try this one.

  7. Whoa! This is one of the books up for grabs in my contest! Yay! I actually haven't read it yet, haha. I've got to though, it sounds so good.
    I love verse novels. The pace is much faster...and it feels, i don't know, deep. But yeah, I'm looking forward for this one! :)

  8. Lisa is so sweet and her books sound really wonderful and well written. I really need to read these. :]
    Only certain authors can write books in verse. There is Ellen Hopkins, of course. It's an acquired taste, but I just know that I will love Lisa Schroeder.

  9. great, very concise review! I have never read a verse novel...not sure I could?!

  10. I almost started this last week but decided on something else. What a great review, I didn't even know about the verse style, very intriguing.

  11. I've been wanting to read this one for a while. I completely forgot it was written in verse form, but I still want to check it out. Thanks for the great review!

  12. I have never ever read verse novels ! this sounds very good ! The name of the book is good too.It captured my attention.
    Thanks for the review :)


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