Monday, August 30, 2010

Review: Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder 
Release Date: January 5, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA

The Story: 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.

My Review: Chasing Brooklyn is an extremely emotional book written in free verse that pulled me in from the first page. It explores what it means to lose someone you love from two different perspectives. Brooklyn was Lucca's girlfriend when he died and Nico his brother. Brooklyn's pain is evident right away as she writes letters to Lucca everyday. She hasn't been able to fully grieve Lucca's death and it feels like maybe she's just not ready to move on. When her friend Gabe dies, Brooklyn begins having nightmares with Gabe chasing her.

Gabe's death also begins to affect Lucca's brother, Nico. Only, Nico isn't seeing Gabe, he's receiving messages from Lucca to help Brooklyn. The only problem is Nico hasn't really grieved himself and hasn't spoken to Brooklyn since Lucca died. Despite not knowing how he was going to do it, he decides to listen to Lucca and sets out to help Brooklyn as  best he can. 

Chasing Brooklyn is poignant and well written. I loved reading a book in this writing style and found it very easy to read. The characters stories stayed with me even after I'd finished reading and I have since been back to it to read excerpts from some of my favorite parts. The emotions Brooklyn and Nico display are realistic and haunting. Having never read anything by the author before, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this book. It's definitely going on the top shelf with my other favorites. 

My Rating:

1 comment:

  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this. I've heard such lovely things about it.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover



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