Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

Ava can't believe Jackson is gone. The love of her life died and she can't help but think it's all her fault.

But Jackson isn't really gone--at least not yet. He's still around, letting her know he still cares for her. All she wants to do is stay home and feel his presence.

Life has a way of moving on and after a summer vacation away from her house, Ava realizes she can't hold on to him. Her guilt increases as Jackson struggles to communicate with her.

Can she move on and let him go? That is her hardest choice.

This story is a novel in verse and very well done. Schroeder gives hints about what happened to Jackson as the book begins at his funeral. Ava's feelings of guilt are apparent on every page and each flashback reminds her what they had and how she lost it. Lots of emotion and grief--probably more than if the book was written in prose.

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