Simon Pulse

August 2008

$14.95 AU

240p pb

ISBN: 978-1416955207

fp in US in January 2008

I Heart You, You Haunt Me

Lisa Schroeder

from the book...

Ava can't see him or touch him, unless she's 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.

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Lisa Schroeder’s writing style in I heart you, you haunt me is very interesting, reformulating a somewhat common story using verse. Ava’s boyfriend Jackson has died, with the book beginning at his funeral. I heart you, you haunt me follows Ava’s movements after Jackson’s death and the guilt she feels. While playing a game, she encouraged Jackson to jump from a waterfall and this resulted in his death. Jackson helps her move past this by appearing as a ghost and trying to tell her to get on with her life. Though the plot has been used before, Schroeder has an interesting adaptation because of her use of verse.

The novel is suited to twelve years and over. It looks at the effects of guilt and mourning, of clinging to the past and then moving on. I found it to be a light and easy read and thought the verse style was interesting.  Overall I think I heart you, you haunt me is fine, but probably best for those who like novels in verse.

Max, age 14, Canberra, Australia

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