Break My Heart 1,000 Times
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Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren't disappearing-they're gaining power.

When Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate why, they stumble upon a more sinister plot than they ever could have imagined. One of Veronica's high school t...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
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Giselle
When you open a book, usually within 40-50 pages in you start getting a good perception of the plot and what direction it will lead you; this was the downfall of Break My Heart, 1000 Times. It began on a very high note, the premise is incredibly unique and interesting. I love ghost stories and this one was particularly different, cool even. I was expecting the plot to bring us into the story of this post-Event world, to explain how the ghosts are there, and become a little like a post apocalypti...more
Cas
Post Reading
Well, it was okay. It was enjoyable, but not truly memorable.
Every major event & plot twist was foreseeable. [At least, for me.]
It was a classic ghost-murder story. It's a nice read to pass the time.





Pre Reading
Cover:


I can't wait to read it!
Wendy Darling
Creeeeeeeeepy. And one of the most interesting ghost stories I've ever read.

Review to come.
Katy
I've been excited about this book for a long time. I liked Water's Generation Dead series - although that was more of the cheesy read with undead students trying to fit in high school, whereas this book was a lot more serious and sinister. Ghost hauntings everywhere. A psychopath serial killer. An investigation into the paranormal activity of this town. What more could you possibly want in a horror story?

But I really struggled with this one, and I think when it came down to it, the story is beyo...more
Kelli Lee
2.5 stars
A ghost in the midst of haunting the occupants of a house narrates the opening pages of this novel, setting quite the eerie tone. Needless to say, this reader was hooked. Ghosts, I'm all about them, all day every day. Unfortunately said ghost's perspective was scarce. And by chapter three or somewhere around there, readers are told who the Big Bad is and who the object of his obsession is as well, aka next victim. That aspect completely murdered the suspense I relish from murder mysteri...more
Isamlq
3.5/5

It's the creepy and atmospheric thing of the first half that was the strongest part in all this. Then of course, there’s how it’s different in how ghosts are the norm and somehow the byproduct of an (largely unexplained) Event years passed. Later on, it turns into this 'catch me if you can' but more like 'catch me in the act' because absolutely everyone knows who is up to no good! But a little odd was how things felt paused as if a majority of those in the know were waiting for something to...more
Brendan
This book completely knocked me out. A really interesting twist on the ghost story that is dark, compelling, ultimately hopeful, and at times painfully honest about grief. I kept putting it down because I wanted to savor it and then picking it up again because I had to know what happened. Oh yeah--it's also beautifully written and full of three-dimensional, believable characters.

I hope that readers who like horror novels but don't usually read YA will find this because it is an exceptional horro...more
Heywot
Apr 28, 2012 Heywot marked it as to-read
Shelves: paranormal, ghosts
The cover reminds me of the Doctor Who episode The Impossible Astronaut, so I'm pretty sure I won't be able to buy it without freaking about the Silence whenever I see it.

Matt Schwartz
I'm not sure there's too many authors out there whose works I eagerly anticipate as much as Daniel Waters (not just for YA fiction -- fiction, period). His Generation Dead series remains one of the truly ballsiest and addictive series of the last decade.

His new stand-alone novel, Break my Heart 1,000 Times (great title, by the way) doesn't disappoint. As with Generation Dead, Waters plays with the idea of what's essentially a present-day world that has undergone a dramatic shift -- in this case...more
Lisa
Veronica sees dead people. Her father at the breakfast table, a strange but cute teenage boy in her bathroom, and more as she makes her way to school each day. They don't seem to phase her. An unexplained cataclysmic event some years earlier claimed the lives of at least 2 million people and ever since, harmless ghostly specters are a part of the daily landscape. The how and why are never explained, so if you want to finish this book you'll have to seriously suspend your disbelief to go along. T...more
Chapter by Chapter
How would I classify Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters? A morbidly dark Dystopian type read. After what is called as the “Event”, ghosts are popping up everywhere. Ghosts of loved one, ghosts of people from the past…even ghosts of those who have been murdered. The event annihilated millions of people, leaving in its wake, those who now have to live day to day with daily ghostly encounters.

The way in which Break My Heart 1,000 Times opens up, you think that you are watching the everyday...more
Rayne
3.5 stars

I was not a fan of the first book in the Generation Dead series. Actually, I kind of hated it. It's not that Waters can't write or that he doesn't have interesting ideas, it's just that he slows every part of the plot to a crawl, and then he focuses on unimportant matters and then he gives his characters a lot of potential for development that never goes anywhere. The same could be said for this novel, except that I was about a thousand times more entertained with this one than with Gen...more
Canadian Reader
Break My Heart 1,000 Times is an unconventional young adult ghost story--part thriller, part mystery, with hints of dystopian fiction--and essentially no chills. Some years after a very poorly-defined cataclysmic "Event" has left ghostly images of millions of the dead visible to the general public, Veronica,an attractive young high-school student is targeted by a creepy teacher, who has suffered his own family losses. A second teacher, another victim of the "Event", is writing a book on the ghos...more
Rosie Monson
This book is fantastic.

(A) it is not sappy

(B) it is realistic in the sense that all the characters are complicated and layered.

(C) the plot is unique and gripping

(D) it's a thrilling read that leaves you on edge at times, and at other times makes you feel like you've grasped something great

(E) it is strangely, refreshingly and wonderfully philosophical. I absolutely loved this part about the book. It was what threw it all the way to five stars.

(F) as far as I can tell it is not a series

(G) Da...more
Matthew Galloway
This book was hovering at five stars for me most of the way through, but the very end brought it down for me. It's funny, I think for me, the story would have been better as an exploration of the world after the Event and the ghosts and how people related to them without the teacher plot. If the teacher plot had remained, it would have been fine with me if it remained a background mystery that was resolved at the end, rather than being at the forefront of the plot. Also, I had a really hard time...more
Jean
To live with grief is to live in a haunted world.

This is illustrated in the literal in Waters' book, his follow up to the inventive and allegorical Generation Dead series. And what he does right in those books, he does right here, as if he perfected the themes that were present there, while introducing more interesting characters with a wider point of view. It has quite a bit in common, actually, with Passing Strange, if only because the growth he shows as an author has proven that he can write...more
Louisa
Great book, really creepy, wish we knew when exactly it was set, because it mentions the "Me" generation, which I'm pretty sure is mine, and that this book takes place with the "You" generation who watch to see people mess up. So maybe 2020 or so, maybe? It'd be nice to be sure, though!
Claudia Burgoa
I tried, I really tried. I just couldn't continue reading it. I wasn't expecting anything specific, a ghost book totally... But after reading a few chapters I got bored. I love paranormal stories, but the only thing I can say is next book please!
Charlie
Maybe a 2.5 star review? This book just never became what I wanted if to be. It wasn't really a mystery, seeing as how we knew who the killer would be right away... And I found it really weird and annoying that the main characters knew who he was as well, and didn't really do much about it. An odd book, and unfortunately one I found I had to force myself to finish.

Others may enjoy this book, but unfortunely it just wasn't for me. And what the hell was the Event? I was almost more interested in...more
Shelley Daugherty
Once again, Daniel Waters did not disappoint with this book! After reading his Generation Dead series, I was worried that might be a one time deal. Such was not the case. I will admit, Waters is a writer who really digs deep into paranormal and social issues, even if they are layered within a good zombie or ghost story. But that is the beauty of his books. You feel as though you are just enjoying a relaxing book, and you are actually tackling some much bigger issues without even knowing it.

When...more
Angie
So take a look at this cover and judge what the book will be about, like I did. I set this book aside because my judgement was: "Oh the girl on this cover looks pissed, and judging by the title, she must have gone through a tough breakup and is out for revenge." It looks like that, right? WRONG! I could never be more wrong! This book is amazing and creepy! No, this girl, Veronica, is haunted by ghosts, like everyone else in the world, because after the Event, images of people that had departed t...more
Sherry Thompson
The Event, which caused sickness, environmental damage, and chaos, took the lives of between one and four million people, according to government estimates. It has left heartache, ghosts, and ghostly holograms behind. There is a boy teenage ghost living in Veronica Calder’s house, and her father’s ghost makes an appearance every morning at the same time. More and more ghosts are showing up, and their presence is getting stronger by the day!


Veronica, “Ronnie”, and her friend, Kirk Lane, begin in...more
Courtney
Veronica has been seeing ghosts ever since the Event. She's not alone. In fact, since the Event, everyone can see the ghosts. They show up at the same places at the same times; trapped in some sort of metaphysical loop. It doesn't really frighten anyone, even if it does cause unease. It's been happening for a few years now, so no one's too surprised when a ghost suddenly appears in their path. The thing is, there are now more and more ghosts appearing. Veronica even has one that appears in her b...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A suspenseful thriller filled with wonderful writing, only to leave you wide awake at night and unable to sleep.

Opening Sentence: I walk through walls.

The Review:

The infamous Daniel Waters has written another paranormal masterpiece. Break My Heart 1,000 Times is filled with thrills, chills, and a large paranormal presence, that it will leave readers transfixed. Seeing the dead is a part of life, and since the “Event,” the aftermath has conti...more
Michelle
Review posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

The infamous Daniel Waters has written another paranormal masterpiece. Break My Heart 1,000 Times is filled with thrills, chills, and a large paranormal presence, that it will leave readers transfixed. Seeing the dead is a part of life, and since the “Event,” the aftermath has continued. Ghosts were not an abnormal part of life anymore, it was now a part of the norm. Even in Veronica’s household, her father’s ghost is a constant reminder of how life was now. Si...more
Katie
Oct 18, 2012 Katie added it
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It seems Daniel Waters has a knack for throwing teenage protagonists into terrifying situations because just like the Generation Dead series, I quite enjoyed Break My Heart 1,000 Times.

There are some good things and some iffy things for me when it comes to this book. One of my favorite things was that the story was coming at me from all different perspectives, one of them belonging to the book's resident crazy killer. It totally jacked up the creep factor to read from his point of view because,...more
Jessica
Break My Heart 1,000 Times is not my typical reading, therefore I am not sure of the substance of my opinion. In fact, this is exactly the type of book I avoid, being a touch to close to the dark side of the real world.
Mr Waters writing is strong, drawing the reader into a shadowed world where an unexplained Event has left millions on the east coast dead and brought about a phenomenon of ghosts or images. These images play out like holograms all over town with no explination as to why it is "t...more
Stephanie
Daniel Waters is an author that the Militant Recommender really enjoys. He was one of the first YA writers to use zombies in a completely original and believable way in the fictional reality of the world he created around teens living and "living impaired" in the Generation Dead series. He is also great at writing girl characters who come across as real whether they are zombies or goth girls or a girl like Veronica, or Ronnie as she's called, the protagonist in his new book, coming this October,...more
Jenn
Nov 03, 2012 Jenn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, ghosts
As you may have noticed, I rarely read YA but I couldn't resist the premise of BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES when I heard about it. It's a supernatural thriller where the scary parts are actually not the ghosts -- how could I *not* try it?

I am completely unfamiliar with Daniel Waters' other work, the Generation Dead series, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a very interesting and thoughtful story about loss and death and all of the different ways people respond to big and small change...more
Joana Hill
Read more reviews at my blog, Words and Tea Bottles.

Now this was a book I could definitely get into. The concept itself is rather interesting, and provides a breath of fresh air from all the Twilight clones and cookie-cutter paranormal stuff that’s still going around even after the movie franchise is over.

But that’s a rant for another time, I suppose.

There’s a lot to like about this, not just the plot. For the most part, the writing is great. There are a few times where it’s awkward, and the aut...more
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