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Break My Heart 1,000 Times

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  617 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
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May 01, 2013 Giselle rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, arc, contemporary
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
Wendy Darling
Creeeeeeeeepy. And one of the most interesting ghost stories I've ever read.

Review to come.
Aug 08, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok
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
Jan 25, 2013 Brendan rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it

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
Rosie Monson
Aug 15, 2014 Rosie Monson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-influence
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
Shelley Daugherty
Jan 27, 2014 Shelley Daugherty rated it it was amazing
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.

Matt Schwartz
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schwartz rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Nocita
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
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Nov 18, 2012 Chapter by Chapter rated it really liked it
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
Nov 05, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Ever since the Event, ghosts have become a regular part of daily life. As if on an endless, mindless loop, these specters return every day, doing something that they did in life. For sixteen year old Veronica, her father appears every morning at the breakfast table, reading the same ghostly newspaper, sipping the same steaming hot cup of coffee, then looking up and smiling at some memory of his wife and daughter before disappearing. There's the ghost of M
Canadian Reader
Dec 26, 2012 Canadian Reader rated it it was ok
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
Erin Forson
Aug 30, 2012 Erin Forson rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for this wonderful reading experience!
To be released October 16, 2012

Since “The Event” years before, where millions of people were killed in an instant, ghosts have become a constant part of the world. Veronica cannot walk to school without seeing a ghost, sit through a class or have breakfast without a ghost being present—in fact so many ghosts exist, that ghosts are quite normal. People are accustomed to seeing them and have stopped trying to figure out why they appear—with
Matthew Galloway
Apr 24, 2014 Matthew Galloway rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 19, 2015 Kimmyh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book because I'm a fan of the author's previous work, both in book and film. There were parts of the story I did enjoy, but, there was constant mention of an 'Event' having happened that changed the world into a Before and After state, but, we never get exact details on what exactly that was. I thought, at first, it was in reference to 9/11, but, then it was alluded to that this Event was something bigger and the massive death toll, essentially, broke the veil between the w ...more
Alejandra Hernandez
Oct 02, 2014 Alejandra Hernandez rated it really liked it
Overall it is a really good book. At the beginning it was really confusing and boring but once you get further into the book you start liking it more and more. I really loved the end of this book it didnt leave you hanging at all it closed up the end pretty way. I liked how they answered any questions you would have.
Feb 09, 2013 Louisa rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Angee Lewandowski
Mar 19, 2016 Angee Lewandowski rated it really liked it
Excellent ghost story set in the aftermath of a vague "Event" (possibly a nuclear bomb) that killed millions of peoples at once. This novel is not dystopian (I'm growing rather tired of that genre), but more about how life carries on after a catastrophic happening. "The Event" not only causes the loss of life but also the appearance of ghosts … ghosts who perform the same tasks day after day. The author takes this intriguing idea and creates a world of memorable characters with unusual motivatio ...more
Zahra Jeraj
Mar 29, 2015 Zahra Jeraj rated it it was amazing
Yes im finally finished this incredible book! I am so glad that I am done reading it but since its not in a series, it made me realize that, in a way books that aren't in a series are better. I came up with this theory because the ending of a tragic or happy situation will be at the end of the book. In a series, you have to read all those books and SOMETIMES things get dragged on, other times its just totally amazing. This book is a little confusing because it switches from the perspectives of c ...more
Brittney Porterfield
Feb 03, 2015 Brittney Porterfield rated it it was ok
Veronica lives in a world that in shadow of a cataclysmic event that killed 2 million people. In the days that follow, ghost can be seen at every turn, like broken records replaying over and over. However, something much more nefarious is on the horizon for Veronica, someone wants her dead.

I want to begin by stating that I think that Daniel Waters has such a fascinating imagination. If you haven't read his Generation Dead series, I would definitely recommend it.

Break My Heart 1,000 times was sim
Brittney Porterfield
Veronica lives in a world that in shadow of a cataclysmic event that killed 2 million people. In the days that follow, ghost can be seen at every turn, like broken records replaying over and over. However, something much more nefarious is on the horizon for Veronica, someone wants her dead.

I want to begin by stating that I think that Daniel Waters has such a fascinating imagination. If you haven't read his Generation Dead series, I would definitely recommend it.

Break My Heart 1,000 times was s
Oct 07, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2014
I'm unsure about this book. I thought it was badly edited - the lack of contractions was distracting as was the weird switches between types of cars etc. There were pieces that felt repetitive and pieces that felt contradictory, often within pages of each other. I also thought the worldbuilding was terrible. All the description of The Event without telling us about Th Event - instead telling us that no one talks about The Event - felt like cheating. And the setting was weird because I was so con ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, mystery
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
Dec 03, 2012 Sherry Thompson rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 02, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: dft
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
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