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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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
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Giselle
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 ...more
Wendy Darling
Creeeeeeeeepy. And one of the most interesting ghost stories I've ever read.

Review to come.
Katy
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
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Brendan
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
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Isamlq
Oct 22, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it
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
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TheBookSmugglers
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
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Chapter by Chapter
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
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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
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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. ...more
Canadian Reader
Dec 27, 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 ...more
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.

When
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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
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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
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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.
Louisa
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!
Jean
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
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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
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Jenia
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Jamie (The Title Page)
DISCLAIMER: I received Break My Heart 1,000 Times as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This review can also be found at The Title Page

Break My Heart 1,000 Times was one of the best books I've read all year. Keep in mind that I am on book 80 of 2012.

The main character, Veronica isn't your typical Sci-fi protagonist teenager. She's pretty (and knows it), flirty (and proud of it), and extremely moody.

In short: she's not perfect.

Her love interest, Kirk is nerdy and c
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Michelle
Aug 02, 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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Joana Hill
Feb 02, 2013 Joana Hill rated it really liked it
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
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Jenn
Nov 03, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it
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
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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
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Stephanie
Aug 13, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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
Bethany Miller
Aug 21, 2013 Bethany Miller rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Summary:
Ever since the Event, an unexplained incident that killed millions of people, ghosts walk the earth alongside human beings. For the most part, Veronica isn’t bothered by this. Each morning she sees the ghost of her father at the breakfast table and on the walk to school each day she sees the ghost of a girl her age running up the steps of the house belonging to her teacher Mr. Bittner. One morning she is startled to see the ghost of a boy her age as she steps out of the shower.
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Kelly Sierra
Break My Heart 1,000 Times is a creepy tale of ghosts and the difficult process of grieving. Unlike other books, this novel is neither a ghost story nor is it just a story of loss. Let’s look at what this book is centered on. Apparently there was an “Event” that occurred on Earth. After said “Event” many died tragically; however, those people would never be forgotten. Images of those that were killed during the “Event” are now stuck on replay. Here is an example, MC Veronica sees her father ever ...more
Sarah
Dec 27, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
The Good

The ghosts. I loved the descriptions of the ghosts--particularly Brian. Many were poignant, like the little girl in the library named Molly, but there were also memorably tragic ghosts such as the woman who throws herself off a building and stands up from the sidewalk smiling.
The distinct but interlocking plot lines. I really liked the multiple plot lines and points of view. With some books this type of writing style would be very disorienting, but Waters wove the different aspects o
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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
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Jessica
Sep 11, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2012
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
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