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Chasing Brooklyn

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  6,098 ratings  ·  816 reviews
Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published December 14th 2009)
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Jan 06, 2010 Courtney added it
Shelves: 2010, ya-fiction
I've seen a lot of criticism leveled at novels in verse; the format doesn't allow the characters and situations to be fleshed out, they're too 'thin'--they'll leave you unsatisfied, wanting more. That any story told in verse is too limited by the format, blah blah. That kinda talk always makes my eyes roll up in my head and I'm just like, "Dude, are you sure it's the format? Maybe it's the AUTHOR. Maybe the AUTHOR just ISN'T VERY GOOD. MAYBE THE AUTHOR'S STORY IS THIN AND UNSATISFYING AND NOT FL ...more

"Motion is always preferable
to stagnation.
When you move,things happen."

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
I would say that this book wanted to make me want to sign up for a triathalon.
But that would be a horrible lie.
It did make me want to go back to the beginning and read it again though.

High Points.

It seemed Ms Schroeder had a checklist of everything I dislike in books and she wrote this book just to spite me and show how wrong I am and to make me look silly.

People who shouldn’t be in love, falling
The “well-intentioned ghost” storyline has never really worked for me. In fact, they tend to make my face resemble this :-| (or the physical equivalent thereof as I am not, after all, an emoticon) , which I call the “No face”. As in, “No, leave that business to Patrick Swayze and the 1990s where it belongs.”

However, when the lovely Jo throws down a book recommendation, I have no power to resist. She is that good. I had not too long ago been lamenting the fact that I had yet to discover a novel-i
Jul 22, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Anna
4.5 Stars

This story is a haunting tale (literally) about dealing with, and moving on after tragic loss, and finding love when you least expect it.

Brooklyn lost her boyfriend Lucca in a tragic accident one year ago, and now his best friend, Gabe, has died of an overdose. Brooklyn was very much in love with Lucca, and hasn't been dealing with the loss well. Who would? She's abandoned her art and writes letters to Lucca every day. All of a sudden Brooklyn starts having nightmares about Gabe. Truly
Jul 19, 2009 Lisa added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my third YA novel, another ghost story, told from the point of view of two characters - Brooklyn and Nico. Fans of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME will hopefully like this one!
“How many days was I like that?
Pretending to listen, but not hearing a word?
Pretending to care when I hated it all?
Pretending to live when I was dying inside?”

Lisa Schroeder’s Chasing Brooklyn introduces readers to two hauntingly sad characters filled with pain, grief, and longing. Two characters that will stay with me each and every day. In a world that keeps go, go, going, how does one learn to survive, keep feeling, smiling, getting up and moving on after the loss of a loved one, child, broth
Is it possible to love every chapter, every line, and every words of a book?

Because it did happened to me...with this one.

I love everything about this book! This is my first time to read a novel written in verse. I bought this just a few days ago because of the good reviews and recommendations. Also, I was intrigued by how it was written in verse. Then, I opened it and began reading the first chapter. And I just realized that I couldn't stop reading. Wow, it actually took me only the first page.
This is the second time I've read a work from this author and it still didn't fail to leave me at awe especially since this is a verse novel.

When I started this I realized that this is much more intense and emotional that the last book I've read of this author so I was a little doubtful if it would be able to connect and affect me deeply since it was written in a verse form. But lo and behold because it did! I was surprised to find myself tearing up on some parts and some making my skin filled
Chasing Brooklyn is told in verse. Sometimes verse works, sometimes it doesn't. Lisa Schroeder knows how to do it!

This is now my favorite novel by Lisa.

Chasing Brooklyn is such a sad yet BEAUTIFUL story! It's about loss, and letting go, but most importantly it's about hope and love.

You'd think you couldn't have strong characterization in a novel told with such few words, but wow. I found such a connection with these characters it was unbelievable. Schroeder is amazingly talented. I can't begin t
Brooklyn experiences unsettling nightmares after her boyfriend, Lucca, passes away. She is not sure why it is Gabe, a friend of hers, that keeps appearing even though she wishes it was Lucca in his place. Nico, Lucca's brother, takes on running to escape the harsh reality his brother's death instills. Brooklyn and Nico need to reach out to one another to get past their shared despair - but will it be too difficult?

I really liked this story in poetry format. Although I think it would suffer if it
Dec 17, 2010 K rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: library
This book manages to be moving and heartfelt with very little effort.

Told entirely in verse, the story alternates narratives between Brooklyn and Nico. Both are suffering from the aching loss of Lucca, Brooklyn’s boyfriend and Nico’s brother. It’s been a year since the fatal car crash and another friend, Gabe, has just died. Now Nico is being haunted by Lucca, urging him to help Brooklyn who is in turn being haunted by Gabe.

Honestly, I see ‘verse’ and I’m a little leery. Positive reviews had me
Kann man behaupten, ein Buch gelesen zu haben, wenn man nur das Hörbuch dazu gehört hat? Vermutlich nicht so ganz. Aber die Sprache und den Inhalt habe ich dadurch ja mitbekommen. Es ist also fast wie lesen.
Nach dem Inhalt habe ich mir das (Hör-)Buch weniger ausgesucht, eher nach den Sprechern Andreas Fröhlich und Anna Carlsson, die ihren Job beide ganz hervorragend machen (Frau Carlsson sogar fast ein bisschen besser als Herr Fröhlich - und das kommt von einem eingefleischten Andreas-Fröhlich-F
This is my first time to read a book that is not in paragraph, but in verses. I thought I may not like it but instead I loved it. I love the fast-pace of Chasing Brooklyn which is not so cheesy but is very real and emotionally well written. This is basically the first book I've read from Ms. Schroeder and I can say that she writes exceptionally a very good and emotional story about lost, friendship, relationships, and love.

So the story is about Brooklyn losing her boyfriend Lucca, which is Nico'
Schroeder is one of the top names when it comes to verse novels and I can now see why. Although I often stay away from these poetry-bound novels, Schroeder assuaged most of my fears and managed to suck me into her beautiful tale. I wasn't expected it, but Chasing Brooklyn managed to contain deep and well-rounded characters I truly felt for. Brooklyn, the protagonist who lost her boyfriend and is now haunted by her friend who overdosed is a heroine we can get behind, struggling to maintain a faca ...more
I love this cover. And I love the title. And I just really love this book. I'm so glad some thoughtful reader nominated it for a Cybils award this year, because I honestly don't think I would have picked it up otherwise. And I have no good reason for that except I think I somehow got the mistaken impression it was just another problem novel and I wasn't in the mood. Shame on me for making my ignorant assumptions and not giving this lovely novel a try before now. CHASING BROOKLYN is Lisa Schroede ...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
I loved Chasing Brooklyn so, so much it's now one of my favorite books. I'm a big fan of verse writing, and this book is now one of the reasons why. I tend to rate books because of how much emotion they are able to convey. How much of what happens, feels like it's happening to me. Having read it one one sitting, this was an emotional roller coaster.

It is a beautiful story about grief, dealing, hope, healing, dreams, and obviously... love. The healing power of love. The characters, the plot, the
Lauren Fidler
it's okay
to want to date
your dead boyfriend's brother
isn't it?

according to this novel
the best way to deal with grief
is to fall in love
with the deceased's kin.

and, if you make a promise,
and can't keep it in life
keep it in death.
i will haunt you.


look, i went back and forth on this one. at the beginning, the poems were grating and amateurish but then the story picked up and i was like oh i see i can do this then. then...oh, then, gabe happened.

when gabe was a scary undead mo-fo i was pr
I’ve read a couple of books by Lisa Schroeder and it amazes me how powerful her stories are conveyed through her technique of writing in verse. Chasing Brooklyn is no exception, truly a great read. I sat down to start this book, and before I knew it, I was turning the final pages. Schroeder has a seamless ability to catapult you into a story and take you on a journey of sorrow, loss, self discovery and ultimate healing in the span of a few short hours.

Many people might be put off by the writing
Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died a year ago and since then it's as if she's just stopped living, too. Things worsen when her friend Gabe kills himself and seems to be haunting Brooklyn in her dreams - why is he in her dreams instead of Lucca? Lucca's brother Nico can't stop running. The only time he even feels vaguely normal is when he goes running. Nico is struggling, too, as it appears that Lucca's ghost is visiting him, demanding that he help Brooklyn. As Gabe's visits into Br ...more
Mar 07, 2010 Olivia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Another tear - jerker. Geez, I'll never be able to read a Lisa Schroeder book without crying it seems. I always says this, but Lisa Schroeder is one of my all time favorite authors. Just because she writes about characters that are so believable and the grief in this book was very realistic.

Chasing Brooklyn was so beautiful and so sad, the writing style was wonderful. I love verse novels. The only other author I know that writes verse novels is Ellen Hopkins. So it's wonderful to have two great
Another long run,
Hoping to put distance
between me
and everything else.
The farther,
The better.
Only problem is,
the distance is just temporary,
Because no matter far I go,
I always have to come back.

I first came across Lisa Schroeder when I had randomly ordered The Day Before written by her. I had not known her and I also didn't know that the whole novel was written in verses. The whole experience altogether was pretty surprising.

And..I Love Surprises! :D

The beauty of novels written by Ms.Schroeder?
This book has 3175 ratings on GR with a 4.14 average rating. And since I’ve been reading (and enjoying!) some real drivel lately, I figured this was a big step up from my current fare and I’d like it as much as everyone else does. From the reviews, I think I was expecting something more like Hold Still, which deals beautifully with someone learning to live again after suffering a loss, or as evocative as an Ellen Hopkins novel. (I really need to get it through my thick skull already that just be ...more
Angela (:
A solid 4 stars. Chasing Brooklyn is the second book I've read by Lisa Schroeder, the first being The Day Before. I can honestly now saw I love books in verse. I never read many before because I preferred sentences and paragraphs. And even though I still do, I've grown to enjoy reading these... or many I just love Lisa Schroeder. ♥

Both Brooklyn and Nico are alive, but not living. It’s been a year since Lucca, Brooklyn’s boyfriend and Nico’s brother passed. Now their friend—Lucca’s best friend—co
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for

New Year's Day...the one-year anniversary of Lucca's death. This is how CHASING BROOKLYN begins.

Brooklyn was Lucca's girlfriend. She has been struggling with her grief over Lucca's senseless death for an entire year. Nico is Lucca's brother. He, too, has been torn apart by the loss of Lucca, but for different reasons.

As the story unfolds, Brooklyn begins to have horrible nightmares involving another friend, Gabe. Gabe was the person responsible for Lucca's
The teaser was kinda creepy. I’m not a fan of anything ghostly. This must be the reason why I didn’t give much of an attention when Ate Eu urged me to make a time to read this novel.

My only regret after reading was I should have read it earlier. The very moment she recommended it.

I like it. No. I think I love it.

This, too, is my first time to read a novel in a form of a poem. A taste of Shakespear. But words won’t make your nose bleed and wonder why the sun ate the moon? In fact it was so lig
Theresa Milstein
I loved Far from You. Someone told me Chasing Brooklyn was even better. She was right.

Reading Lisa Scheoeder's books makes me want to write verse novels. She makes me wish she could publish her books faster.

Brooklyn's boyfriend Lucca died a year ago, and she can't stop grieving. She's stuck. Then Lucca's best friend Gabe dies of a drug overdose. Of all Brooklyn's regrets, she adds not reaching out to Gabe.

Gabe begins to haunt her dreams.

Lucca's brother Nico also can't stop grieving. He feels the
Chasing Brooklyn got to the point from the beginning, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. In this case, it was a good thing because the book draws you in from the start.

The book is narrarated by two people--Nico & Brooklyn. Lucca, Brooklyn's boyfriend and Nico's brother, dies a year before the book takes place. They are both trying to get through it--Brooklyn keeping his memory alive, and Nico running from the past. Nico starts seeing Lucca's ghost, telling him to help Brooklyn. So,
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Won a copy of the ARC in a book tour, so, sadly I didn't get to keep it :o( However, I'm happy that I was able to pass such a great book on for others to read. So, here's my review:

Chasing Brooklyn was one of those stories that allowed me to feel the various emotions that the characters -Brooklyn and Nico were going through a year after a death that affected them both in very different ways. A supernatural twist to the story had ghosts to help pave the way for both Brooklyn and Nico, in what wou
I never go for a paranormal stories , yet I don't know how I came across this one, I had it since quite a while , yet I decided it to read tonight.... And something was different , the air was different ,maybe if i had read it on some other day It wudn't have the same effect its having tonight.
There were answers in this book , that I was trying to find today about my life .... this is weird , I should stop thinking that way , but I just can't brush off that feeling ....

Anyway coming to the story
What a beautiful story written in verse about Brooklyn and Nico who have lost Lucca, her boyfriend and his brother. And as if that wasn't bad enough they lose another friend, Gabe, who happens to be the third death in their school.

The death of Lucca has been a full year previous to the start of the book, but it's as painful for both characters as the day he died. Somehow Brooklyn and Nico find their way to help one another deal with the pain of their loss and to move forward in life. The "ghosts
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Lisa Schroeder is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens. Her latest young adult novel is THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU, and the latest series for 8-12 year olds is called CHARMED LIFE. She lives in Oregon where she spends her time reading, writing, baking yummy treats, and hiking with her family.

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