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I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
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Aug 27, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: poetry, ya-fiction
Read in August, 2009

A "verse novel", meaning that the author took some bad unoriginal prose and arranged it in choppy verse format to make it look like poetry. I am usually generous with my stars since I try to read YA stuff with teen interests in mind as well as my own, and this would indeed be a half-decent "quick pick" for teen girls, but personally I thought it was pretty awful. It does read quick, though...I read this during my lunch break with time leftover to eat a sandwich, which is good because I wouldn't have devoted any more of my time to this.
Ava is a 15-year-old girl who has just lost her high school boyfriend Jackson to an unfortunate fatal accident for which she feels partially responsible, meaning that she is melodramatic and self-absorbed and grieving heavily over what was surely the "love of her life". She begins to see little signs of him haunting her at home, like glimpses in the mirror, music suddenly playing, candles igniting, etc. However, Jackson's haunting seems trivial and is not the driving force of the novel...It's really more about Ava's stages of mourning as the people around her try to comfort her, and the so-called "haunting" really seems more like a psychological manifestation of her grief as she tries to hold on to Jackson but then eventually says goodbye. I know she's supposed to be 15 and all, but this was just corny and emotionally unconvincing.
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message 1: by Dawn (new) - rated it 1 star

Dawn My thoughts exactly.

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