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Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
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Jul 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-book-challenge-160-books, poetry-novels-in-verse, ya-books

Schroeder writes about death, but not the immediate ramifications of a death, but those long term effects. After the funeral. After friends have gone on with their lives, after others think you should 'be over it.' Her books explore hauntings and recovery and reaching out to others. They don't shy away from the real pain of recovery, and I appreciate that about her books. I know my students need to know this.

Brooklyn has lost her boyfriend; Nico lost his brother. Lucca haunts them both as they sleepwalk through their days, even a year after his death. Now, the boy who was driving the car the night Lucca died has committed suicide. More death for this small high school.

Told in alternating voices, in her trademark smooth verse, we watch both Nico and Brooklyn struggle, a year later, with their loss.

I don't like the 'woo-woo' ghosts that Schroeder includes in her books, but I understand what she's doing with them...what she needs her characters to learn.

These books fill a real need in my classroom and I'm glad I've found them

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