Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chasing Brooklyn

By: Lisa Schroeder

This is another great book by Lisa Schroeder. Once again Schroeder deals with death and how the living move forward in a unique and poignant manner. Like her earlier book, I Heart You, You Haunt Me, Chasing Brooklyn is written in poetry. This time the story follows the brother and the girlfriend of a boy, Lucca, who died in a car accident. In alternating entries you see how Nico and Brooklyn are visited by the dead (both Lucca and the dirver of the car, Gabe, who dies of an overdose a year later), and implored to move on without fear, and how Nico and Brooklyn find eachother exactly when they need it the most.
One thing I loved about this book are the connections the I Heart You, You Haunt Me. They aren't big and overpowering, but a mention of Jackson and Jackson's Hideaway (where he died) and a friendly visit or two from Ava, serve to tie the two stories together in a meaningful way. It really shows how the stories, and people, are all connected, and how you can find solace from people if you just let them in.
This was a quick, easy read, but it certainly packs a punch. Once again Schroeder has written a moving story about death and living that sticks with you long after you turn the last page.

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