Saturday, 6 February 2010

Review: Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder


Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Released: January 5th, 2010
Grade rating: B+


Amazon summary:

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 brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface. As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

Review:

Chasing Brooklyn is a beautifully written verse novel that explores grief, loss and moving on. Brooklyn and Nico both narrate the story, taking turns to say their piece. Schroeder has done a fantastic job of writing from both a female and male perspective, though in this case I think I prefer Nico's voice to Brooklyn's.

This book draws on many emotions, and invites the reader to feel what the characters are feeling. The writing is lyrical and powerful, and once you're in this world of ghosts and hauntings, it's very hard to leave. Brooklyn and Nico's dependence on each other is a really subtle start to their relationship, and I loved how Schroeder included feelings of uncertainty and guilt. Dating your dead boyfriend's brother would never be an easy thing to do, and thankfully it's portrayed here with the right amount of doubt and apprehension.

It took me a while to get to know Brooklyn and Nico, which I'm sure is down to the novel being written in verse. I did eventually come to understand what they were feeling and where they were coming from, though it took longer than I'm used to. On the subject of characters, it was great to see a couple of familiar faces from Schroeder's debut I Heart You, You Haunt Me. Although the books aren't related in any way, it's a clever connection, and one that fans will definitely pick up on.

Chasing Brooklyn is an emotive, poignant look at what it means to lose someone you love. It shows that life does have to go on, and that even though you may feel like you're alone, you never really are.

12 comments:

I Want To Read That said...

Thanks for the review - it reminds me I really need to get the rest of Lisa Schroeder's books (I loved 'I Heart You, You Haunt Me')

beth said...

I recently finished this one--it did great on character development, imo.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Oh, I have to read this - I also loved I Heart You, You Haunt Me. Thanks for the great review!

Jami said...

I really loved this book. Shroeder is a fantastic writer.

Lauren said...

Great review! This book sounds fantastic. :)

Lauren said...

This is the second great review I've read of this one this week, and I'm definitely intrigued. I've decided to go for I Heart You, You Haunt me to start with and maybe move on to this one if I like it - so it's interesting that there are some crossover characters.

Sab H. said...

I adored this book way too much. I read it in one sitting. But you're right, I liked Nico's voice better too! Great review! ;D

Becky said...

This book certainly sounds interesting. I wouldn't dream of reading a book written in verse if I hadn't heard such great things about it.

LovesSam said...

I seriously loved this book and fell in love with writing in verse it makes me happy :-)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Fantastic review! I loved I Heart You, You Haunt Me so I should definitely give this a go.

Sasha said...

Definitely on my wish list :)

Lea said...

Amazing review! This one sounds great (and that's cool how the author snuck in a reference to her debut)!