Review: I Heart You, You Haunt Me

I Heart You, You Haunt Me
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book as a recommend from a student who coaxed me into checking out with a vigorous shake of the head accompanied by the phrase, “it’s really, really good, Mrs. Spann.” While I can be pretty picky about what I read, I have a tendency to try to be more open where young adults book are concerned; after all, it’s my job to know YA books being a school librarian. However, teen books that smack of romance (even a little) and involve the drippy, sappy lost teen love/drama I usually don’t pick up or even read deeply. It’s not that I don’t like romance, I’ve just never been the lost love/Romeo & Juliet/tragic love type of person. So, while I value the student who recommended this book, I was a little leary of reading it. Thank goodness, the book won me over…

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder tells the story of a young girl, Ava, attempting to come to grips with loss of her boyfriend, Jackson. At first, the whole teenage pining over the lost-love-of-her-life scenerio begins to play out. Eventually, however, one sees that Schroeder doesn’t attempt to make this the whole focus of the story. In fact, the story focuses more on the grieving process and being able to come to grips with the choices we make in life. Ava learns that while one misses those they love, the living cannot give up living. I really liked the reality of this story and the play of emotions that Ava goes through in coping with the loss of Jackson. While I wouldn’t say her experience is universal, I do believe that many teens in the same situation as Ava go through some of the same experiences. It just so happened that while I was reading this book, we had a terrible tragedy hit our school when a youngster died in a freak accident. I wanted to recommend this book not only to the youngster that was a part of the accident, but also to the youngster to loved the individual who died. Ava could show these two individuals the resiliance it takes to keep living, plus the fact that it could take some time to recover from the loss.

Overall, I give Schroeder’s I Heart You, You Haunt Me, four out of five stars because while I enjoyed the book and the writing style (novel in verse), I felt that it could of had a little more depth. Despite this, I still recommend it.

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