I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Title: I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: Jan 2008
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary from Goodreads:
Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl gets boy back…
Ava can’t see him or touch him, unless she’s dreaming. She can’t hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she’s crazy, but she knows he’s here.
Jackson. The boy Ava thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. He’s back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.
I have only read The Day Before by Lisa and I loved it so I couldn’t wait to try some of her older books. I picked this one up during a read-a-thon for a quick read and it was the best book that I read during that read-a-thon!
It is a verse book for anyone who didn’t already know that and the emotion that Lisa can put in such few words will leave you breathless and wanting more. While reading this one I could completely connect with the sadness and loss that Ava was going through and although Jackson was a ghost and he was there for her in his own special way, it was hurting Ava more than she realized. This book really explores all of the emotions that a teenage girl would feel after losing her boyfriend.
The only problem I had with the book was that Ava was rather young and she had only been dating Jackson for a short while before he died. She always said she loved him but I don’t think she quite knew what that meant. Even though she was so young I could still relate to the story and I think Lisa did a great job with Ava’s character in the end. She might have seemed too young at certain points but she had some growing up moments that really lead the reader to believe that Ava was making the right choices, even if they were heartbreaking ones.
Overall, I was crying by the end of this book and a book has not done that to me in a while so I appreciate any time a book gives me a good cry. The story was beautiful and the words were powerful and held so much meaning. I would recommend this book to just about anyone because stories of lose are stories that we all have to deal with and this one is one of the best that I have read on this topic in a long time. I will give this story 5 hearts and I can’t wait to read more of Lisa’s work.