Chasing Brooklyn

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Overview

Restless souls and empty hearts

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 ...

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Overview

Restless souls and empty hearts

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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—One year after Lucca's death, his girlfriend, Brooklyn, and his brother, Nico, are both trying to run from their grief. When Gabe, who was driving the night of the accident, dies of a drug overdose, neither Brooklyn nor Nico knows how to deal with this new tragedy. It is not until Brooklyn begins seeing the menacing figure of Gabe in her dreams and Lucca's ghost visits Nico and urges him to "help Brooklyn" that the two come together and begin to find the strength to move on. Like Schroeder's I Heart You, You Haunt Me and Far from You (both S & S, 2008), Chasing Brooklyn is told in a verse format that enables the author to cut right to the emotional quick. The short sentences and minimal dialogue keep the focus on the pain and fear of the two main characters as they become friends, training together, and trying to vanquish the ghosts from their lives. While the wrenching impact will leave readers raw, the ultimately hopeful ending is comforting. A quick read, but one with substance.—Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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" [Chasing Brooklyn] cut right to the emotional quick . . . . While the wrenching impact will leave readers raw, the ultimately hopeful ending is comforting. A quick read, but one with substance."
School Library Journal, February 2010

"[Written in free verse] both narrators speak in compact and emotional lines. The haunting premise is an appealing one." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2010

High school junior Brooklyn and senior Nico are trying to move past the death of Lucca, a pivotal figure in both of their lives. Lucca was Brooklyn's boyfriend and Nico's brother. Although it has been one year since Lucca's death, the recent overdose death of Gabe, Lucca's long-time best friend, shakes Nico and Brooklyn by reopening the wound of Lucca's sudden passing. Soon after dying, Gabe begins haunting Brooklyn's dreams. Gabe's intent is not clear, but the dreams have a malicious overtone that unsettles Brooklyn. meanwhile Nico has his own supernatural communications with his dead brother, and the clear message from Lucca to Nico is that Brooklyn needs help. Nico reaches out to Brooklyn, and their grief and love for Lucca bring them together. But soon Brooklyn and Nico's newfound friendship leads to deeper feelings.

Beautifully written is verse, this touching novel will appeal to older teens looking for a heartfelt story of redemption and triumph mixed with a little romance and tenderness. The sparse text is expertly used to convey Brooklyn's pain and longing for her loss of Lucca and her unexpected feelings for Nico. The dream sequences are more than a little creepy, adding a supernatural feeling to a novel that defies easy categorization.
- VOYA April 2010

VOYA - Paula Brehm-Heeger
High school junior Brooklyn and senior Nico are trying to move past the death of Lucca, a pivotal figure in both of their lives. Lucca was Brooklyn's boyfriend and Nico's brother. Although it has been one year since Lucca's death, the recent overdose death of Gabe, Lucca's long-time best friend, shakes Nico and Brooklyn by reopening the wound of Lucca's sudden passing. Soon after dying, Gabe begins haunting Brooklyn's dreams. Gabe's intent is not clear, but the dreams have a malicious overtone that unsettles Brooklyn. Meanwhile Nico has his own supernatural communications with his dead brother, and the clear message from Lucca to Nicco is that Brooklyn needs help. Nico reaches out to Brooklyn, and their grief and love for Lucca bring them together. But soon Brooklyn and Nico's newfound friendship leads to deeper feelings. Beautifully written in verse, this touching novel will appeal to older teens looking for a heartfelt story of redemption and triumph mixed with a little romance and tenderness. The sparse text is expertly used to convey Brooklyn's pain and longing for her loss of Lucca and her unexpected feelings for Nico. The dream sequences are more than a little creepy, adding a supernatural feeling to a novel that defies easy categorization. Reviewer: Paula Brehm-Heeger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416991748
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 181,755
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Schroeder

Lisa Schroeder is the author of the teen verse novels The Day Before; I Heart You, You Haunt Me and its companion novel, Chasing Brooklyn; Far from You; and the teen prose novel Falling for You. She is also the author of the middle grade prose novels It’s Raining Cupcakes, Sprinkles and Secrets, and Frosting and Friendship. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon. Find out more about Lisa and her books at LisaSchroederBooks.com or on Twitter at @Lisa_Schroeder.

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Tues., Jan. 10th—Brooklyn

Daddy was raised

in a house full of women.

Women who did everything for him.

Now I’m left

to do those things

others have done for him

his whole life.

Cook him dinner.

Wash his boxers.

Change his sheets.

He needs me?

I don’t think so.

What he needs

is a maid.

Tonight he says,

“Brooklyn, let’s get a dog.”

I give him a look that says,

Are you crazy?

“What?” he says.

“It’d be great.

You just don’t know it

because you’ve never had one.”

That was Mom’s fault.

Neat freaks and dogs

don’t mix.

And really,

I don’t see how

busy girls with enough to take care of

thank-you-very-much

would mix with a dog either.

A maid,

a cook,

and a dog trainer?

I don’t think so.

Tues., Jan. 10th—Nico

Ma makes a big dish

of ravioli for Gabe’s family

along with some bread

and her famous pineapple tiramisu.

Tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian.

Ma always hopes it will do a little of that.

She took them minestrone soup last week.

When she doesn’t know what else to do, she cooks.

She’s trying to teach me everything she knows.

I’m the closest thing to the daughter she never had, I guess.

She leaves some ravioli for me and Pop.

We eat in silence.

Too bad there’s no tiramisu.

I think we could both use some of that too.

Tues., Jan. 10th—Brooklyn

I fall asleep hoping to dream

of Lucca.

Instead I’m standing in the hallway at school.

In the dark.

Alone.

I turn around

and around,

wondering where everyone is.

I want to turn on the lights,

but where do you find the lights

for a school hallway?

There’s the faint sound of footsteps.

Someone is far away.

But coming closer.

I listen.

They get louder.

I open my mouth.

I try to speak.

Nothing comes out.

I walk forward,

my arms in front of me,

trying to see my way.

There’s a faint light ahead.

I think it’s the light to the office.

If I can just make it there,

it’ll be okay.

The steps are coming faster.

My pace increases.

Just get to the office.

Nothing can hurt you there.

They’ll help you.

The light gets brighter.

I start to run.

Faster and faster

I run,

the beating of my heart

almost as loud

as the pounding of my steps.

I reach the door and look behind me.

I see someone.

Someone’s coming.

Right behind me.

I turn the doorknob.

Locked tight.

My fist pounds on the window.

I pound and pound

and open my mouth to scream.

Then, he’s there.

In front of me.

Gray skin with eyes

black as the darkest night,

and lips blood red.

He lunges for me

and I scream his name.

“Gabe!”

When I wake up

with my sheets soaked

and sticking to me like bandages,

I can’t stop shaking.

Even though I know it was a dream,

something about it

was so much more

than a dream.

A lot more.

#281

Dear Lucca,

I’ve read six comics. I still can’t go back to sleep.

I had a horrible dream. I don’t even want to talk

about it.

Daddy told me after Mom moved out, I could

wake him up if I ever needed anything. But then

I’d have to tell him about the dream. He’d worry

about me. Probably think this thing with Gabe is

getting to me. And then who knows what he’d do.

Anyway, what could he do for me, besides give me

a hug and tell me to go back to sleep? He can’t do

anything for me. Not really.

So I guess I’ll read about Tom Strong some more.

recently read a review online about him where

someone said, “Tom Strong stands for goodness,

purity of heart, tolerance, and family.” No wonder

I like him so much.

Love always,

Brooklyn

Wed., Jan. 11th—Nico

Something happened last night

and I am freaking out.

It was almost morning. I was asleep.

I heard a noise.

A scraping noise.

I sat straight up and noticed the window was open, just slightly.

The room was freezing.

I ran to the window and closed it.

I was about to turn on the light, when I felt something.

Like someone was right there.

I lunged for the baseball bat under my bed and started swinging.

I made my way to the light and turned it on.

No one was there.

Nothing was there.

And yet, it was like someone or something

was

there.

And then I heard a whisper.

Not even a whisper.

Something else.

A silent message in my brain.

Make sure Brooklyn is okay.

The curtains fluttered.

A slight shadow emerged on the wall.

And then, he was gone.

The room warmed up.

My goose bumps disappeared.

And I ran out of my room.

Wed., Jan. 11th—Brooklyn

Kyra tells me

I look tired.

I tell her I’m fine.

Doing great, in fact.

I don’t even tell her

about the nightmare.

That’s all it was.

A stupid nightmare.

Although, getting dressed this morning,

I had this odd sense

someone was watching me.

But that’s ridiculous.

Gabe is dead.

Dead people don’t watch people.

Do they?

Wed., Jan. 11th—Nico

I look for Brooklyn

at school

and see her at her locker

talking to Kyra.

She doesn’t see me

and I don’t stop to talk.

She’s fine.

I’ve seen it for myself.

She’s completely fine.

Did I just imagine it?

Whatever “it” was.

I thought someone was there.

I thought I heard the words.

But now, I don’t know.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Beautiful words

    This was my first encounter
    with a novel in verse.
    It opened my eyes
    to my own possibilities.

    Beautiful words describing
    grief
    and how it's different
    for everyone.

    Beautiful words describing
    the journey
    to overcome that
    grief.

    Beautiful words describing
    a path to healing
    and unexpected
    love.

    And now, the book complete,
    I have my own stories
    floating
    flittering
    forming
    that must be written
    I may just try
    my own
    novel
    in
    verse.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Chasing Brooklyn

    Chasing brooklyn is an amazing love story, read the book. Turn every page realizing she lost her boyfriend and hes telling his brother to get her out of grief and live life. Would you write letters to your Dead Boyfried?
    Read the book, dont forget to keep turnin the page:)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Finish to review by Meb Luap

    lost forever? Find out in Chasing Brooklyn!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    amazing read

    This book is one of the best books i've ever read it only took me a few hours to read, I couldn't put it down. I highly reccomend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    This was one of the best

    Thi is one of the best books ive read in my life..andive read alot...u woul be smart if u got it rightt after reading this

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    <3d itt

    Very short, sadly but perfect, i love itt. Perfect for any body

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    excellent, haunting, and happy

    this book starts out with some excellent lauguage and images involving brooklyn, nico, lucca and gabe, who are all extremely important chracters in each others lives. Brooklyn starts the book off talking about luccas death, then two pages in the perspective switches to nico, Luccas living brother. He talks from his point of view on the story, then just a few entries in, Gabe, a friend of Lucca's dies of a drug overdose. This hurts both Brooklyn and Nico, and they begin haviing strange dreams. Nico dreams of Lucca, and Brooklyn dreams of Gabe, who haunts her in her sleep. Lucca only wants Brookly to be happy, and is trying to get Nico to help her. Nico has trouble figuring out how to help brooklyn. Gabe's dreams are haunting and realistic, and brooklyn has a hard time shaking them off. The book strings itself together in a series of wonderful and quirky poems. An excellent read, I recommend it highly. Dmitri Grigorieff Castel A5

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Beautiful

    This is a heartwarming and sad story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    Beautiful. This book was really good. I loved how it explains 2

    Beautiful.
    This book was really good. I loved how it explains 2 point of views of how they deal with death of loved ones, from their friend, brother, or girlfriend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    OMIGOSH! TAP HERE!!!!

    It not only has my name but has my heart! I LOVE this book it gave me chills and a smile. All the backstories she inserts and adds throuhout the story just made it all the more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Kylee

    Amazing:)

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Really good

    The cover I especially like. This was a sad but really good story about two people trying to cope, all the while reaching out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Chasing BROOKLYN Chasing Brooklyn

    I thought this book was amazing. It was beautifully written and I LOVED how it was written in the poem format! I thought both Brooklyn ad Nico's charavters were wonderfulky established d definitely had some character change throughout the whoe book. I thought the author did an amazing job using the poetic format for very good descriptibe pieves. Also, I love how it wasn't a sappy romance novethat made you want to chuck it at a wall!! Overall, I loved this book sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, thus warding it the honor of five beautiful stars!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Beautiful and breathtaking

    I couldnt put it down. I started it and finished it in one night and im reading it again. This is a must have. The whole thing made me bite my nails the entire tme it was so intense. I could relate to the tragic loss of a large amount of friends in one night. Feels as though they pushed me to be happier then i was. Would reccomend to anyone!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    <3

    I love this book. First book i bought on here. I recommened it for all ages

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    couldnt put it down!

    couldnt put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!

    Sad suspenciful great book for anyone I loved it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Fa Absolutely fantastic

    I finished this book the day i got it cause i couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a good, quick read, this is it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    This is the best book ever

    I love it but its so sad but its soooo good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    The poetic verses take you through the tale of loss, fear, and t

    The poetic verses take you through the tale of loss, fear, and through the entire grieving process of Brooklyn as she finds her way back. It was a emotional poetic novel that leaves the reader unable to put it down.

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