Chasing Brooklynby Lisa Schroeder
Brooklyn, Lucca's girlfriend, has learned to wear a mask of strength and indifference after losing the boy she loved. But inside, her emotions are in turmoil. Now her dreams are being haunted by a
When Lucca died, no one took it harder than his best friend, Gabe. It's exactly one year later, and Gabe has just died of a drug overdose. Tragedy striking yet again.
Brooklyn, Lucca's girlfriend, has learned to wear a mask of strength and indifference after losing the boy she loved. But inside, her emotions are in turmoil. Now her dreams are being haunted by a ghost, gray and sinister. She knows it's Gabe chasing after her, but she doesn't know why. She's desperate to find a way to stop the nightmares, but she feels like she has no one to turn to.
Nico, Lucca's brother, has learned to cope by shutting everyone out. So when he learns of Gabe's death, he's not too fazed by it. But soon he begins hearing voices in his sleep, seeing notes on his window, and getting general signs requesting him to do one thing: Save Brooklyn. Convinced it's Lucca, Nico reaches out to help Brooklyn as best he can.
Together they discover a mutual desire to live again, as they also discover a growing desire for each other.
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
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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
I don’t see how
busy girls with enough to take care of
would mix with a dog either.
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
Instead I’m standing in the hallway at school.
In the dark.
I turn 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.
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
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.
Right behind me.
I turn the doorknob.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Wed., Jan. 11th—Nico
I look for Brooklyn
and see her at her locker
talking to Kyra.
She doesn’t see me
and I don’t stop to talk.
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.
Meet the Author
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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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.
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:)
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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
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.
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.
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
Very short, sadly but perfect, i love itt. Perfect for any body
This is a heartwarming and sad story
Well written, and changed my outlook on many simple things we take for granite in life.
I COULDNT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!!!!! SHE SHOULD MAKE PT 2 OF THIS BOOK!!!!! ITS JUST AMAZING!!!!
This book is awesome! It makes me happy and sad and full of happiness. It makes me feel like I'm in the book watching everything. It feels like I'm Brooklyn! This book needs to have a movie...this book is just so AWESOME!
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.
The cover I especially like. This was a sad but really good story about two people trying to cope, all the while reaching out.
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!!!!
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!!!
I love this book. First book i bought on here. I recommened it for all ages
couldnt put it down!