I Heart You, You Haunt Me

I Heart You, You Haunt Me

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by Lisa Schroeder
     
 

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Girl meets boy.

Girl loses boy.

Girl gets boy back...

...sort of.

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,

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Overview

Girl meets boy.

Girl loses boy.

Girl gets boy back...

...sort of.

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.

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KLIATT - KLIATT Review
Part love story, part ghost story, I Heart You, You Haunt Me opens with the funeral of Ava's boyfriend Jackson. Through short, staccato sentences we see the stained glass windows, the flowers, the casket as Ava sees them--bursts of color in a sea of black. The days pass and Ava's love, memories, grief, and guilt threaten to swallow her (it was because of her dare that Jackson died). Instead, Jackson comes to her. Taking up residence in her house, he uses music on the stereo to talk to her, and begins to haunt her days and dreams. Ava's initial comfort turns to fear when she suspects Jackson of stalking her and keeping her from moving forward. Nothing, however, is as it seems, and in an interesting twist, the author absolves Jackson while leaving Ava on the path to recovery. Although the narrative in verse suggests a quick read, the storyline is anything but easy. Schroeder's stripped-down images capture the pain of losing someone, the bewilderment posed by memories so strong that they seem more real than the present, and the isolation that often goes hand-in-hand with grief. Age Range: Ages 12 to 18. REVIEWER: Debra Mitts-Smith (Vol. 42, No. 1)
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At her boyfriend Jackson's funeral, Ava's emotions are as raw as her bitten fingernails. She is empty without the relationship's "fireworks" and resorts to medication and sleep to relieve the pain. But seeing his reflection in the mirror, hearing CD messages, and smelling his scent convince Ava that Jackson is present in her house. Ava realizes that her friends and family are offering help, but she is reluctant to leave the house where Jackson is. Even the prospect of new romance is not enough. Eventually Ava confronts the unthinkable. She had dared Jackson to jump into the water from high above Heaven's Hideaway and feels responsible for his death. In the end, she demands that Jackson leave her, and he departs taking along Ava's "blanket of guilt." Ava then restarts her life with counseling. Using flashbacks, precise language and verse format, Schroeder creates vivid images that define the passion of teenage love. A happy couple at the carnival and the "cranberry red love" they shared is a grim contrast to bereaved Ava's hiding out in her ratty bathrobe and wallowing in the "warm sea" of her dead boyfriend's kisses. Each short poem develops the characters or the plot. "Let's Dance" describes the side stepping to which Ava and her mother resort in trying to talk openly about Jackson's death. Forgoing the easy resolution-Ava finding a new love-Schroeder opts for a rational and hopeful denouement with Ava seeking professional help. Teen girls will love this well-written, tragic romance. Reviewer: Barbara Johnston
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10- Fifteen-year-old Ava had never been to a funeral until her boyfriend died. She is quickly consumed by sorrow and overwhelmed with the guilt that she, the unadventurous one, dared Jackson to dive off the rock in the first place. Unsure how she can possibly go on without him, she soon discovers that his spirit hasn't gotten very far. When she begins to feel his presence in various manifestations around her house, she holes up and spends all her time with "Jackson," unwilling to let him go. Ultimately, she realizes she will never live a normal life if she doesn't move on, but must figure out how to let him know. Told in Av's voice, this novel-in-verse captures the all-consuming nature of intense teen love. Beyond Ava, though, the characters are only shallowly realized and a somewhat hackneyed plotline-a ghost can't leave unfinished business-is presented without any new spice. Still, this is a quick and agreeable, if not earth-shattering, read.-Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416955207
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
167,666
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
HL510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Read an Excerpt

Mirror, Mirror

I'm putting on makeup.

I'll be like a clown

and no one will see

the real face

behind the mask.

I don't want Cali to see

the sad me,

the depressed me,

the shamed me.

As I stand in the bathroom,

carefully lining my eyelids

bronze,

I feel a splash

of cool air.

I shiver.

I feel something.

Something behind me.

Something familiar.

Hauntingly familiar.

I glance behind me,

but I don't see

anything.

Or anyone.

And then,

when I look in the mirror

again,

I see,

for a split second,

not just me,

but someone else.

Jackson.

Copyright © 2008 by Lisa Schroeder

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