"Girl meet boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl gets boy back....
.... sort of.
Ava can't see him,
unless she's dreaming.
She can't hear his voice,
except the faint whispers in her mind.
Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here.
The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with.
He's back from the dead,
as proof love truly knows no bounds."
This is what's written on the back of I Heart You, You Haunt Me, sound good? Oh you have no idea.
The book follows 15 year-old Ava Bender, starting at Jackson's funeral, though the summer to the day after her 16th birthday. Ava blames herself for the Jackson's death and we follow her through her grief, depression, blame, and the other hundreds of emotions she feels after his death. Written in free verse this book makes the reader feel every thing Ava feels and more. I actually cried when I read the funeral part. (First book to ever do bring me to tears.) Schroeder is a very talented author, who was able to captivate her readers without ever boring them. I recommend this book to anyone who likes... Well, books.
P.S. On Ms. Schroeder's sight I found a list of other in verse novels.
Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
Rubber Houses by Ellen Yeomans
Home of the Brave by Katherine Aplegate
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant