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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Title: Chasing Brooklyn
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date: Jan. 5, 2010
Pages: 412
ISBN:  9781416991687
Source: purchased

Chasing Brooklyn
Summary From Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts: 

I have read a few reviews of this book, and even before that I had it in my TBR pile. I actually haven't read any of Lisa's books; but I had heard that she writes in what I believe is called prose. This book isn't like your normal YA books. At first when I saw how many pages were in it, I was a little daunted. I know I read a lot of 400+ page books, but after finishing a 325 page read I was wanting something light.
So after flipping through the book, I was glad to see that it wasn't pages upon pages filled with tiny little test!
Chasing Brooklyn is the story of two teens that are struck by tragedy twice. Once when Lucca, Brooklyn's love and Nico's brother dies on New Year's. One year later Gabe, the driver of the car and a friend to both Brooklyn and Nico; dies of a drug overdose. The story alternates what would be considered journal entries of Brooklyn's and Nico's thoughts. With both being "haunted" by the ghosts of Lucca and Gabe, the story has a great start.
It starts of with Gabe haunting Brooklyn in her dreams and then slowly escalates, I was confused as to why exactly Gabe was haunting Brooklyn and what he meant by the things he would say to Brooklyn, but by the end of the story I began to understand.
Nico is haunted by Lucca; his brother. Lucca comes to Nico with the plea "Help her", talking about Brooklyn. I thought maybe at first that Brooklyn's dream hauntings from Gabe may injure her in some way; but soon realized that maybe Lucca just wanted Nico to help Brooklyn learn to live again.
All in all, I really enjoyed the book and I now have Lisa's other books on my TBR list!

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