I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
(Simon Pulse, Paperback)
Ava is being haunted by her boyfriend, Jackson, and she kind of likes it. Jackson died at the end of the school year and he was her whole world. So when she starts seeing him in the mirror and hearing his voice in her head, Ava doesn't complain. In fact, she makes excuses to stay home so she can be closer to Jackson. After all, it was her fault that he died. But does having a ghost as a boyfriend mean that Ava can't live her own life?
I've tried verse novels before and never liked them. However, I Heart You, You Haunt Me captivated me from the first page. Schroeder definitely has a talent for telling a story in as few words as possible. I finished this book in about 30 minutes but was completely struck by how descriptive it was. I felt like I knew Jackson (the dead version and the alive version). And I could understand what Ava was going through. The settings and characters were described very well and the character's emotions kept me fully invested in the story. Lisa Schroeder is a debut YA novelist with a lot of talent and I will be adding her future books to by wish list.