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Chasing Brooklyn

Chasing Brooklyn

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Lisa Schroeder

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  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 178mm x 35mm | 394g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1416991689
  • ISBN 13: 9781416991687
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 375,907

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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.

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By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2010 5

New Year's Day...the one-year anniversary of Lucca's death. This is how CHASING BROOKLYN begins.

Brooklyn was Lucca's girlfriend. She has been struggling with her grief over Lucca's senseless death for an entire year. Nico is Lucca's brother. He, too, has been torn apart by the loss of Lucca, but for different reasons.

As the story unfolds, Brooklyn begins to have horrible nightmares involving another friend, Gabe. Gabe was the person responsible for Lucca's death. Unable to deal with his own guilt, Gabe commits suicide. Gabe then begins haunting Brooklyn. Brooklyn can't bring herself to share her terrors with anyone, fearing everyone would think she was going crazy.

Nico, like Brooklyn, is also being haunted. But it is Lucca who is haunting him. Lucca continually tells Nico in various ways that he must help Brooklyn. Nico has no idea how to help her but tries to work himself into Brooklyn's life.

As the early part of the year unfolds, it seems to Nico that just when he takes one step forward in helping Brooklyn, she pushes him two steps back. Even when Nico tries to give up, Lucca leaves Nico subtle reminders that he isn't done yet.

Told in alternating voices, CHASING BROOKLYN is a beautifully written novel in verse. Ms. Schroeder ties in characters from her first novel, I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME to ease the grief that the main characters are suffering. CHASING BROOKLYN is definitely a book for the reluctant reader. This story movies quickly; it draws you in and captures your heart.

For anyone who has ever dealt with loss or love, this is a story that you, too, will adore and remember long after the final page has been read.

*Gold Star Award Winner!

By Katelyn 16 Aug 2010 4

his is a book that is both heart breaking and breath taking all at once. There is so much pain in Brooklyn and Nico's life after Lucca dies and then his good friend Gabe soon after, that at times it was hard to read. Brooklyn lost her first love and someone she considered to be her soul mate. Nico lost his brother and best friend all at once. I honestly can't imagine and I don't want to try. But through Lisa Schroeder's powerful verse I feel like I was taken on a journey that was both eye opening and good for the soul.

A year after Lucca's death, Gabe ends his life. People believed the guilt he felt over being the driver of the car the night of the accident that killed Lucca was too much for him to live with. Shortly after Gabe's death, Brooklyn starts dreaming of Gabe and not in a comforting way. It's like he's visiting her in her dreams to send a message and not a gentle, soothing one, she's terrified. She's having these awful nightmares and doesn't seem to understand what he's trying to say to her, if he's trying to tell her anything at all. At the same time Lucca visits Nico and begins asking him to "help" Brooklyn, with no further details or any kind of explanation. And so the the story really begins. The journey these two take is remarkable and life changing. I could try my best to describe it but I would fall terribly short and would not do the book, or Schroeder justice.

To deal with her grief, Brooklyn writes letters to Lucca, beautiful, pleading, heartfelt letters. Sometimes I'd get to a page where she'd write one asking for his help and it would just break my heart; she felt so alone and missed him so much. Watching Nico and hearing his side of things was also both wonderful and terrible. He was struggling just like Brooklyn, but in different ways. He too felt like he was on his own, his parents were in no state to offer him much support when they were having trouble themselves with the loss of their son, so he attempted to put on a good front around them, tried to lessen the burden on them. So seeing Nico latch onto a purpose, to help Brooklyn at Lucca's request and together their training for the "finish line" was inspiring.

Like I said at the beginning, this story was both heart breaking and breath taking and it has instantly been placed on my 2010 favorites list and will be added to my collection for all time.

By Tasha 24 Jul 2010 5

Although I liked the sound of Chasing Brooklyn from the first time I heard about it, I wasn't convinced that I was actually going to enjoy reading it once I knew it was written in verse. Usually I don't like that kind of thing (just personal preference) but I was willing to at least give it a shot. And I'm sooo glad I did because this is an amazing book!

The story is about Brooklyn and Nico who have lost someone close to them, Lucca - her boyfriend and his brother. It is told from both of their points of view which allows the reader to really get to know both characters (both are fab). The verse style of writing works because it's simple and straight to the point, leaving out all of what is often just 'padding' in a story and gets right to the raw emotion. This makes for a compelling read and it's one of those "just one more page" kind of books.

A definite recommended read, even if it's not your usual kind of thing.

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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"