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|Format:||Paperback, 413 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 April 2011|
As teenagers Brooklyn and Nico work to help each other recover from the deaths of Brooklyn's boyfriend--Nico's brother Lucca--and their friend Gabe, the two begin to rediscover their passion for life, and a newly blossoming passion for one another.
Gr 7-10-One year after Lucca's death, his girlfriend, Brooklyn, and his brother, Nico, are both trying to run from their grief. When Gabe, who was driving the night of the accident, dies of a drug overdose, neither Brooklyn nor Nico knows how to deal with this new tragedy. It is not until Brooklyn begins seeing the menacing figure of Gabe in her dreams and Lucca's ghost visits Nico and urges him to "help Brooklyn" that the two come together and begin to find the strength to move on. Like Schroeder's I Heart You, You Haunt Me and Far from You (both S & S, 2008), Chasing Brooklyn is told in a verse format that enables the author to cut right to the emotional quick. The short sentences and minimal dialogue keep the focus on the pain and fear of the two main characters as they become friends, training together, and trying to vanquish the ghosts from their lives. While the wrenching impact will leave readers raw, the ultimately hopeful ending is comforting. A quick read, but one with substance.-Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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"
|Publisher: ||Simon Pulse|
|Dimensions: ||17.53 x 12.7 x 2.79 centimeters (0.27 kg)|