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Chasing Brooklyn Paperback – April 19, 2011
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" ["Chasing Brooklyn"] cut right to the emotional quick . . . . While the wrenching impact will leave readers raw, the ultimately hopeful ending is comforting. A quick read, but one with substance."
-- "School Library Journal", February 2010
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"
Top Customer Reviews
This story, told in alternating voices, is about Brooklyn and Nico -- both are being "haunted" and experience visions and visits. Nico by Brooklyn's boyfriend and his brother Lucca and she by Lucca's friend Gabe. The two boys are dead -- Lucca in a car wreck and Gabe a suicide. Both are trying to pass along an important message to Brooklyn and Nico -- to choose life instead of wallowing in solitude and despair.
Although a bit contrived and predictable, the journey that each takes is a bittersweet effort to reconnect with friends and family. Brooklyn and Nico learn that the path to happiness involves making choices to stay involved and active in the world without staying constantly in the past. It's about getting over a terrific and horrible loss, and somehow finding peace and the desire to go on despite the pain and grief.
Recommended for high school libraries.
This story is a haunting tale (literally) about dealing with, and moving on after tragic loss, and finding love when you least expect it.
Brooklyn lost her boyfriend Lucca in a tragic accident one year ago, and now his best friend, Gabe, has died of an overdose. Brooklyn was very much in love with Lucca, and hasn't been dealing with the loss well. Who would? She's abandoned her art, and writes letters to Lucca every day. All of a sudden Brooklyn starts having nightmares about Gabe. Truly heart-pounding, scary, run-for-your life nightmares! She has no idea why, and is beyond frightened.
Nico is Lucca's older brother, and has barely been coping with the death of his brother as well. Lucca was the favorite child of his parents and he feels he's a poor substitution. Lucca starts visiting Nico in his dreams, begging him to help Brooklyn. He has no idea why she needs help or how to provide it. But Lucca's request is desperate enough that Nico arranges to meet up with Brooklyn to make sure all is well. Nico can tell there is something wrong but Brooklyn won't say what.
This story was told in verse, a form of storytelling I am quickly beginning to love. A verse novel can speak volumes with very few words. It's like a focused type of storytelling. Lisa Schroeder did a masterful job in capturing just the right emotion, at the right time. I found from the beginning I was riveted, and didn't want to put this book down. It was suspenseful and scary, but also heart-warming, and heart-breaking. Nico is so swoon-worthy, a total knight-in-shining-armor type of guy. You find yourself falling for him just as Brooklyn does, not that she is completely aware of this at first. Love this verse from her:
When I wake up
I whisper prayers of thanks.Read more ›
Genre: Young Adult/Verse/Romance/Paranormal
Chasing Brooklyn is about a girl named Brooklyn who 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. (Goodreads summary)
Characters: The characters in the novel are relatable and humane. Both Brooklyn and Nico battled with their depression after losing Lucca and Gabe in different, but similar ways. In Chasing Brooklyn, Brooklyn was emotionally attached to her boyfriend, Lucca. I didn’t think her attitude was cliché, but rather appropriate for the book’s significant meaning. She overcame her sadness with the help of her family, friends, the world, and Nico. Brooklyn’s experience of recovering from the death of a loved one is how I think most people should deal with death. People shouldn’t go through chaos all alone. They should express their earnest feelings to those who care, so they can be relieved of the heavy burdens they feel within. Nico became my favorite character because he never gave up on Brooklyn.Read more ›
'Chasing Brooklyn' is the story of two grieving teenagers and their path to healing. A year after the death of Lucca, Brooklyn's boyfriend and Nico's brother, his best friend Gabe dies under suspicious circumstances (many speculate that it was suicide). That's when Brooklyn starts having nightmares starring Gabe as the villain and Lucca begins haunting Nico.
I went into this book expecting another heartrending, yet beautiful read, but when compared to 'I heart you, You haunt me', some of the sections in Chasing Brooklyn felt contrived rather than part of the natural grieving process. I also expected more to happen with the haunting of Brooklyn and Nico respectively. In the end, the hauntings were more side thoughts.
Those complaints aside, this was still a beautiful book with an ethereal quality to it. Because of the short, punchy, and often evocative sentences, this was a very quick read. The story development between Brooklyn and Nico, unfolding via alternating chapters from each of their perspectives, was sweet if a bit predictable. Halfway through the book, it was easy to figure out what was going to happen, but sometimes it's not about the destination, but the journey--and so is the case with this book.
I wish I could say I adored this book as much as 'I heart you, You haunt me' but I can't. I did enjoy it, but at times I was pulled out of the story and felt an emotional disconnect from the characters. Still, this was an emotionally moving story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This would have to be one of the best books I have ever read. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I read it on spring break, well maybe kinda in four and a half hours, from 10-1:30Published 4 months ago by sierra acker
So...incredibly touching. The author writes the story in verse, and she does it so well, that the words glide beautifully through your mind and heart.Published 9 months ago by Lacy
This was just a beautiful story. Two souls lost, finding each other.Published 12 months ago by Stephanie @ Reading is Better With Cupcakes
I really had a hard time with this book. I wasn't able to connect with the characters and the writing style though unique wasn't for me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amelia M Zaffke
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Chasing Brooklyn was a very different experience for me. Read more
I don’t think I can praise Lisa Schroeder enough for her incredible talent. She completely won me over with I Heart You, You Haunt Me and she did it again with Chasing Brooklyn. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sarah
another winnner by Schroeder..loved it myself and for my middle school studentsPublished 23 months ago by Mrs. Hall