Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Source: Library

My Summary:

Brooklyn’s boyfriend died a year ago. Now Gabe, the survivor of the car crash, has died. It’s a fresh shock and only makes it harder for Brooklyn, who hasn’t gotten over Lucca. But when Gabe starts haunting Brooklyn, chasing her through her dreams, she can’t take it. Nico, Lucca’s older brother, is being haunted too but by Lucca. Help Brooklyn is his message but Nico is not much better off than her. Both of them are broken and hurting trying to cope but not really living. Can they ever open up to each other and learn to move on?

My thoughts:

4 stars – a great read

I saw this book on a fellow bloggers site and it captured my interest. I picked it up at the library but it sat on my desk for weeks. I’ve been so overwhelmed with reviews and this book was just sitting there. Today I was done with a few things and felt like I could pick up something I wanted to read instead of had to read. I tried a couple of books before I choose this one. It went quickly. The book is written in prose with very little to no description or background. No world building or character explanations, just like reading a journal. What was fabulous was that it traded back and forth between Brooklyn’s entries and Nico’s. Both of them were in such pain from the death of Lucca but not dealing with it. They choose to avoid, hide or deflect. The hauntings were pushes from the other side to move on but they needed each other for that. I loved how they came together at first to try and help, then as friends and finally as more.

I may never be able to listen to The Killers again without thinking of Lucca and Nico. This is a quick great read. It’s not depressing or scary. It’s healing and hopeful. Pick it up.


  1. Thanks for this review! I've been wanting to read this for a while but I haven't heard a lot about it. Glad to hear the characters spoke to you and you enjoyed the story ^-^

  2. Based on the cover I would have stayed away because it looks scary. Glad to know it is hopeful and not scary at all. Thanks for the helpful review.