Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review: Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

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.

Description taken from Goodreads 

My Review

Chasing Brooklyn was a very different experience for me.  I haven’t read anything in verse before.  It’s definitely something I would like to get into, so if any of you have any recommendations for me, that would be spectacular.  I do know that I really want to read more of Lisa Schroeder’s work.  Her writing is so beautiful and flowed effortlessly.

It was really difficult, in a good way, to read Chasing Brooklyn.  The grief and pain that two different people are feeling is just so heavy.  The way that they get over things.  Their whole process of doing things and the way their lives make them choose to do things and how to feel.

Brooklyn was such a real character.  I felt everything she felt.  The guilt and loneliness.   She’s plagued by nightmares and not sure what they’re trying to tell her.  All the conflicting emotions which, of course, make her feel worse.  I felt for her like she was my own friend.

Niko is an extremely insecure person.  Feeling like he’s living in his younger brother’s shadow, never thinking he’s good enough and feeling the need to become his brother in order to make the people around him who loved his brother, happy.  It’s a lot of pressure and definitely messes with your mind.  Again, I felt for him. 

When Niko and Brooklyn find each other, they try and help each other to heal.  It’s a really beautiful story but, to be honest, I was a bit afraid that they would become dependent on each other and not be able to fully heal without the other but I was definitely proved wrong.  They knew when to take a step back and try to evaluate things on their own.  That’s strength right there.  And a good lesson to be learned.

All in all, Chasing Brooklyn was a heart wrenchingly beautiful story.  If you are a fan of If I Stay by Gayle Forman, then I would definitely suggest picking this book up.

Inside                               Outside
                              Characters   4/5                   Cover       4/5
                    Plot              4/5
                    Feels          4.5/5
                    Writing         5/5
                    Overall       4.4/5
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