I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder is a paranormal romance. Paranormal romance? I didn’t even know that was a genre.
Fifteen year old Ava has just helped bury her boyfriend Jackson. As if that isn’t hard enough, she thinks that his death is her fault. She has a hard time letting go. Her parents encourage her to get out of the house and hang out with her friends. But she doesn’t want to. Why would she when she realizes that Jackson has never really left? He’s back from the dead and Jackson makes his presence known. Ava can feel him, the room is cold (think Sixth Sense here), she can see him in the mirror sometimes. She can’t wait to get home each day so she can spend time with him. But as time goes on, she meets somebody new and Jackson becomes possessive. I Heart You, You Haunt Me explores what we all want. Love. And how to move on when the one we love won’t let us go.
I Heart You, You Haunt Me is told in free verse, making it raw, stark, and very poetic. I’ve enjoyed many free verse novels this year, and while this one wasn’t one of the most memorable, it was well done. A very simple, easy read. I believe many teenagers will like it.
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