I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Release Date: Jan. 2008
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Ava's world shattered the day that Jackson died. He had been her everything and now he was gone. To make matters worse, she knows it's her fault he is dead. Scribbles of Ava + Jackson = true LOVE 4ever in her notebook are constant reminders of her guilt and what is no longer hers. But then a miracle happens and her love is return to her, even if it is only in the form of a ghost. Jackson may no longer be among the living, but he continues to show his love for Ava through music, soft whispers, and through her dreams. Fearful of losing him again, Ava isolates herself from her family and friends in order to be with him more. Her friends and family try all they can do to draw her back to normalcy, but she refuses to let go of Jackson. Even as loneliness creeps in, she knows she owes it to Jackson to be there for him. Will Ava continue to cling to this ghostly world or will she let go and return to one of living?
While I’m not normally a fan of verse, I did truly enjoy I Heart You, You Haunt Me. It was the perfect quick read, especially since I had been struggling to finish books before ALA. Schroeder does a good job of connecting Ava with the reader. She tries to give some extra information on the supporting characters, but sometimes it felt a little out of place. I know it was needed to flush out the world more, but I didn’t really care about anyone other than Ava. I should also mention that while I really liked Ava, Jackson kind of creeped me out. I’m sure he was a good guy, but there were several times I cringed at his over possessiveness. At first, I thought it was just anger at his restrictiveness as a ghost, but there were scenes that proved otherwise. My dislike for Jackson made me want to shake Ava and tell her to dump the ghost NOW, especially when a new possible love interest enters the scene. I’m sure this was not the intended reaction and could possible just be me. (If you’ve read it, please let me know what your reactions were!) Beyond that, I have no real complaints about the book. It’s definitely one I recommend picking up and giving a try. I honestly don’t think you’ll regret it!