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Schroeder, Lisa.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2010
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Chasing Brooklyn is a novel-in-verse by Lisa Schroeder, whose tragedy filled novels-in-verse are very popular. One year after Brooklyn’s boyfriend Lucca’s death in a car accident, Brooklyn and Lucca’s brother, Nico, are both struggling to recover from their grief. Then Gabe, who was driving the night of the accident, dies of a drug overdose, which intensifies the situation for Brooklyn and Nico. It is not until Brooklyn begins seeing the threatening figure of Gabe in her dreams and Lucca's ghost visits Nico and urges him to "help Brooklyn" that the two begin to work through their grief together by training for a triathlon. The verse format enables the author to cut right to the emotional quick. She ably illustrates the anguish and fear of the two main characters as they become friends, train together, and try to move past the tragedy and get on with their lives.  The short sentences and minimal dialogue will appeal to reluctant readers, while the beautiful language will hook the stronger ones. Like Schroeder's I Heart You, You Haunt Me and Far from You, Chasing Brooklyn leaves a strong emotional impact with the reader.  (Sharon Nehls for Colorado Blue Spruce Award, 2013)

SUBJECTS:      Novels in verse.
                        Grief -- Fiction.
                        Nightmares -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.

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