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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.
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Chasing Brooklyn is probably one of my all time favorite books. It’s not your typical book because of the fact that it is written in verse. I’m a sucker for books written in verse but haven’t come across very many so when I do they always stick with me.
This one, in particular, is a contemporary romance with quite a bit of paranormal aspects. It’s about this girl, Brooklyn, who is dealing with a lot of grief in her life. She lost her boyfriend in a car wreck and then his best friend, who she was friends with too, died of a drug overdose because of his grief. On top of the depression and grief she’s going through she starts having horrific nightmares, seriously they even freaked me out, that begin to bleed into her waking hours. Then comes along Nico, Lucca’s older brother, who begins to receive messages as well – desperate ones begging him to help Brooklyn. Is Nico able to help her? Is Brooklyn able to get rid of the terrible nightmares? You’ll have to read to find out.
This book is powerful. It may have a bit of a fantastical way of conveying its message given the slightly unrealistic paranormal aspect but it works so perfectly. It’s about grief and how sometimes it can become extremely unhealthy and about how to learn that it’s okay to move on and then begin to move on once you have. Plus, there is a cute romance which isn’t a cure all. The romance doesn’t fix the character’s problems. It’s told in alternating perspectives from Brooklyn’s to Nico’s which I enjoyed a lot. Plus, even though it’s really short and written in verse the way the author conveyed everything made it feel like so much more. If you love powerful stories, romance, and books written in verse then I highly recommend it!
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