This is a series wherein I will discuss whatever book I’m reading or have just finished. Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.
I just want to clarify that this is not a review. I may recommend the book, but my real point is that I love to talk about books and this is my blog so I get to do whatever I want. And I want to talk about books!
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
I won the bid for this novel-in-verse during WriteHope (thanks to Catherine Johnson for donating the book to be auctioned off!), and I read it in 3 nights. Almost the first half in the first night. A novel-in-verse goes much faster because there are fewer words to a page, but I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. And this was completely unexpected because I don’t read novels-in-verse.
One of my critique partners loves verse and is currently working on her own novel-in-verse and I always feel so completely inadequate to offer her any constructive criticism. She reads lots of verse novels and is always recommending some to me, and I always say, Thanks, but no thanks. I don’t read novels-in-verse.
I can’t say I will continue this practice, but this one in particular – Chasing Brooklyn – was amazing. Like I said, I couldn’t stop turning pages.
Written in alternating “chapters” by Brooklyn who lost her boyfriend, Lucca, a year ago, and Lucca’s brother Nico, this is a story about love and loss and hope. It is absolutely beautiful. Each has given up on living in her or his own way, and each is being haunted by someone they care about. Until they can open up to each other, they will continue to be ruled by fear rather than love.
Don’t worry, Gail, I’m holding it for you.
Have you ever read a book you weren’t sure you wanted to read, and then loved it?