Review: I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

Simon Pulse
January 8, 2008

Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl gets boy back...
...sort of.
Ava can't see him or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here.
Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

The first thing I noticed about I Heart You, You Haunt Me was the amazing cover. I love the simplicity of a boy and girl holding hands, yet when you look closer you notice that the boy is slightly transparent. Also the tagline... Some bonds just can't be broken definitely peaked my interest.

Lisa's writing was amazing. It was raw and emotional which made it easy for me to place myself into Ava's shoes and feel her pain from loosing Jackson. Anyone who has grieved sometime in their life will be able to connect with Ava quickly. She has a unique voice that grows tremendously throughout the book.

Ava was a realistic teen girl who was going through a difficult time. Lisa created Ava's character exceptionally well. Every reaction Ava had was believable and not overdone. I also found her to be quite likable and admired her strength during such a rough time.

One of my favorite parts of I Heart You, You Haunt Me were the scenes where Jackson and Ava interacted. It was definitely interesting to read about a couple separated by death who are trying to understand their love for one another.

The ending was perfect and exactly what I needed to hear. It ties up all the ends and left me knowing where our main character stands. The story goes at a great pace, I never felt rushed through Ava's story at any time.

Amazing Quote:
It's like I was a garden salad with a light vinaigrette,
and Jackson was a platter of seafood Cajun pasta.
Alone, we were good.
Together, we were fantastic.

Characters: 3.5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 3.5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

It's written in stanza form so it does end up to be a very quick read. However the short length didn't affect the major impact it left me with. I Heart You, You Haunt Me is a raw, emotional read that puts sadness perfectly into words.

Crazy Katie


  1. I really liked this one, too! Glad you enjoyed it. :]

  2. Hi Katie! I've been wanting to read this book for a while now. Your review just made me want to read it more. That sucks that it's short:P I always get sad when I read a short book that's really good. Great review!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one too Alissa! :)

    Hey Danna! I can't wait for you to read it! I think you'll like it too! Yeah, it's a bummer that it's short...
    Thank you!

  4. l love love seeing reviews on books which have been out for a while! Thank you. This sounds so good.

  5. Yay! That made me smile to hear you like seeing reviews on older books! Same here :)

  6. I saw this book before. I kind of want to read it and I kind of don't want to. :\ Hmms...after reading your review, I might add it to my tbr list.

  7. Awesome review bud! I may read this book now :D

  8. Hi Ivy! I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it! :)

    Thanks Akasha! :D

  9. I love that quote. Great review. I really should read this.

  10. Thanks Juju! Yes you really should read this one! It's great! :)

  11. awesome review. LOVE IT. you always write reviews in such a fresh and fun way.

    I bought this for my sister for her bday this year. She lives 8 hours away so I haven't been able to borrow it off her :(


  12. Aw thank you so, so much Nomes! You're so sweet! :D
    Next time you see her totally grab it! haha

  13. Hi,
    I'm a french girl, I heart you, you haunt me is the first book that I read in English.
    He is just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

    Have a nice day :)
    Sorry for some mistakes :$

  14. Hi Ch0u!
    That is so awesome that this was your first book in English! You're totally right, she's amazing! :D

  15. its weird. i had an idea for a book just like this! even the hand holding thing!:( how does that happen?