Pages - 412
Released by Simon Pulse in January 2010
One year ago today
I lost my boyfriend, Lucca.
a nature lover
I don't tend to review books as soon as I have read them, as I usually like to dwell a little on them first. However, this book really got to me. It has a recent familiar theme that seems to be appearing more and more in young adult books recently; it deals with the death of a loved one. Unlike the other books, this one is very special, as it is written completely in verse, which to me, brings out the real emotions that lie within the story. The wording is sparse, but the meaning is very clear and heartwrenching.
At over 400 pages, I read this book with ease in one sitting and got completely lost within the story of Brooklyn and Nicco. The story is set out in diary format and begins a year after the death of Lucca, who was Brooklyn's boyfriend and Nicco's brother. The story alternates between the two view points as they move from seperate lives full of loss and hurt, to a united new beginning.
This book shows you that you can move on when someone dies; there is light at the end of the tunnel and life will go on. It doesn't mean that loved ones should be forgotten, as they will always be a strong part of your life, but you can learn to live and love again.
A beautiful, poignant read that would appeal to reluctant teenage readers as well as adults. I could feel the pain of loss that came across in the book quite strongly, regardless of it being teenage love and loss. Loss is universal and any book that can help you through the grieving process is worth a read.
Lisa Shroeder has two more books out written in a similar style and they will definitely be on my list of books to read.