This next book I'm picking is pretty darn special to me. It's the first free verse book I've ever read and it really turned me on to them. They're not stuffy, boring poetry pieces. But they get to the heart of the matter in such a way that you feel it from the bottom of your toes to the tip of your scalp.
Lisa Schroeder's debut YA book about Ava who loves Jackson. However, Jackson died and he's haunting her at every moment he can. Jackson can't seem to let go of Ava and Ava doesn't exactly want to let go. As we get to know more about Ava and we see her struggle with the loss of her boyfriend, we understand the pain and suffering she is going through. At times we want to shake her and tell her that it's okay to move on.
Lisa understands the dynamics of teens in love and she tears that apart by letting us know that one part of the couple is gone. I cried so hard reading this book. Lisa turned me into a blubbering idiot. And I love her for that.
According to Amazon this book is ranked #157,931 in sales. Not bad, but let's really get it moving. Because this book is prose, it reads very fast. But savor this book, you'll appreciate all the more.