08. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Mystery, Paranormal, Teen Books

Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters, 352 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/18/2012

Veronica has been seeing ghosts ever since the Event. She’s not alone. In fact, since the Event, everyone can see the ghosts. They show up at the same places at the same times; trapped in some sort of metaphysical loop. It doesn’t really frighten anyone, even if it does cause unease. It’s been happening for a few years now, so no one’s too surprised when a ghost suddenly appears in their path. The thing is, there are now more and more ghosts appearing. Veronica even has one that appears in her bathroom. What really freaks her out though, is the creepy English teacher that lives down the street from her. He’s got a ghost of a former murdered student who appears on his doorstep every morning. And now the teacher appears to be fixating on Veronica. Shaken, Veronica and her new boyfriend, Kirk begin investigating the murder and discover that several other girls were all killed on the same day, four years apart: February 29th. Leap day.
In the course of the mystery and tension that “Break My Heart” presents, there is also a considerable amount of discussion on the nature of ghosts and what it means to those who are alive. Are the ghosts really just “images”, recorded on a medium we haven’t yet discovered? Are they trying to tell us something? Does their appearance in the real world mean that they don’t have an afterlife? What happens to those who do not turn into ghosts? And is there some meaning to the increasing number of ghosts making their appearance? A lot to think about.
I really enjoyed this book, even if I wasn’t particularly surprised by the ending. The only thing that really bugged me was the unnamed “Event” that is constantly mentioned, yet never explained. It’s obviously a catalyst for the ghosties, but is a bit of frustration for the reader.

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