How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Group
Previously reviewed by the same author:
Read Me Like A Book
Joe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they’ve gone, he has no idea. Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new room. Even if it appears she isn’t the only one living in it. Bit by bit, Erin and Joe discover that they have somehow found a way across the ultimate divide – life and death. Bound by their backgrounds, a love of poetry and their growing feelings for each other, they are determined to find a way to be together.
Joe’s brother, Olly, never cared much for poetry. He was always too busy being king of the school – but that all changed when Joe died. And when an encounter in the school corridor brings him face to face with Erin, he realises how different things really are – including the kind of girl he falls for.
Two brothers. Two choices. Will Erin’s decision destroy her completely, or can she save herself before she is lost forever?
I thoroughly enjoyed Liz Kessler’s book Read Me Like A Book, so when I had the opportunity to read Haunt Me, I didn’t think twice. I actually preferred Haunt Me. I thought it was a highly engaging story which I didn’t want to put down. There are some people that might find this book a little too sweet, but it really does have some depth within it. It’s not just about the romance.
Haunt Me centres around Erin and Joe. Joe wakes up and is surprised to find that he has died, he is stuck in his old bedroom watching from the window as his brother, Olly, and his parents move away. Erin moves into Joe’s house. Erin has been suffering from bullying and anxiety. Her family have moved in order to start afresh. Erin manages to see Joe and they begin to fall for one another. Erin bumps into Olly at school and makes the connection between them both. Erin is stuck between two brothers and has to make a choice. The choice is between a ghost and someone that’s living. It seems obvious to Erin to go for Olly, but Joe warns her off when he tells her something very worrying…
This book deals with so many challenging themes. There’s bullying, drug abuyse, suicide, grief… to name a few. None of the characters are in a good place. As a reader, we get to experience their struggles as they try to make a fresh start. It’s a sweet read because there is so much focus on the relationships. The relationships are never easy and
hard decisions have to be made.
I thoroughly enjoyed Haunt Me and think it’ll interest many fans of the YA genre!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars