"In that moment,
a circle of love
is ten times better
than a procession
--Quote taken from page 11.
What I love about Schroeder's work is that she is able to convey so much in so few words. "I Heart You, You Haunt Me" is no exception.
The story begins at a funeral. Ava's boyfriend Jackson died, and it's clear that she blames herself for his death. We don't know how he died in the beginning as it's something Ava doesn't care to remember, but as the story goes along and pieces are slowly revealed - we begin to understand just why she feels as though she is responsible for Jackson's death.
But even in death, Jackson doesn't leave her - just like he promised. Instead, he stays with her, visiting her in her dreams, and whenever her parents aren't around. At first, Ava lives for his visits, but after a trip with her family, where she meets a boy named Lyric, she begins to question what she wants. And whether or not it's time to let go.
"I Heart You, You Haunt Me" is a beautiful story about love and death. I'd undoubtedly recommend this one.