Shawn L. Bird

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I Heart You, You Haunt Me June 1, 2012

Filed under: book reviews,Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:14 pm
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My review of I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder, in verse.  Of course.


A verse novel

is like dessert.

Not double chocolate fudge cake

or creme brulee.

More like

lime jello



You want to love it

because it’s dessert,

but somehow

 it doesn’t quite satisfy.

There’s a lack of depth here.

The message is simple

and the path is straight.


I like more


in relationships

and characters.

More conflict.




Lest you think I’m just negative toward all verse novels, here’s my review of Wendy Phillip’s Fishtailing, which I thoroughly enjoyed.


6 Responses to “I Heart You, You Haunt Me”

  1. I only ask
    That you give
    Yourself a chance
    To love verse novels
    For what they are
    Some are dessert
    Fluffy and sweet
    Or dark and rich
    But some are starters
    Or caviar
    Raw beef with truffles
    Smoked salmon on blinis
    Drizzled in creme fraiche
    Yet satisfying
    In their own way.
    And even then
    To quench your thirst
    For something more
    Try Ellen Hopkins.


  2. Shawn Bird Says:

    lol. I’ve been trying to read Crank, but it’s always out of the library! Fishtailing by Wendy Phillips is amazing. It won the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Fiction in 2010.

  3. saytishannah Says:

    Oh, I know, I know! With verse novels, it just seems like there’s still so much to say. Also, thanks for the follow 🙂

  4. I’d love it if you’d read my verse novel, Shawn.

    • Send me an email via the About page come July. I won’t have time to even consider it before then. When you write then, paste a few pages worth as sample (4 or 5).

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