Far From You I would be finishing it within the same day. The only thing that kept me from reading it in one setting is that I started it while at school while my students were taking a test, and I had to pull myself away from it when it was time to move on to the next part of our day. Let me tell you, I couldn't wait to pick it up again!
As I was getting swept away I could not help but think about all of my students' buzz for I Heart You, You Haunt Me. Once again Schroeder uses just the right words to instantly pull me in and get me to feel the main character's emotions. In this case, she artfully told Alice's story of dealing with so many different emotions - losing her mom, having her dad remarry, the birth of the new baby, an argument with her best friend, and dealing with other teenage decisions. I have mentioned it before, but I love the way verse writing can be so short, yet so powerful with so much to say. I can't wait to read Chasing Brooklyn now and hope that Schroeder is writing away on more.