03 November 2011

{Book Review} Wherever You Go

By: Me My Shelf And I | 03 November 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | |


Wherever You Go
Author: Heather Davis
Format: ARC
Pages: 320
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Publish Date: November 14, 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Seventeen-year-old Holly Mullen has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident. The fact that she has to spend most of her free time caring for her little sister and Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather doesn’t help. But Holly has no idea that as she goes about her days, Rob’s ghost is watching over her. He isn’t happy when he sees his best friend, Jason, reach out to help Holly with her grandfather—but as a ghost, he can do nothing to stop it. Is his best friend really falling for his girlfriend?
     As Holly wonders whether to open her heart to Jason, the past comes back to haunt her. Her grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob. Could the messages he has for Holly be real? And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side?
     Told from the perspectives of Holly, Jason, and Rob,Wherever You Go is is a poignant story about making peace with the past, opening your heart to love, and finding the courage to move forward into the light.

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Wherever You Go

My take: A ghost, a girl lost, a grandfather with Alzheimer’s, and a boy that’s just trying to make everything right.  So where exactly could I have gone wrong in saying yes to this book?  Really, I couldn’t because it was excellent.

Naturally, I like when books are written in one point of view, and this was in three so it was a little crazy at times.  However, I quickly got past the changes in the story because it did have a pretty good flow to it.

Holly is a great female lead because Heather was able to put so much raw emotion into her and it made things really easy to understand from her point of view.  There were often times though that she would be with Jason (and as I like to think the knight in shining armor) that I would just get completely frustrated with her and be like “really, can’t you just see what’s right there in front of you!?”

Normally, you wouldn’t think getting a ghost’s perspective would be a good thing, but I really felt like Rob was a good character to follow. He truly wanted what was best for Holly in life, but he also didn’t want to lose her – even though he already had by passing on.  That’s also where Holly’s grandfather came in. As the crazy old guy with Alzheimer’s (well everyone just thinks he’s crazy, he isn’t really it’s just the Alzheimer’s working on him) who can see and talk to Rob, you get to see the perspective in both parts.  Holly’s grandfather, though he can’t really do much, wants his granddaughter to just be happy and keep living.  Rob’s the interference in the picture.

In the end though, things end up being resolved in many ways – and it’s great to see Holly moving on and continuing instead of just staying in the place she’s stuck.  It takes her time, but it’s definitely all worthwhile.

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