Monday, November 14, 2011

Wherever You Go by Heather Davis

Title: Wherever You Go
Author: Heather Davis
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books 
Publication Date: November 14, 2011
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Harcourt!

Summary: 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.

Review: I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading Wherever You Go. But I do know I got a sweet book that definitely warmed my heart.

Holly is instantly admirable. What she did for her Alzheimer stricken Grandpa, her over-worked mom, and her little sister was so awesome. Holly does everything without complaining. I don't think that I could ever be as kind-hearted as Holly. But even though I admired her I didn't exactly connect with her. I liked her but she just didn't click with me.

One of the things that I really liked was the change of perspective. The perspective's changed between Holly's first person accountant, Jason's third person, and Rob's second person. It gave Wherever You Go a really unique edge!

I loved the interactions between Holly's grandpa and Rob, her ghost boyfriend. There are quite a few mysteries surrounding Rob's death so it was nice to see them come out slowly and be fleshed out due to the interactions.

Another interaction that I loved was Jason and Holly's! It was the most adorable thing. Jason was a total sweetheart! He did so many things for her and when it made Holly happy, it in turn made me happy.

Overall, Wherever You Go is a touching read that will appeal to quite a few readers.



Rita Renne said...

I'm so glad that you posted this review! I was just on the brink of losing ALL faith in YA where the main character was genuinely caring and compassionate and just plain awesome.

I love your review, and I hope to read this soon! I think I requested it from Netgalley. :)

Happy reading!

Lauren M said...

I loved the dynamic between Rob and Holly's grandpa, too! It was so sweet. <3 Glad you enjoyed this one, Katie! I did, too. :)

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Love it when a character steps up and takes responsibility (even when forced!). How awesome that she's not complaining, either, that she genuinely cares and loves the people in her life. Sounds like a sweet book.

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