Wherever You Go is written by Heather Davis. It was published in 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Davis’s website can be found here.
Genre: Supernatural, Realistic, and I suppose a hint of Tough Read
“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 her 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?”
“Holly raises her head, and for an instant, just a nanosecond, your heart swells with hope. She glances around as if someone had called her name, but then the moment passes and she slips back into her page turning. You’re alone, again.
It’s bluish late afternoon outside as the spring rain begins to pound against the wall of windows. I’m here, you whisper into her ear again—even if she’s not listening. I’m still here.”
“Are you my granddaughter’s friend?” he asks, scratching at his thinning gray hair.
“You can see me?” Your voice sounds like it’s echoing across a broad, empty hall.
Holly’s grandpa nods.
For the second time that night, you’re actually freaking happy. He can see you. You’re not invisible.
You’re not alone.”
Warnings: Swearing, kissing, depression
Recommended Age Range: 16+
What I Liked:
The format was odd, but not really in a bad way. Davis wrote from three different points of view, Holly’s, Jason’s, and Rob’s, and for each person she used a different type of POV. Holly was first person, Jason was third person, and Rob was second person (shown in the quotes section above; it’s the “you” POV). I’m curious as to why she chose to do it that way. Perhaps to give each person their own distinctive voice? It was a bit strange from a reader’s perspective, switching around like that.
Holly and Jason’s relationship was sweet. I loved every minute of it. All the relationships in this book were very well done. This was essentially a book about relationships and connections and love and friendship and Davis handled it all beautifully.
What I Didn’t Like:
Rob was perhaps my least favorite character and POV. The “you” narrative was so very different that it felt strange, and Rob himself was annoying (although he does redeem himself a bit at the end).
The three different types of POV can take some getting used to.
Wherever You Go is a unique, sweet book about familial and romantic love. The relationships are the best part about this book. I will be looking for more books by Davis.
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