Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
"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."
Wherever You Go is a very beautiful novel, about loss, forgiveness, and love. It tugs at the heart strings with all of the emotional barriers going on, and never manages to bore.
I love Heather Davis. Her books deal with such real, emotional rides that ring true with many teens. I love how she incorporates her characters into real, interesting story lines and plots.
And now, she has something even better going for her.
This book has a very unique writing style. Not only is Heather Davis awesome at writing, but in Wherever You Go, she manages to incorporate all THREE styles of points-of-view: first person, second person and third person. Now really, have you ever read a book in which second person is good? No? Well, you're about to!
In first person, we listen and experience the novel through Holly.
Holly is such an interesting character. She has so many layers about her, that each time you uncover something new, it's amazing. She's dealing with the loss of her boyfriend, Rob, all the while maintaining a life and caring for her family. I loved how she can cook--which I relate to--and I love how she's the dependable one in the family. She takes care of her little sister, and her grandfather, who's going through his own problems with dealing with his Alzheimer's disease.
In second person we read about Rob through the 'you' terms (it gets confusing, but I promise it will become easier a few chapters in!).
Rob's watching over Holly--watching her take care of her family and mourn him. He checks in on his friends--some of which aren't his friends at all--and follows his family around. He also has conversations with Holly's sick grandfather, because he can see him, which just surprises him, after not being seen by anyone for months. He needs to reach out to Holly...but how can he do that, when her grandfather is seen as sick and crazy?
In third person, we listen to and learn more about Jason.
Jason (Rob's best friend) starts showing an interest in Holly, and it's like things change. Of course, Holly is worried that he's helping her out of obligation to his friend--he isn't. She's also worried that she's going to lose him, or that she isn't respecting the memory of Rob by falling for his friend.
I loved how, not only did we get to read in all of these points of views and styles, but we get to learn and experience each and every one of the characters. (Uh, that sounds weird, but...yeah.)
This review is long and a little jumbled, so...let's wrap this up, shall we?
Very interesting, what with the ghost talking to the adorable and hilarious grandfather! I loved Jason--he was cool for "the rich guy", and as mentioned above, Holly was such a fun character. 4/5 stars.