Release Date: November 14, 2011
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Age Group: Young Adult
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 Gois 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.
My Thoughts: The story starts out introducing us to the main characters. There is Holly who is very responsible. She had a boyfriend named Rob who died in a car accident. She was also in the car. Than we are introduced to Rob who has been lingering earth as a ghost. Than comes along Jason. Jason is Rob's best friend and likes Holly. We are also introduced to Holly's family; her mother, sister, and grandpa. Her grandpa has Alzheimer's and has come to live with them. He can also see Rob!
Wherever You Go started out interesting enough. I enjoyed seeing Jason fawn over his feelings for Holly and watching Rob get emotional about this! He figures that's his girl and best friend, they shouldn't like each other! I also thought Holly was very mature about everything and the way she handled things. I also liked reading the conversations between Rob and Holly's grandpa.
Throughout the novel I wanted to see Jason and Holly end up together but it just didn't feel right. Even their feelings toward one another, something was just off for me.
By the middle of the book, I started to get bored and just wanted something to happen already. Jason was a very likable character but I never got the feeling of emotional attachment to him like I do to some boys in YA novels. The spark just wasn't there for me. The way everything tied together at the end was a nice fit.
This book was a very interesting concept to ponder.
Overall: Wherever You Go is a unique novel but I just didn't like it as much as I hoped. When I first heard about this one I was thrilled, thinking it was going to be so outstanding and a bit of a love triangle (love those) but I was left feeling let down a little bit when I was finished. I'm not saying its a bad novel but it just wasn't fully great for me.
Cover: The cover is alright. I don't really like it that much. But I'm also not a big fan of green so that could be why.
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