Genres: Young adult, contemporary, paranormal – ghosts.
Holly is still grieving after her boyfriend, Rob, died in a car crash six months ago. Unaware that Rob’s come back as ghost and is watching over her, she’s struggling to move on with her life, even though Jason is making it clear that he wants to get to know her. Holly is burdened by the amount of support she has to provide her family – her mother is working several jobs just to keep the family afloat so she’s never around. And to make things worse, her grandfather Aldo, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, moves in. When Rob realises that he can communicate with Aldo, it’s an opportunity for both men to express their sorrow, and simultaneously help Holly.
Wherever You Go is interesting because it has a very contemporary feel to it. It’s about a young girl coming to terms with her boyfriend’s death and learning to love again, but it has the additional paranormal element. I cannot say I was particularly excited about reading it; I was apprehensive about how the ghost would fit into the story and whether it would come across as contrived. However, I had absolutely nothing to be concerned about because Heather Davis manages to make it seem effortless. Rob’s atypical presence serves a purpose and I also loved reading about his story.
The story is also told in a way I’ve never come across before: the alternating viewpoints consist of Holly in first person, Rob in second, and Jason in third. It sounds like it wouldn’t work, but it gave each character a stand-out voice. I thoroughly enjoyed the alternating narratives and empathised with the four main characters, engrossed with each course of events.
Wherever You Go is a beautiful story about moving on without having to forget the past. It surpassed my expectations.
This book was obtained as an eGalley from Harcourt Children’s Books.