Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wherever You Go by Heather Davis

Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
Release Date:  November 14, 2011
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books

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. - Goodreads.com

You just had to love Holly from the very first page.  This is a girl who does everything for her family, and rarely asks for anything for herself.  She's had tragedy in her past, the loss of her boyfriend that she loved, a family life with her mother that seems less than ideal.  Then her grandfather comes to live with them and has Alzheimers.  The thing is, she cares for him so diligently and so well, and yet it was never really discussed that she would do this.  It was just expected.  Even when others suggest that her grandfather could use some outside help, her mother refuses, leaving this entire burden on her.

The bright spot in all of this is caring, adorable Jason, who truly loves her and cares for her, and by extention, her family.  He's the kind of guy that makes you think, "yeah, nice guys can finish first."  He does everything he can to help her, is so patient with her as she still struggles with her love for Rob, her dead boyfriend, and his loss.

This was one of those books that just touches you.  It was quietly emotional and just curls into you, leaving you with a warm and hopeful feeling in the end.  I would highly recommend this book.  It was emotional, sweet, and endearing.  I've never read any of Heather Davis' books before, but I will be keeping an eye out for them in future.

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