Wherever You Go by Heather Davis.
Harcourt Childrens Books
Publication Date: November 2011
List Price: $16.99
Review: Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? Well if you're Holly Mullen, it's your dead boyfriend, Rob. Holly is an everyday girl who is just trying to help her family in their tough times. Suddenly, her life changes. Her amazing boyfriend Rob dies in a car crash. Holly is devastated, but somehow finds a way to carry on with her life. But when her Alzheimer stricken grandfather comes to live with her, life gets harder. She has to take care of him and her younger sister every second. To make matters worse, Holly's grandfather keeps claiming that he is seeing this mysterious person named Roberto ….
Ever since his best friend died in the crash, Jason has just wanted to find some comfort in his life. He has never missed anyone so much. His mom and dad are divorcing, and his other friend Mark hasn't really been there for him. Jason wishes he could talk to Rob and get his advice. Then, he finds Holly. He knows that she was Rob's girlfriend but that doesn't matter to him. Holly is everything that his old girlfriend, Faith, wasn't. Jason believes he has found his soul mate. He will do whatever it takes to keep this one ray of sunshine from disappearing.
Life is hard and so is death. Rob wanders the earth, wishing someone could hear and see him. He spends his days watching his family and friends. But one day, Rob's cold silence changes. A man in Holly's house can see and hear him! They have long talks every day in Italian. After a while, the man, named Aldo, asks him what he is still doing on Earth. Rob is surprised. He never thought about that. Together, Aldo and Rob team up to finish Rob's unfinished business so that he can find the light.
Wherever You Go is a great story to read. It is the heart-breaking story of one's struggles after the death of a friend. The book tells everything through the eyes of young love. It is a story about a young person who has died and another who barely survived a tragic accident. Although the book is a little slow at the beginning, it comes through in the end. The author really shows that it isn't easy to lose a loved one and that maybe it isn't easy for the one who is lost either. The book is so wonderful I almost cried at the end. It is just an unbelievable book. From the format of the story, to every period at the end of every sentence, Heather Davis tells the story in an interesting but sentimental way. The book really shows the true beauty of the light that so many people want to reach.
Review written by Abigail (6th grade student).
We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Wherever You Go for this review.
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