Sunday, April 1, 2012
Review: Wherever You Go
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.
I was really excited to read this book because I was in the mood for something a little...laid back in the paranormal department. The story did involve a ghost but he certainly wasn't the main focus of the book which was a nice change.
The main character in the book is a teenager named Holly but it was also told in the POV of Rob (Her dead boyfriend) and Jason (her current boyfriend who was best friends with Rob). I do like when books are told from 2 people's perspectives because I find myself liking the characters more, but 3 was a little too much. Especially because the only thing labeling the change of POV were symbols. It always took me a few paragraphs to realize who's head I was in.
I didn't have any big problems with the characters (Except for Holly's mom who was too mean and annoying) but my favorite, by far, was Holly's grandpa Aldo. Who knew that I would enjoy reading about an old man? But he was so sweet and brought the entire story together. The themes of love, trust, and loss were all brought out in his character and reading about his story was a tear-jerker.
One thing I really didn't like about this book was the dialogue. It was so cheesy and unrealistic that I found myself rolling my eyes at some points. "Dude" was tossed around way too many times. Sayings like "That's crap" and "I can't deal right now" were said too often. When Holly was talking to the school counselor she said "I'm sorry, Mr. Croft. It's been a really shitty week". It just doesn't seem at all like something a high school girl would say to her counselor after meeting with him only once before.
Anyway, Wherever You Go was a really touching story about loss and love that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It was sad but inspiring, the romance was very well paced, and it was one of those books that left you thinking about it even after you've read the last page. If you love paranormal but are up for a nice contemporary romance to change things up a bit, then I definitely recommend this to you.