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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054750151X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547501512
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eerie and sweet, haunting and real — a ghost story of love in its many forms: the kind that binds, and the kind that frees."—Laini Taylor, National Book Award finalist for Lips Touch: Three Times

"This ghost story gently delivers growing emotional power as it explores the thoughts of three teens, including the ghost. . . . Poignant and eventually quite moving."--Kirkus Reviews "A welcome addition to the shelf of YA books that deal honestly with grief. Without sugarcoating, it achieves a melancholy sweetness that is becoming a hallmark of Davis’s work."--Publishers Weekly "This tale is a comfortable read for those who want more than a pink-covered romance or a melodramatic storry of loss, neither cotton-candy light not three-hankie dark." — School Library Journal "A truly touching story." –Seventeen.com

"Conversations about love, life, and death create a poignant connection between a life not quite lived and one in its final moments."--Bulletin

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Heather Davis is the author of the young adult novels Wherever You Go, The Clearing, and Never Cry Werewolf. In addition, she's published two werewolf novellas -- Sometimes by Moonlight and Always in Shadow.

Heather loves writing empowering, transformational stories where anything is possible. She lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

Visit her at www.heatherdavisbooks.com

Customer Reviews

This is truly unique, but adds a unique and wonderful element to the story.
Jessica McKelden Cave
And while I had a love-hate relationship with the rest of the characters I think that this book really gets you thinking about duty and love, family and friends.
Krista Cubicleblindness
Another thing that I didn't like about the book was the swapped point of views from three different people involved with no heading to the switch.
A. Jacobs

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica McKelden Cave VINE VOICE on September 19, 2011
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It's hard to describe how much I loved this book. It's a little fantastical, a little paranormal, a lot emotional, and ridiculously wonderful.

This is the story of a girl whose head is just barely above water. Holly's boyfriend died last fall in a horrific car crash. Her mother is always working. Her sister is in need of constant supervision. Her grandfather joins their family when his Alzheimer's gets so bad that he can't be left alone. She has one friend at school and it seems like everyone else hates her. She has feelings for her dead boyfriend's best friend. It just can't get worse.

Her family is charming and wonderful, even when you want to scream at them in frustration. Her mother is just trying to keep her family afloat, even if it means working several jobs and spending little to no time at home. Her little sister has a good heart and is very lucky to have Holly there for a great role model. Her grandfather sinks farther and farther into the disease, descending where no one - except the ghost of Holly's boyfriend, Rob - can communicate with him. They're well-written and very realistic.

The teenagers in this book are also well done. You hate some of them, you can't help but love some of them, especially Jason, who can only be described as head-over-heels in love with Holly. He's so sweet, and despite the huge difference in their lifestyles, you definitely have to root for Holly and Jason to get together.

The ghost element was interesting. I admit that I was a little worried about this part, but Heather definitely pulled it off. It was subtle enough that you didn't feel like it was an overwhelmingly paranormal novel. In fact, Rob's parts were some of the most emotional in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader VINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
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I found "Wherever You Go" a tough read. Holly is seventeen, her boyfriend has died in a car accident, and her world is coming apart at the seams. She's supposed to be in therapy, to deal with Rob's death, but her mother still relies on her to watch her younger sister, cook dinner and keep the household running smoothly. Holly's grandfather is suffering from dementia, and as he can no longer take care of himself, her mother decides that Grandpa will move in with them, and that adds yet another responsibility to Holly's daily workload.

Holly is being watched over by her dead boyfriend, who is jealous of his best friend Jason's burgeoning interest in 'his' girl. As Jason and Holly grow closer, Rob has to rethink his life and his actions, and wonders if things would be different if he could talk to those he left behind. This is not your standard 'ghost boyfriend' type book, since Rob cannot communicate with the living, at least not initially (and to say more would probably be considered a spoiler).

What made the book so difficult for me to read was Holly's situation. She acts as a parent to her sister, she is the 'wife' to her mother (cooking, cleaning, shopping), she is the caretaker for her grandfather, and she is overwhelmed. The sad part is that this is not an unusual situation in today's society. "Wherever You Go" works on many levels-it's a comment on teens having to grow up too fast, taking responsibility for one's actions, the problems caretakers face, and the necessity of asking for help when you are overwhelmed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobs VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
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Wherever You Go was supposed to be a heartfelt and sweet book about love lost, love gained, and emotional turmoil. It indeed had all of that, but at times it was drawn out and dull.

I had a really hard time getting into this book. The first half of it is so slowly paced that I could have read an entire other book while waiting for something interesting to happen. Once I was about halfway through the story though, it did start to pick up and start to capture my interest. Another thing that I didn't like about the book was the swapped point of views from three different people involved with no heading to the switch. Most books that are told from different points of view have a chapter header at least telling which characters head we are in. This one just used little symbols and I had to keep back tracking in the story to figure out whose head I was in.

The saving grace of this book is definitely Holly's Grandfather. He added the soft and caring touch that this book needed. He is also the only one who can see Holly's dead boyfriends ghost, Rob. He made the story heartbreaking and touching at the same time.

Would I read this story again? Probably not. Would other readers enjoy the book? Probably. This is one of those books that you just have to read for yourself to know if it was a great read or just a mediocre read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 10, 2013
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I liked this book. The writing was flawless, I never found an awkwardly written phrase. The characters were great, and while the subject matter was depressing, the book ends on a hopeful note.

I was reluctant to begin the book because I thought I would dislike the whole "ghost" aspect. But for a story with a ghost, it didn't seem too far fetched. At heart, it's a story of a hard-working teenage girl forced to grow up too early. Holly already has to be a pseudo-mother to her younger sister, Lena, but when her mother moves her Alzheimer's-patient grandfather into their apartment, Holly's stress multiplies. Add to that the fact that, at only 17, Holly has already experienced the tragic death of Rob, the boy she loves, from a car accident that almost killed her, too.

Rob's friend, Jason, has always like Holly - even when the rest of his and Rob's friends were just pretending because she was with Rob. He reaches out to Holly and she is skeptical of his motives. After Jason does a series of nice things for Holly, including helping her fulfill some of her sick grandfather's wishes, Holly starts to let him in. Jason is almost too good to be true. Events happen and we wonder if Holly will get to be happy. I won't spoil anything here.

I highly recommend this book for teens and adults. Readers who have suffered the loss of a teenager or are caring for someone with Alzheimers will find it especially poignant.
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