I’m a little sleep deprived while I type this up, but I just finished reading Wherever You Are by Krista and Becca Ritchie and I have a lot of feelings about this book that I want to share. This was the most beautiful, perfect conclusion to Willow and Garrison’s story.
This book continues the back and forth timeline of Whatever It Takes – watching as Willow and Garrison continue to solidify their friendship while navigating the gradual slide into fame and being connected to the Hales, Meadows, and Cobalts in the past; as they navigate a long distance relationship, family and friend dynamics, and more fame.
Wherever You Are was filled with the perfect blend of love and angst. It was a perfect emotional roller coaster that I’d ride ten times over. Willow spent a lot of this book struggling to find her place. Her title as a sibling changed so much in the span of only a few years and as she drew closer to some family members, she found herself isolated from others. I can’t imagine what that must be like but she is such a courageous character (such a Gryfinndor) and she was determined to make the most of what relationships she did have. She grew into a much more confident character by the end of the book and if I was impressed with her journey in the last book, then I was just brimming with pride by the end of Wherever You Are.
Garrison also had such a journey in this book. Oh my goodness, I truly love Garrison Abbey, and this book firmly solidified him as one of my favorite characters from Krista and Becca. After removing himself from a toxic relationship with his own family, he really starts to practice a little more self-love. He learns to accept his past actions but tries to not let them affect his future as much as they used to. Plus I just love the tenderness between him and Willow, especially in the past. Willow is pretty timid when they meet and eases herself out of her comfort zone slowly. Garrison’s been thrown from his comfort zone with too much force and respects the boundaries that make her feel more comfortable. When they had a conversation about this, I swooned so much.
Both Whatever It Takes and Wherever You Are have timelines that overlap with the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series. It was so great to be able to read some of the scenes from those books in Willow and Garrison’s point of views. It makes this whole universe are a little richer. I adore the Core 6 and it’s a fresh, new perspective on their stories that I’m grateful we get years after their series ended.
I loved these two perfectly imperfect characters. A rebel neighbor who, deep down, is a good guy and protects those he really cares about. A wallflower girl next door who hides in the corner at parties but travels across the country, the globe by herself to find herself. They are both contradictions and opposites but they are also perfectly imperfect together and I am so glad that we got to read their romance. I’ve said it a lot already, but I am truly thankful to Krista and Becca for finding time in their writing schedule to share this story with their readers. I didn’t know how much I needed to read Willow and Garrison fall in love until I had these books. If I could give this all the stars in all the universes I would, but I guess a 5 star rating will have to suffice.