Title: Hello, I Must Be Going
Author: Dyan Sheldon
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Young adult/teen, Contemporary, fantasy – supernatural
Book format: Paperback
Description: Sorrel had just turned eighteen when she was hit by a car. The day ofher funeral, almost all of those gathered at the graveside are wiping away tears.
The one person who isn’t crying – who hasn’t shed a single tear since the accident – is Sorrel herself. She stands several yards away and watches her three closest friends – Celeste, Orlando and Ruben – a thoughtful expression on her face.
DEAD DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN GONE.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This was a fun read with a brilliant message about staying true to who you are. Celeste, Ruben and Orlando have just been to the funeral of their best friend Sorrel, who was hit by a car after turning eighteen. The three of them miss their friend, and slowly get used to living their lives without Sorrel. But are they really living their lives? Sorrel doesn’t think so, and she’s determined to fix their lives for the better, before she truly moves on.
I enjoyed this book which was easy and quick to get into. It is told in the third person and begins with the funeral of Sorrel, before moving onto alternating between the three friends. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the three: Celeste, Ruben or Orlando, but still remains in the third person. Each of the teens has problems of their own, specifically parental problems. Celeste’s mother wants her to follow the path she’s chosen for her, Orlando’s father is very tough on him, and Rueben’s mother has problems which make it hard for Ruben to lead a normal life. The three of them struggle to cope but then a ghost Sorrel shows up, determined to fix them, and she has quite a lot to say for someone who is dead.
I don’t want to give away more of the plot but the whole story is good. It wasn’t a dark or very tense or gripping novel but felt more like a light-hearted read, something easy to read and get into, however it still dealt with some very tough subjects and in particular, the issues around parents who want to force their children to follow the path they choose for them. Each of the three friends has their own story and I like the way that all three of them conclude nicely, and how everyone’s lives ultimately end up. The story of Sorrel is a good one, I do like stories featuring spirits and ghosts and this one is actually quite funny, with Sorrel being an interesting character, I especially liked her wardrobe choices and how she pushes each of the teens in the end.
The ending is a good and satisfying one, with the last line being a brilliant conclusion. There isn’t anything very dark in this book and there is only a few uses of the s swear word. I do wish there had been more on Sorrel’s story with her parents, maybe for her to have a satisfying conclusion to her own issue with them, but apart from that this was a good and complete book and the lack of Sorrel’s own story with her parents doesn’t take away from the story in this book. Although it wasn’t the most exciting read, it was still a very good one and I do think I’ll give this another read. I think any teen or older will enjoy the book, although I don’t think it will appeal to children as one reviewer has suggested, given the things that are happening and the fact the characters are around eighteen and nearly adults.
Overall a great book and with a really good message about following your own path, being who you are and not doing what others want you to do. For that message alone I really like this book, it’s a message I would have liked reading when I was younger.
Do you like this book? Do you like stories with supernatural elements like this? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂