October 29, 2021

You've Reached Sam Review

Title: You've Reached Sam
Author: Dustin Thao
Style: Magic Realism, Young Adult
Rating: 4/5

"There are so many moments I wish I could relive again.  Especially the smaller ones. The quieter ones that we often don't think about."

Julie's boyfriend Sam dies and she is overcome with grief as she navigates her life without him.  She picks up the phone and dials his number so she can listen to his voicemail message.  Julie is shocked when he picks up and she is given a second chance to say goodbye.

My Thoughts:
Heartbreaking, beautiful and haunting. This book almost broke me.  Thao beautifully writes a story about grief and how everyone handles it differently. The characters are crafted in a way that I could feel their pain and sadness though the words on the page. Each grieving in their own way. I just wanted to crawl into my kindle and hug them all.  The characters were raw, poignant, anguished and genuine. I loved the modern day magical realism aspect of this book with the connection Julie has with Sam and their ability to communicate through cell phones. While this book will rip out your soul and tear you to pieces it's one I highly recommend.

**Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the gifted e-arc in exchange for an honest review.  You've Reached Sam publishes November 9th.