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If I Stay meets Your Name in Dustin Thao's You've Reached Sam, a heartfelt novel about love and loss and what it means to say goodbye.
Seventeen-year-old Julie Clarke has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city; spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.
Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his belongings, and tries everything to forget him. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces memories to return. Desperate to hear him one more time, Julie calls Sam's cell phone just to listen to his voice mail recording. And Sam picks up the phone.
The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam's voice makes Julie fall for him all over again and with each call, it becomes harder to let him go.
What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye?
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Love hurts—and heals—in Dustin Thao’s heartfelt debut. When her boyfriend, Sam, is killed in a car crash, 17-year-old Julie lashes out, trashing all evidence of their love and the future they had planned together. But then a strange, otherworldly connection allows Julie to speak to Sam on the phone, and she discovers how to finally take stock of her complicated emotions and say goodbye. Thao sensitively captures the raw, raging nature of grief and the all-consuming feelings of first love. Through flashbacks of Sam and Julie’s romance, including their super-realistic conversations, the author gives us a strong sense of their life-altering relationship. A powerful tale of teen love and loss, You’ve Reached Sam is a beautiful and cathartic read. Make sure to have a tissue box at hand.
In Thao's uneven debut, white high school senior and aspiring writer Julie Clarke must find a way to navigate her future after the death of her Japanese American boyfriend, Sam Obayashi, a big dreamer and music lover who died tragically one night while on his way to pick her up. After skipping his funeral and getting rid of most of his things in an attempt to move forward, she calls his phone one last time and is stunned when he answers. Though Sam only knows that he's "somewhere," he is sure that if he ever calls Julie and she doesn't pick up, their connection will end forever. Thao smartly keeps the logistics vague, effectively depicting Julie's grieving process and her attempts to balance staying connected to Sam while being present for friends for whom his death is final including Sam's cousin Mika and best friend Oliver. While some secondary story lines one exploring Julie's mother's paranoia and another involving Sam's younger brother are underdeveloped, the unique premise and authentic depiction of grief holds plenty of appeal. Ages 12 up. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary.
I saw this book on tik tok and have been meaning to read it for quite some time. It was amazing and beautiful and brilliant. It's the first book that has ever made me cry with it's ending and reading it was an absolute delight.
The cover of the book already caught my eye. Such a beautiful story! I’m still sobbing!
I bawled like a baby.
The emotions I felt reading this book was insane. I managed to finish it all under two hours and thirty minutes…it is an amazing and heartbreaking book. Please read it. I recommend it to everyone.