You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao book review

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao book review

If I Stay meets Your Name in this heartfelt novel about love, loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie 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 things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever. 

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My Review

DNF (Did not finish reading). The story had a lot of potential but it honestly wasn’t going anywhere. There was no point or goal to the story at all. The whole story is about the MC talking to her dead boyfriend while she just went on with her daily life 🤷🏻‍♀️. I don’t usually DNF books but what made me do it was (if you are interested in content read “spoiler” which really isn’t that of a spoiler anyway) 

.spoiler below! You’ve been warned :s

….that a character was homosexual. I was getting red flags from the beginning when the “dead boyfriend’s” guy best friend started acting wierd with the dead guy’s girlfriend, saying how she smelled like him when she wore one of his shirts and then proceeding to act all eek. And then him telling her how she hated her for so long because she stole him from him 🙄….. pls note the “dead boyfriend” was straight so….

Also, there are a couple of swear words throught the book and a lot of instances God’s name is taken in vain.

Yeah, kinda sucks because it sounded amazing and that cover is gorgeous but oh well.

I’m sure I shall find some other amazing books to share with you all soon 😊❤️

*I recieved a free copy of the book from the publisher and all of the beforementioned thoughts are my own and weren’t influnced by the author or publisher*

About the Author

Dustin Thao is a Vietnamese American writer based in Chicago. He graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Political Science, and is currently in a PhD program at Northwestern University. He writes contemporary fiction, and his debut novel You’ve Reached Sam will be published November 2021 with Wednesday Books.

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