eARC Review – You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

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Title: You’ve Reached Same

Author: Dustin Thao

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: November 9th, 2021

304 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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. 

Review

You’ve Reached Sam will rip your heart out in the most amazing way. I cried throughout this whole book, to the point my husband was urging me to put it down multiple times. But I couldn’t, because it was so emotional and captivating. I don’t know what I did to be so thoroughly destroyed by Dustin Thao, but I’m ready to do it again with whatever else he writes.

Told in present day, with some flashbacks, this story follows Julie as she tries to recover from losing her boyfriend in a car crash after having their whole life planned. And, she thinks it was her fault – along with a lot of her school. But when Julie tries to call Sam’s phone just to hear his voicemail, something amazing happens. Sam picks up. And Julie can talk to him whenever she wants – but there will be an end date. Together they work on putting Julie’s life back together and working through her grief.

Like I said, you will find this book to be extremely sad. That’s the point, it starts from the very first page. It’s a fantastic conversation around grief, especially as a teenager and trying to find your place in the world. The epilogue is beautifully written and brings closure for the book. I wish there was some closure with Sam’s friend group and some other small pieces that could have been wrapped up tighter, but overall it was fantastic. A full 5 stars from me.

Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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