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You've Reached Sam

You've Reached Sam

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I will also add that with regard to the experience of grief and the expression of feelings, I can only speak to my experience. Teens who have lost loved ones and who might relate to Julie and Sam on a more personal level would be advised to approach You've Reached Sam with caution. I heard someone broke into his garage the other week,” I say to relax her. “That’s probably the reason for the cameras.” we've got a whole lot of cheap cliches going on here. one-dimensional bullies who are mean for no realistic reason! dramatic fight with said bullies! closeted friend who we discover had a secret gay crush on sam! the trope of casually chatting with a mysterious stranger, only to find out they're a celebrity later on! julie's extreme guilt about sam's death (but for some reason that stops being a thing and is never resolved??)! thao had a lot of ideas, but they're all jumbled together, and none of it feels real. I readjust the box that’s starting to feel heavy. “Mom—we’ve never owned a lawn gnome,” I say. Thankfully. “And we also don’t collect vintage sports cars.” I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

This… had so much potential. The premise made me believe that this book had the markings to be a five star read. The plot sounded absolutely amazing. However, the execution failed on so many levels that I don’t even know what to say. I think that my biggest problem with this book is that, in my opinion, this sort of premise and this sort of topic are too good to be dealt with in a YA setting. The story should have explored themes of death and grief but given the fact that this is intended for a younger audience, the author barely delves into these topics, which was this novel’s biggest downfall. Like a lot of other reviewers, I'm sad to say that I was also disappointed as it didn’t really live up to my expectations of a mystical and, though heart-breaking, still a fulfilling read. It made me wish that they didn’t compare it to Kimi no Nawa because I think it ended up hurting this book more. I did still enjoy 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. The characters were all great, but there wasn’t a lot of layering or development. They were pretty flat.The loss of Sam impacts Julie’s whole community, and she doesn’t realize until she begins talking to him again that she’s withdrawn not only from his family but from her other friends and even her own family. At first the calls seem to help her regain her feet and process her emotions. Eventually, they morph into something else, though. And it becomes more and more clear that the calls can’t continue forever or be an alternative to saying goodbye.

That voice, it’s faint and raspy like the murmur of the ocean in a seashell, but Julie knows that voice like her own. She’s heard it a thousand times on this very phone. But it couldn’t be … Sam? For Julie, just meeting and falling in love with Sam Obayashi was impossible. All the pieces had to fall together perfectly for it to happen. But it happened. In her moment of grief, Julie called Sam’s number, wishing to hear his voice one more time. The voice that answers her shouldn’t be real. Sam shouldn’t be able to answer the call and talk to her like nothing happened. But he was, and Julie never wants to say goodbye. Hellooooo, it's me. I was woooondering if afterrr all these years you'd like to meeeeet. Sorry, the opportunity was too much to miss.

you know what would be crazy, if I rewatched Your Name for the 100th time and then read this book. I wonder how hard I'm going to cry. I’m learning that…” I say, resting my head against the window. “Don’t put too much effort into things. You’ll only end up being disappointed.”

A universe where a teenage girl doesn’t get a second chance or an extension on her homework because the teacher thinks that she didn’t have a convincing enough excuse as to why she forgot about the assignment… by that point, Sam has been dead for a week and a half. Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This did not affect my opinions in any way. That’s a bit pessimistic,” my mother says. “Sure, life ends up more complicated than we want. But you figure it out.”You've Reached Sam is a fantastic debut. It is an emotional journey, that will having you crying, laughing, then crying again. And again. I cried a lot.

A story about grief. A story following a teenager who just experienced the first real traumatic event of her life.Sam suggests the connection is simply an emotional force that “gives them a chance to say goodbye.” Goodbye isn’t something, though, that Julie can easily say. She stretches the string of calls out as long as possible. The rest of the characters as previously mentioned, didn't do much for the story, and I would've loved for it to be otherwise. Alas, not all happily ever afters are possible.



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