You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Book Review #520

Title: You’ve Reached Sam

Author: Dustin Thao

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Magical Realism

Format: e-ARC

Source: Netgalley

Publication Date: 304

Pages: November 2, 2021

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.

You’ve Reached Sam is a story about grief, loss and prolonging to say goodbye to a loved one. It has been way too long since I read a book that has impacted me so much emotionally that it made me cry so hard. It really is such a beautiful story but so painful at the same time and this book deserves all the hype.

Everything about this book is utterly beautiful and heartbreaking. I think pretty much everyone can predict what will happen at the end yet somehow I was still caught off guard. It was the at the last chapter when something unexpectedly happen that I was just begging everything to burst free. I didn’t expect the tears to flow so freely which is so unlike me. I mean, I was warned but I wanted to experience myself first but they were right after all. It totally made my heart break into a million pieces.

There’s just something about the author’s writing style that I find so remarkable. The plot is not something new and not that out of the ordinary yet it is such an amazing read. I would totally want to experience it firsthand all over again where I didn’t know what awaits ahead of me.

I wouldn’t want anything changed at all with this book. It is absolutely perfect as it is and I read an advanced and unfinalised copy. I am definitely going to read it again once it comes out in November and see if anything changed but I really hope it will remain as it is.

I am undoubtedly going to be screaming this book to everyone and shove this book in everyone’s faces. I cannot recommend this book enough and make sure to prepare yourselves with tissues because it is a hundred percent will make you cry.

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