The following is an honest review of You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao and my suggested age rating.
Julie is seventeen, a senior, and has her future all planned out with her boyfriend. Everything is perfect, until he dies. Heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief Julie skips his funeral wishing she could talk to him one more time. Out of heartache she calls him and he answers her call. Julie now has a second chance at goodbye, but she also is falling in love with him all over again.
Review of You’ve Reached Sam
Like the rest of the world, as soon as I heard of this heartbreaking book I had to go buy it. You’ve Reached Sam is a book that focuses on grief and how it can impact your hopes for the future. There is a lot of emphasis in this book about how you do need to deal with grief to move on, but also how dwelling on the past won’t help the future. In general and for a debut novel, I thought this book was beautifully written.
Going into You’ve Reached Sam I had no idea it was set in Washington State. The small town they live in, is in fact real and not too far from where I live. I’ve heard people talk about how our main character Julie is unlikeable, but I don’t think the point of this book was a charming main character.
Overall I think this was a beautiful book (including the cover)
I gave You’ve Reached Sam 5/5 stars on Goodreads
Age Rating of You’ve Reached Sam
I am giving You’ve Reached Sam an Age Rating of 13 and up. There is mild language, romance, death, and grief.
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