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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book Review: Send Me a Sign

NOTE: I got this book as an ARC, read it as such, but now it was published October 2nd. So, now you can all read it.

The book I'm reviewing is called Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt. It's about a girl, named Mia, who gets cancer but doesn't tell any of her friends.

Now, normally, I don't read Cancer books. The protagonist dies or loses someone close to them and there's a sobfest and people know what it truly feels like to lose someone. And I hate those stories. I prefer to root for my characters and I can't do that if they die. I mean, I didn't read a whole book just for you to kill a character I probably love off.

I decided to read it anyway, challenge my typical read. I decided to keep my expectations low. Not that I had heard bad things about the author (it's her debut) but because I naturally keep my standards high and add that to reading a book that's not in my wheelhouse? Yeah... no.

But then, it happened.


Like, seriously. There were many wonderful things about this book. So let me tell you about all of them.


One of the things I loved was how I related to Mia. Mia is a popular cheerleader who has a football player wrapped around her finger. Let's just say books are my friends.

So when I actually found myself relating to Mia, I was really surprised. You know what that means, good writing. In real life, I probably wouldn't even talk to Mia. But in this book, due to the fantastic style of Schmidt (that should go viral), I was sobbing at the end.

Another thing I loved was the names. Sometimes characters have these really common names and I nearly have to force myself to read the books since I prefer the characters to have names unique to them. Or maybe it's the story behind them allows that to be an e. Like there's a character named Gyver, after MacGyver. According to a meeting I had with the author, it's based on that her husband wanted to actually name heir son MacGyver.

The last thing I'm going to mention that I loved about this book was the complex but perfectly understood messages that Schmidt captured perfectly to the reader. Like how when something goes wrong, they try to salvage whatever they can control. Or how parents have expectations of you that you sometimes just can't live up to (and maybe how you just think they do). And that sometimes, we need to face a huge difficulty to know who will truly stand by us.

I definitely recommend that you read this book. Hell, I give it two snaps and a twist.

Until later,


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