You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Young Adult

You've Reached Sam: A Novel by [Dustin Thao]

This is the story of Julie and Sam. They started dating when she moved to town. For three years, they were together. Then Sam dies. Julie is having a hard time with her grief and at a low point, calls him on the phone. She is surprised when he answers. Through these phone calls, Sam and Julie help each other deal with what happened.
I was lucky enough to get an audio and ebook copy of this book from Net Galley. The narrator was excellent and conveyed emotions well. Being able to both read and listen to the book, I was taken back to when I was in school. It helped to enhance my opinion of the story.
Overall, it is a very tough topic. No one wants to hear about teen’s deaths. However, this book was done very eloquently and with sensitivity. While some scenes are blunt for how they show teens reacting to the death, Thao conveys the emotions in the scenes and the driving force behind said emotions. This is a great book, especially for someone dealing with a loss in their own life. It may help them through the cycle of grief.
Many thanks to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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