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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.
I’m sad to say that I didn’t particularly enjoy this. You’ve Reached Sam was, without a doubt, a very emotional and thought evoking book. Even though I didn’t love it, I can’t argue with that. That said, I didn’t care much for the characters. I do, admittedly, often struggle with books about grief. If I Stay was not the one for me. I thought this one sounded a bit more like something I would enjoy, though. I was wrong.
This is very much an “it’s not you, it’s me” reaction to this book. It was well written, and certainly enjoyable for the right audience. I just couldn’t get connected to the characters or care about their relationship, and therefore I didn’t care about the grief.