You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin That – Review

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Series: N/A
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published November 9th 2021
Genres: Romance, Magical Realism
Pages: 304
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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.

Following Julie after she loses her boyfriend in a car accident. Somehow for some reason, she magically gained a final opportunity to speak to him, but only through phone calls! She has no chance of saying goodbye, but she is far from ready…

This book totally gripped me from the very beginning, I just absolutely loved the premise! Somehow Julie’s phone can connect calls with Sam, who died. Her phone doesn’t work for anything else anymore but that, but she is over the moon with having a bit of him back and so doesn’t care.

She ignores a big part of life for those phone calls, and what was but a way to say goodbye, turns into a new kind of obsession, that she doesn’t want to lose.

Everyone grieves differently and Julie’s way is to get rid of everything connected to Sam and just ignore any of it happened. Obviously that brings a ton of complications, from people saying she is responsible especially because she doesn’t look like she is grieving, to losing trust with friends.

I personally never had the chance to grieve and I am lucky enough to only have one person in my family die so far, so I have no idea how I would take it, other than I would go probably kind of overboard nuts, knowing myself. So, I definitely couldn’t connect in that aspect with the main character, but that didn’t make it any less beautiful and emotional. Not a full on crying book, but definitely touchy in a way that makes you think of life and how short and unfair it can be.

I love that the MC has a second chance, this book is what the world should be made of.

What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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