You've Reached Sam: A Novel - book cover
Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher : Wednesday Books
  • Published : 09 Nov 2021
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN-10 : 1250762030
  • ISBN-13 : 9781250762030
  • Language : English

You've Reached Sam: A Novel

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

A 2021 Kids' Indie Next List Selection
A Best YA Book Of 2021
A Buzzfeed Best Book Of November
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Book

If I Stay meets Your Name in Dustin Thao's You've Reached Sam, a heartfelt novel about love and loss and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie Clarke 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 belongings, and tries everything to forget him. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces memories to return. Desperate to hear him one more time, Julie calls Sam's cell phone just to listen to his voice mail recording. And Sam picks up the phone.

The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam's voice makes Julie fall for him all over again and with each call, it becomes harder to let him go.

What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye?

Editorial Reviews

"If you like your contemporaries with a tiny piece of magic, this emotional YA is perfect for you." ―BuzzFeed

"You've Reached Sam is a hauntingly remarkable debut. Dustin Thao gently weaves grief, regret, second chances, and the honestly beautiful moments we carry from a first love. Every tear you will shed reading this book will be worth it." ―Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running With Lions

"Thao skillfully marries a quiet, elegiac novel about grief with a provocative sf conceit. A poignant and moving read." ―Booklist

COSMO.COM, "The Best YA Books of 2021"

"Have your tissues at the ready when you dive into Dustin Thao's emotional novel You've Reached Sam." ―PopSugar

"...this debut novel will draw readers in and shatter their hearts in the best way." ―Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"A heartfelt story about love, loss, and grief, Dustin Thao's bittersweet novel You've Reached Sam will likely make you shed some tears this Fall." ―Culturess

"A touch of magic, first love and loss, this is the story of romance and heartache." ―SheReads

"You've Reached Sam is a quiet exploration of grief and the ways in which we cope with losing the ones we love too soon. If you're in need of a good, cathartic crying session, this one's for you!" ―The Nerd Daily

"The unique premise and authentic depiction of grief holds plenty of appeal." ―Publishers Weekly