Sunday, October 14, 2012

Book Review: Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn’t expect to look for was: “Will I survive cancer?” It’s a question her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose. From debut author Tiffany Schmidt comes a heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting story of one girl’s search for signs of life in the face of death. (From Goodreads)

Best Bits: This book was phenomenal. I tend to read books fairly quickly, but this one I finished within a couple of hours. I couldn't focus on anything else, I had to know what would happen to Mia. I'm happy to say that the book doesn't waste any time before Mia finds out that she has cancer (honestly, I'd rather not wait 50 pages when I already know it's going to happen). Watching how her family reacted was really interesting, too. They each attempted to cope in their own way and it directly impacts Mia. There was quite a bit of drama at the end, but the love triangle (yes, there is one) is done well. Of course, it made me cry. I think that most readers have known someone who has been diagnosed with some form of cancer, and for me this book book gave me a look at what it's like to be on the other side. A fabulous, and emotional read. 

Nit Picks: I wanted a bit more time with her friends after they realize what's happening to her. Mia makes the choice to keep it a secret from her obviously it's going to be revealed. I understood why her friends reacted the way that they did, I just think that it would have been a bit more believable to have more time between the anger and the understanding. 

Send Me a Sign 

By Tiffany Schmidt
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers
384 Pages
Received for Review
Rating: A


Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds great. I love the cover.

Vivien said...

I've been wanting to read this one for a few months now. Sounds like a lovely read :)

Unknown said...

Oh, I've been wanting to read this! Thanks for the review, it was great :)

SarahO said...

I'm glad that you liked this. The criticism I keep reading about this book is that Mia comes off very selfishly and it's difficult to read because of that. I don't know if that's necessarily the worst trait to have in this situation, but from what I've heard it can become quite grating. Gives me hope that your review didn't focus on that aspect. I think that, especially in an issue book, readers interpret behaviour quite differently, so I can't wait to read and form my own opinion.

Ana Death Duarte said...

This book seems to be one to be read with a good mood because of all the emotions that seem to be running in the story, but also seems so good by what you said. Wow! Reading it in a couple of hours O.o

Zemira said...

Great review!

I requested this book on NG but didn't get it. Hope I get the chance to read it soon.

GillyB said...

Ooh! This sounds great!

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