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Friday, September 28, 2012

Review: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult5 Comments

Review: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany SchmidtSend Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
Published by Walker on 02 October 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Also by this author: Bright Before Sunrise

Place(s) Traveled to: East Lake, Pennsylvania

First Line: Hillary looked up from her phone, squinting at me in the afternoon sun before she pulled on the sunglasses perched on her head.

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In the essence of full disclosure I feel as though I should mention that this is a hard review for me to write not because I didn’t like the book (because I did) but because I am friends with the author. That book bully that I mention all too often on this blog, well, that’s Tiffany Schmidt. The same Tiffany who wrote this book and the same one that I feel lucky to call a real friend and not just someone I chat with on occasion via Twitter. That said, you should also know that no matter how much I love and adore Tiffany if I didn’t like her book I would say so as I’m all about being honest with my thoughts on books….sometimes brutally so.

I would also like to mention that for most of Send Me a Sign the book hovered between a 3 and 4 star rating. Mia was a little too clueless and annoying sometimes with her consent need to read some sort of sign out of every minor thing that happened. And her mother! If ever I could smack a fictional character she’d be one of the ones that would get that honor. Her attitude was enough to give ME a complex so I can only image that part of why Mia is the way she is, is because of her mother and her uber high, crazy expectations about being perfect. Don’t get me wrong, the parents in Send Me a Sign aren’t your typical barely there evil horrible parents. They are good people and you can tell that they love Mia but sometimes the way that they go about showing it is a bit misguided.

Mia’s friends were also a bit hard to deal with at times and were all pretty stereo-typical mean girls. They were hard to like and I often wondered why Mia put up with them. Especially when she was going through so much herself. The people that managed to get me through this story were Ryan and Gyver, Mia’s boyfriend and her BFF next door neighbor. Though there were times I wanted to shake all of them as well. Seriously. This was a book that I’d find myself eye-rolling over and shaking and wondering why the characters couldn’t see what was right in front of them.

So with all these things that I mention that annoyed me you are probably asking why on earth did Send Me a Sign end up with a 5 star rating. The truth is, it was the ending. Endings  can make or break a book and this was an ending that I loved. So much so that it just turned this entire story around and made all those crazy annoyances not matter. It made my heart ache (in the good way) and just gave me the warm fuzzies. Oh, it wasn’t a perfect ending and it might have been a wee bit cliched but as it hit all the right notes for me I just didn’t care. What I hated was that the book did end and that I had to say good-bye to these characters…even the ones that annoyed me. Its a story in which I hope that there is a companion book one day just to see where everyone ends up.

Send Me a Sign was a well written and well plotted debut novel. Its a book that I am glad that I read. Because truth be told I wasn’t sure I would for a couple of reasons the one I mentioned above that I am friends with the author and the other because its a cancer book. Cancer books are hard for me to read but as I knew beforehand that it was I was able to prepare myself for it. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad because Send Me a Sign really wasn’t about Mia’s illness. Yes it was there and ever present but it was more about her coming to terms with things outside of her control. With Mia learning to accept that you can’t always predict what will happen because of a song on the radio. Its about friendship, love, and acceptance. Send Me a Sign is a book worth reading…so you should go get on that if you haven’t already.



5 Responses to “Review: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt”

  1. bermudaonion

    It is hard to review a friend’s book but you did a great job. Author’s need to pay attention to their endings because it’s the last impression you take away from a book. I’m glad this one left you with a good impression.

  2. Sarah

    While I did like this book, I am just not as wowed by it as other people. I thought it dragged on too long and frankly, thought Mia should have gotten some courage and talked to her friends. It really frustrated me how long that storyline went on for.

    • Irish

      I too think Mia should have told people earlier that she was too dependent on signs…but I also think her mother shoulders some blame there too in making her feel bad about her illness and being very judgmental about appearance and perception. I did not like Mia’s mother AT ALL.

      But there are also cases where people do hide their illness from others so while I wish she’d told people earlier it didn’t feel dragged out to me.