Release Date: October 2, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: NetGalley
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.
Every once in a while you read a book that you’re just completely torn about. Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt was that kind of book for me. I liked it but sometimes I felt a little like pulling my hair out.
This might sound weird but I like cancer books. I like sad books in general so Send Me a Sign sounded right up my alley. Except right from the start I wasn’t sure if I’d like Mia. I kept waiting for that point when I would warm up to her but it never happened. She’s a popular, rich, entitled girl who just happens to get cancer. Cancer does not change her personality. She remained the entitled rich girl the whole entire book. She made these crazy ridiculous decisions! But man did they keep me turning pages. See? Torn!
I can’t remember the last time I got so frustrated by a book. I sighed so much that my husband asked me what was going on. Something about Send Me a Sign is so readable though. I did enjoy the plot. Keeping cancer a secret? That sounds impossible, right? Well I had to keep reading to see how it all unfolded. Even if I did strongly dislike all the characters except for two.
Those two character were Ryan and Gyver. They were definitely the highlight of the book for me. It’s kind of a love triangle but not the typical kind. It’s one of the rare ones that works. I loved that Tiffany Schmidt made me fall for Ryan even though I didn’t like him much at first. Gyver was great too but I think Ryan was a little more charismatic for me. I pretty much just adored the boys and the whole romantic angle of the story.
So although, I had really mixed feeling about Send Me a Sign there was still plenty to like. If you’re put off by the ‘C’ word, don’t be. It’s not a sad book.