• You've Reached Sam

  • A Novel
  • By: Dustin Thao
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (409 ratings)

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You've Reached Sam

By: Dustin Thao
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
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An Instant New York Times Best Seller!

Dustin Thao's You've Reached Sam is a heartfelt audiobook 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?

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books

©2021 Dustin Thao (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Dear Listener,

What inspired me to write this story?
"The premise of You've Reached Sam has been with me for a long time. It's something so many of us have thought about at one point in our lives. What if you had a second chance to say goodbye to someone you've loved and lost? What would you say to them? What might they say back? It took me years before I sat down to think about these questions, and I definitely had someone in mind as I wrote it. The world is filled with lost moments. Sometimes we don't get the opportunity to say all the things we needed to. I know I didn't. It's one of the reasons I wrote this story. You've Reached Sam is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. It's a story about a girl named Julie who loses her boyfriend and calls him to hear his voicemail—but he picks up, temporarily reconnecting them. I hope you follow Julie's journey through this strange hole in the universe as she navigates the complexities of grief and moving forward. And I hope it gives a new perspective on love, life, and what it means to say goodbye." – Dustin Thao, writer of You've Reached Sam