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Publisher's Summary

Dustin Thao's You've Reached Sam is a heartfelt audiobook about love and loss and what it means to say good-bye.

How do you move forward when everything you love is on the line?

Seventeen-year-old Julie 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 things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at good-bye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.

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

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I love the story so much, to be honest i downloaded amazon prime for it, its a beautiful love story that made feel in love, made me laugh and made me cry…… aloooooot, to sum it up i loved it

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So the story itself was good not great. But I did really like the book. The last two chapters are what made the story overall good and would actually recommend but I didn’t feel as attached to the main character as I would’ve liked. I’m actually going through a loss of my own and the ending was the only thing I really connected with when it came to my loss.

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Please stop whispering the books

This is a neat concept but I was distracted by the constant whispering. I know the narrator is just following directions.

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  • 11-24-21

Intriguing

I loved this ! It felt as if I was watching a movie in my head. Its been awhile since a book made me feel like that however, my one annoying issue was the way the reader portrayed the male characters voices. It sounded too much like pre teen, hitting puberty little boys rather than supposedly 17-18 year olds. It was very off putting