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Estelle: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: October 2, 2012 Publisher: Walker Children’s Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, popularity, secrets, superstitions Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: For a person who is always prepared and fighting to excel in just about everything, Mia is […]

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October 18, 2012 - 8:00 pm

elena - looking for little signs from the universe is my LIFE but i don’t know how accurate it actually is. i’m sorry this didn’t quite make the emotional impact you wanted but great review! <3

October 15, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The fact that Mia looks for signs everywhere was the thing that drew me towards this book – I love doing that on occasion, or trying to reinterpret things in my life as “signs”. And it did sound like such a great story! I’ll probably still read it, but at least I’m going in forewarned about the lack of breakthrough in Mia’s journey.

October 14, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Tara - Sigh… you know how I feel about this one (as it’s the same way you feel). I had high, high hopes for this book and sadly, it just fell short. I think a few tweaks in the major story lines could have made the book great, but they just didn’t happen.

October 14, 2012 - 5:22 am

VeganYANerds - This one sounds interesting, I definitely want to read it but I know I will probably have mixed feelings, too!

October 13, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Kristen Evey - Hmm… this may or may not be one that I’ll read. I’m drawn to the cover (I have this thing for dandelions), but judging from what you’ve said about it I’m just not sure if it’s the book for me. I totally agree with you. I don’t care if the characters are similar to me, but I want to see them learn and change and grow throughout the story. The fact that she is looking for little signs from the universe intrigues me though. Maybe I’ll pick it up if I see it at the library. Great review Estelle!

October 13, 2012 - 6:04 am

Lori - Yes, yes, yes to everything you said! I’m so happy to see that I’m not the only one that felt this way. I just didn’t like Mia much and I loathed her friends. I really wanted to see her come to some great realization about her life, but alas.

October 12, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Estelle - I’m glad that you had some of the same feelings as I did. I felt like I was beating myself up over how and why this didn’t work for me. There were some little details I really liked (like the beach at the winter scene and the almost end) but… you make some really great points about how we lean on men for their “protection”. It’s a genius idea that I didn’t even start to think about. Maybe Mia almost felt more trust for men because the relationship with her mom was so shakey? It’s possible. Hmm…

October 12, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Estelle - I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts. It’s a shame because I think some tweaks structurally could have made this book very moving… and it just wasn’t there.

October 12, 2012 - 9:21 pm

April Books & Wine - I liked The Probability Of Miracles, so I think I’d dig Send Me A Sign.

I’m sorry Mia didn’t do it for you and that the breakthroughs kind of weren’t there. Alas.

October 12, 2012 - 11:05 am

Jamie - I just finished this one and felt pretty similarly! Like I really enjoyed it but I was so frustrated with some of her decisions and I SO wanted her to also have a girl friend to lean on during this time. Putting everything in the hands of one person (especially when it’s a guy) is not a good idea. I mean I could kind of identify…when my mom was sick it was so much easier for me to let a guy be the one I went to. You kind of feel safe with them..like they can protect you..even though clearly they could have done nothing about the cancer growing in my mom’s brain. SO on one hand, I could identify but I really was hoping she would open up to somebody! AND I agree with you..I loved that little parts with some of the nurses. I just felt so SAD for her that she wouldn’t tell people and had to really go it alone.

Great review! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who had thought I’d be emotionally somewhere else with this novel but didn’t end up there.

Estelle: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (Tweet!) Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 224 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: eating disorders, New York City, friendships, mother/daughter relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Meet Sethie, a high school senior, living in New York City and doing anything she can […]

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August 11, 2012 - 11:15 am

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August 1, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds really interesting. I like that you pointed out that the author handled the subject in a way that stood out and was different from what has been done before – it makes me curious enough to give this one a try, despite the tough subject it tackles.

July 30, 2012 - 11:58 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Very nice review! Just read this myself and I agree on a lot of things here. I actually felt lost in the first half of the book reading it in the third person. I felt a little too on the outside and didn’t see myself making connections with anyone until halfway through. I really liked the growing friendship between Sethie and Janey (I agree, totally had my doubts about Janey at first too!) – And I also liked to see a side of eating disorders and body image that isn’t so extreme. I’ve actually seen a few of my friends go through this so the topic was extremely relatable and not overdone at all.