Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her on-again, off-again soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. A sign that the summer before senior year will be the best one yet.Review:
But when Mia is diagnosed with leukemia, the only sign she wants to see is that she will survive cancer and still be the girl she’s always been—top student, top cheerleader, and top of the social food chain.
Until she’s better, Mia doesn’t want anyone to know she has cancer. She doesn’t want her friends’ pity. And she certainly doesn’t want to start feeling something more than friendship for the one person who knows her secret, her best friend, Gyver. But the sicker Mia gets, the more she realizes that not even the clearest signs offer perfect answers, an in order to discover what will happen in her life, she will have to find the courage to live it.
Ever since Send Me a Sign was announced back in 2011, I've been dying to read it! I adored the title, and while the premise sounded sad, I'm always up for a good emotional read. Thankfully, Send Me a Sign was an intriguing and heartbreaking book that captured my interest, as well as my heart, from the first page to the very last!
Send Me a Sign begins the story of Mia, a girl who's always had the best of luck. She has the perfect grades, the hottest kind-of boyfriend, and her best friends have her back to the end. However, everything changes when Mia learns she has leukemia. Suddenly, the summer before her senior year, the one that was supposed to be fun and spontaneous, promises nothing more than hospital rooms and chemo treatments. Mia knows she can't tell her friends when she herself can't even believe it is happening. So with the exception of her childhood best friend Gyver and her parents, Mia carries on the summer not telling anyone about her cancer. What happens, though, when everything starts to fall apart because of this seemingly good-natured lie? More importantly, what will happen to Mia? Only time and more pages can tell!
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the characters. I adored Mia from the start. I loved her little quirk with signs and fate. What I liked most about her, though, was how real Tiffany Schmidt presented her character. I felt her emotions were identical to ones any teen facing cancer would be feeling, and while I wasn't always the biggest supporter of her no tell policy, I could understand it. I also adored her friendship with Gyver who was my favorite character. Gyver was sweet and adorable and seriously, I loved every scene that involved him. I loved seeing how close he was to Mia as well as how he would do anything to make this scary situation better for her. He was just an all around great guy to say the least. The rest of the characters I had a love/hate relationship with. I didn't always like their reactions to Mia's cancer (especially when it came to Mia's mom's reaction) but at the same time, I felt it did a lot in making this book more realistic, because as Tiffany showed through Mia and her friends and family, you are never going to know how you're going to feel or react when you have cancer or when someone you love has it.
The plot in this was great! Tiffany did a great job of keeping the book moving with little plot twists and relationship changes. One of the aspects I enjoyed most was the every changing relationship with Gyver and Mia. As mentioned before, I adored Gyver, and whenever the potential came up for Mia and him to become something more, I was right there rooting for them. I also thought Tiffany did a great job with the cancer plot. It wasn't sugar coated. Instead, it took on a very realistic tone, as mentioned before with the characters. While sometimes it was hard to see all the pain Mia and her family and friends were going through, it did a lot for the book, in my opinion.
Schmidt's writing was also great! She did a fabulous job of creating the plot and characters. However, I will admit, I had a little bit of a hard time in getting into this one. It took two tries, but trust me, if you stick with it, it gets better and better as time goes on.
Heartbreaking as well as heartwarming, Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt is a fantastic addition to YA! I can only hope Tiffany's next book will be just as good, if not better!
Send Me a Sign (Amazon/ Barnes & Noble/ Goodreads) is now out!