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Publisher's Summary

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

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Debut?

It is so hard to believe this is a debut album. i have read a variety of romance , fantasy and YA novels. This was different for me but I couldn't put it down. A tremendously great book. Hoping it becomes a movie.

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Best story

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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kind of predictable

was an okay book. didn't blow me out of the water but I enjoyed it

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I can't get past the narrator

This seems like an interesting story and I looked forward to the premise of it. But the narrator speaks in such "tortured" tones, even when speaking about every day, simple tasks. It's too much, too unnecessary, so I must return this title. I'll have to buy and read the physical book, I guess.

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How could you not cry

This book is a very emotional piece of art. The story just breaks you but gives you hope at the same time. It makes me wish I was given the opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one, one last time like this. It’s like you grieve with her and experience all the love and pain with them. And it’s cool that it’s based in Washington since I’m from there. 1000/10 I hope this becomes a movie or a show one day!

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Beautiful

What an incredibly moving debut novel by Dustin Thao. Highly recommend although I have to warn you that you will ugly cry!

To say that Soneela Nankani understood the assignment would be an understatement. She went above and beyond with the narration. What an incredible performer!

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IM GONNA KMS ITS SO SAD PLS IM SOBBING AT 2AM I DIDNT THINK ID CRY THIS MUCH BUT THAT LAST CHAPTER OMG IT KILLED ME

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amazing book

this is a great book if you like sad romance books it interesting and it kinda paints a image .

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so very sad

if you need a good cry this is the book! It regret sadness lost love ❤!

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  • 02-16-22

Struggled to finish it

Really disappointed with this book. Nice concept but followed a very boring and predictable storyline. The characters were one dimensional and it was difficult to feel anything for them. I was waiting for something interesting to happen but it never did.

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  • Yoav Sagi
  • 12-25-21

You have to read this

I cried the whole time, I’m in love with this book. It’s a new favorite❤️❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-22

Disappointing and difficult to finish.

The premise of this book was interesting and in the beginning it seemed like it was going somewhere. However, I found that the storyline wasn't going anywhere (perhaps purposefully, to make us feel that the main character was stuck in her grief). It became quite boring.
I also found the characters to be one dimensional and even annoying at times (especially the main character). This book gave me a constant feeling that it could culminate into something meaningful but it never did. Also, there were some plot points that were either rushed or dropped altogether.
Overall, I was disappointed because I feel like it had a lot of potential. I would definitely check out future works from the author though!

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  • 02-28-22

DNF

I didn’t enjoy anything about this book. It just didn’t sit well with me.

I didn’t care for the characters and felt there was plot points missing and inconsistencies.
I also found it hard at times to tell when characters were speaking, the inflections and tones also didn’t match the conversation at times and sounded weird.

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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