Published by Soho Teen on July 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, paranormal
Source: ARC tour, Free for Review
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Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and theyÂ’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.
When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasnÂ’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why heÂ’s become so skeptical and distant.
When Noah disappears, Riley fears sheÂ’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to JayÂ’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and JayÂ—which have become clear only in NoahÂ’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one sheÂ’s lost.
I have a bad habit of reading the first sentence or two of a book description and then deciding what the book is about. This works for me 90% of the time. Usually I’m a good predictor and I’m right more often than not. I failed big time with Signs of You
When I first picked this book up, I thought it was a thriller. I was under the wrong impression. This story is not about a girl who sees the mother she thought was dead out shopping. Then the girl doesn’t discover that the mother she thought was dead was actually alive all along. This is not at all what this book is about. This book is not a thriller.Â And that’s ok! That doesn’t make this book any better or worse, it just means Â I wasÂ misinformed.
As I was reading this book and desperately backtracking my expectations, I realized I had no idea what this book is. Most books fit into a genre box but I couldn’t place this one. It is almost contemporary, but it has paranormal and magical elements. It’s almost a romance but itÂ not quite. It’s kind of a paranormal story but it’s not 100% that either. With every page of this book I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. Since the genre of this book is so unexpected it made the plot unpredictableÂ as well.
I really liked how unpredictable and unexpected it was. I really had no idea where this book was going at any point in time. I liked how the book kept me guessing.
At the same time, I didn’t like how the book felt a little scattered. I wanted this book to have a real villain and a conflict but it didn’t. The characters solve a mystery and then everything pretty much ends. The conflict in this book is internal, rather than external and I didn’t enjoy that either.
If you like contemporary novels, you will probably like this book. If you don’t, you might like it anyway.