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You've Reached Sam

Dustin Thao



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Pan Australia
09 February 2022
How do you move forward when everything you love is on the line?

A heartfelt novel 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 have a second chance at goodbye?

Praise for You've Reached Sam

'You've Reached Sam is a hauntingly remarkable debut. Dustin Thao gently weaves grief, regret, second chances, and the honestly beautiful moments we carry from a first love. Every tear you shed reading this book will be worth it.' - Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running with Lions

'If you like your contemporaries with a tiny piece of magic, this emotional YA is perfect for you.' - BUZZFEED
Imprint:   Pan Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   312g
ISBN:   9781761261190
ISBN 10:   1761261193
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dustin Thao is a Vietnamese-American writer based in Southern California. He graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Political Science, and is starting a PhD program at Northwestern University. He writes contemporary young adult fiction. You've Reached Sam is his YA debut.

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