How do you move forward when everything you love in on the line?
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.
I knew full well that I was signing up for a tragic love story,
and that's exactly what I got. So now I am here to warn you: This
book will absolutely make you cry. Make sure you've got a box of
tissues handy, and I mean a full box.
--NPR.org This young adult novel's enthralling premise and gorgeous, manga-style cover art promise an emotional ride. Thao does not disappoint. You've Reached Sam punches directly in the chest during countless moments that hit right on target. --Associated Press "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 will 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 Thao skillfully marries a quiet, elegiac novel about grief with a provocative sf conceit. A poignant and moving read. --Booklist Have your tissues at the ready when you dive into Dustin Thao's emotional novel You've Reached Sam.
The writing is captivating and beautifully done, immediately drawing readers into imaginative and well-developed scenes. [A] beautifully written exploration of grief... You've Reached Sam is an impactful debut. The question at the center of the book and the paranormal premise combine to create a narrative full of heart. --The Young Folks A heart-breaking story of grief and loss, You've Reached Sam is a YA magical realism read about healing and moving on. --Young Adult Books Central ...this debut novel will draw readers in and shatter their hearts in the best way. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books A heartfelt story about love, loss, and grief, Dustin Thao's bittersweet novel You've Reached Sam will likely make you shed some tears. --Culturess A touch of magic, first love and loss, this is the story of romance and heartache. --SheReads You've Reached Sam is a quiet exploration of grief and the ways in which we cope with losing the ones we love too soon. If you're in need of a good, cathartic crying session, this one's for you! --The Nerd Daily