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eBook Send Me a Sign download

by Tiffany Schmidt

eBook Send Me a Sign download ISBN: 0802728405
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 384
ePub: 1841 kb
Fb2: 1266 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Children's Books
Subcategory: Growing Up and Facts of Life

Tiffany Schmidt's, Send Me A Sign, had me both crying and cheering on her character, Mia. This book had everything I was looking for in a general fiction book. It had drama, romance and an ending that suited me down to the ground

Tiffany Schmidt's, Send Me A Sign, had me both crying and cheering on her character, Mia. It had drama, romance and an ending that suited me down to the ground. Mia was a girl who had it all - good grades, the best of friends and a life anyone would have wished for, but all that changed when she got diagnosed with cancer (leukemia). There was something great about reading about a girl who lived her life through 'signs' - even though some of those signs caused her to make stupid mistakes.

You look good, considerin. .They’d come from Meagan Andrews. She’d said them in the middle of history class. It was the second week of school, and I was finally relaxing into a routine.

Mia is the quintessential high school A-lister: popular, non-exclusively dating the captain of the soccer team, extremely high GPA, everything Mia's mother has ever wanted.

Except for us, right? Lauren asked. We’re not part of the crappiness. It didn’t matter; the first song that played would be a sign-and I needed something to point the way. Should I tell him? Could I tell him?

Except for us, right? Lauren asked. I rolled my eyes and Hil poked me with a purple pedicured toe. You guys know I love you-it’s the rest of this suckfest of a summer I hate. My phone kept beeping, but I didn’t feel like checking it. It was one of those afternoons where the weather was too perfect to take anything seriously. Should I tell him? Could I tell him?

Mia is always looking for signs.

Mia is always looking for signs.

Mia is the quintessential high school A-lister: popular, non-exclusively dating the captain of the soccer team, extremely high GPA, everything Mia’s mother has ever wanted. When you have everything good going your way, you have everything to lose.

Check out the trailer for SEND ME A SIGN by Tiffany Schmidt! Mia is always looking for signs.

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Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she'll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn't expect to look for was: "Will I survive cancer?" It's an answer her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose. From debut author Tiffany Schmidt comes a heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting story of one girl's search for signs of life in the face of death.
Comments: (7)
Xig
So. Confession.

I was slightly wary when I first thought about pre-ordering Send Me a Sign back in March 2012, because I've read a lot of books where the (young) protagonist's cancer diagnosis is handled in melodramatic and completely unbelievable ways.

Those books bugged me to no end, because they were completely untrue to my own personal experiences with the disease. I spent a lot of time wringing my hands and saying things like "but-but-cancer shouldn't define a person as a whole!"

However, the cover of Send me a Sign seemed lovely, and Tiffany Schmidt seemed absolutely lovely on Twitter, so I clicked the big "pre-order" button.

And man, am I glad I did.

Plot overview:

Mia is diagnosed with leukemia, but keeps it a secret. When she goes into the hospital for treatment - she hides her diagnosis from everyone but her neighbor/long-time friend Gyver.

As she continue to recover and deal with her recovery, she uses a series of signs to see if she'll make it through.

(Sorry, that's kind of a vague synopsis, but everyone else has summarized this book way better than I could!)

***

Story lines:

One of the first things that struck me about this book, was the fact that Tiffany Schmidt chose to have Mia make the unusual choice of not telling people that she's sick.

Generally, the medical-related YA books I've seen, seem to have had character tearfully confess their illness to others, and then have the bulk of their characters be defined by that confession for the rest of the book.

(While there's nothing wrong with this, it does seem to be a trend.)

Mia's decision may seem unusual, but it's actually very true to a lot of people who do get ill in real life. I know people who've hid their diagnosis because they were afraid of how others would react. And I strongly appreciated Tiffany's acknowledgment of that innate fear.

Plotting:

I know that some people have said that the book is unnecessarily long, but I personally felt that the book zipped right along. We're thrown immediately into Mia's world post-diagnosis, and she's almost admitted in the hospital immediately.

Her initial treatment is never prolonged or too overwhelming. We get a full sense of what she's going through, but not to the point where it becomes difficult, boring or tedious to read.

When she comes out of the hospital, Tiffany Schmidt does a good job of interweaving Mia's home life, with her school life/friends life. It's a well-rounded, well-plotted picture, and worked perfectly for me.

Characterization(s):

Mia's complex, and I love that about her. She's used to being pretty and popular, but she's also angry and frustrated now because of her illness.

She's watching the world around her change, and watching the people - including her mother - change along with it. Her characterizations felt very, very real.

Final verdict: Cancer is never an easy or fun thing to read about. But this is a book that handles the topic with dignity and grace, and I strongly, strongly recommend it.
Yozshunris
Please note, this review does contain a SPOILER!

I saw this book appear on a couple of Waiting on Wednesdays posts and made a mental note to check it out as I adore contemporaries and had a good experience with another cancer story earlier this year, which made me less nervous about reading something so dark. Then I was lucky enough to win a giveaway for a copy and I have finally had a chance to dig into it. I end conflicted with my feelings.

First I want to say that this book was very readable. It can serve as one of the reasons why I love to read contemporary as I easily found myself pulled along. The world was familiar: the way people live, attending high school, what a hospital is like. Although cancer is an element, there is a lot of romance, relationship drama, and even some lightness (there is also an unrelated absolutely devastating event in the book-SPOILER WARNING Mia has to put her cat to sleep) END SPOILER

I also really loved the start introducing Mia as one of the Calendar Girls with her three best friends-she is Summer and this is supposed to be her fun time before they start their senior year. Instead Mia ends up in the hospital, urged on by her mother to keep her cancer a secret. The only peer who knows is Mia's long-time best friend and next-door neighbor Gyver (short for MacGyver-the unlikely name chosen by his very sensible parents. I really hate that name). Of course the stress of keeping the secret weighs on Mia in addition to fighting the battle for her life. But I was okay with this conflict.

I was less okay with the romance aspect. Pre-cancer diagnosis, Mia had been sort of flirting with/hooking up with popular Ryan, easy-going, hot, fun to be with. When she returns to school, he still pursues her and is among the first to find out about cancer. He really steps up to the plate and tries to be supportive and commit to her despite her own lukewarm feelings. Because there is also Gyver, who was obviously in love with Mia; she was so freaking dense in regards to that. Her waffling over her feelings for the guys drove me crazy. Initially I felt bad about this because she did have cancer and was dealing with a lot but then I reminded myself that she was a fictional character so whatever. I can't hurt her feelings because she's not real.

Overall: Surprisingly fun to read and difficult to put down but some elements that left me frustrated.

Cover: Love the blue although I wish the flower was one where the petals could be pulled off as that happened several times over the course of the book.