Monday, October 15, 2012

Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Send Me a Sign
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publication: October 2, 2012
By: Walker Childrens
4.5 STARS!

Here's a sign for you...make sure you have tissues close while reading this.

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 a question 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.

Thank you Netgalley and Walker Children's Books for this e-galley. I read this in one sitting, staying up until 1:30a.m. in order to finish it, something I almost never do.  It's well written with engaging characters, but make no mistake, this book will break your heart and ugly crying may ensue. Your reaction may be more severe if you happen to know kids who are battling the same kind of cancer as Mia. (Talk about a "sign".) 
Mia Moore is obsessed with "signs".  She looks for them in anything and everything making life choices based on what she perceives as an answer.  The problem with this way of thinking is that is doesn't account for coincidence nor does it allow her to see what's right in front her because she's so focused on seeing what she wants to see.  Finding out she has Leukemia completely blindsides her and sends her into a tailspin of questioning her life, family, friendships and the validity or her "signs".  Mia is surrounded by lots of people who care about her but Guyver, her longtime BFF and neighbor is the only person she tells at first.  She fears that if her friends or her would-be boyfriend, Ryan knew, then everything would change because they might treat her different.  The problem is, everything already changed the minute she received her diagnosis.

I liked Mia but there were times she drove me crazy, especially where Guyver was concerned.  It's so blatantly obvious how he feels about her but she somehow manages to miss that "sign".  She worries too much about what other people think and her Mom is to blame for that. Their relationship is one that revolves around perfection and Mia struggles with how her cancer has marred that facade of her life. Most of the time her mother seems to worry about how Mia's cancer is affecting her.  She's incredibly selfish and many times I wanted to smack some sense into her.
Mia's friends are oblivious to her condition throughout much of the book and...

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