SST July: Signs of You by Emily France | Review + Giveaway

Posted July 10, 2016 in review / 0 Comments

SST July: Signs of You by Emily France | Review + GiveawaySigns of You by Emily France
Published by Soho Teen on July 19th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 240
Source: Edelweiss
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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 they’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 hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’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 Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Signs of You completely took me by surprise. It was raw, surreal and wow, magic. Just magic. I’m not sure if this book is under fantasy genre, but for some reason, I don’t think it fits in that genre. It seemed too real to be categorized as just fantasy. Sidenote: This book is not under fantasy, I just checked.

This book was amazing and beautiful, and it lets us look at grief in a completely different way. Even though I did not bawled my eyes out, I felt like this book just ripped my heart out open. I have a feeling that those who lost a loved one would relate to the characters in this book. I know I definitely did, and I so wanted it to be real. I wanted the stories in this book to be so real so badly.

This book delved in religious aspects, and I have to admit that being an Islam, I was a teeeeny bit uncomfortable reading about Christian stuffs, but I was thoroughly into this book up till the end. I almost read this in one sitting. Almost, because my Kindle died in the middle of the night and I was too scared of the dark to look for my charger. It gave me more insight into the theories in the religion, and the mystery part got me excited, looking around for the clues, trying to figure out what just happened.

I love the main four characters, and even though this book was only written in the first-person perspective by one of the characters, I felt like the author take the time to actually let us get to know the other main characters, and I grieved with them, cried with them, laughed with them throughout this book.

I would definitely recommend this book to the mass of people out there, whether you’re seeking for some closure, or just mainly curious. Read it.


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About Emily France

Emily France graduated from Brown University before going on to law school, where she was the editor-in-chief of the law review. She finds creative inspiration in all things spiritual, from sitting with Benedictine monks for 4 a.m. vigils in a Rocky Mountain monastery to trekking to Buddhist and Hindu temples in India. Now she writes full-time and lives with her husband and their fearless Tibetan Spaniel in sunny Colorado—the closest place to Nirvana she’s found. Signs of You is her debut novel. Visit Emily online at and follow her on Twitter @EmilyFranceBook.

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