Title: Signs of You
Author: Emily France
Publication: July 19th 2016 by Soho Teen
Format: Finished copy in Hardback
Source: Provided by the publisher
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 a finished copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Signs of You is a book that can’t be shelved into a single category. It’s a mix of a lot of things that it needs it’s own genre. And you will never really know what to expect with this one.
When I first saw the cover of this book, I actually thought that it was YA Contemporary – Romance, little did I know that it’s far from that. I’m quite surprised to see this book in the #ThrillerThursday line up but still decided to give this book a go. (As if it’s a tough decision! 😛 ) I instantly wanted to find out the mystery that envelops the plot as to why Riley, the main character, and her friends have visions of their loved ones that were long gone. It didn’t take long to pin down what was behind their sightings but it’s only the beginning of what they’re about to discover. It’s by that time that I realized why the book’s title is “Signs of You”.
I really appreciate the amount of research the author did for the “spiritual” and historical aspect of the story and how she turned her inspirations into something imaginative with the blend of history and fiction. The writing style was spot on too. I love how it was free flowing and easy to follow + the awesome chapter titles! The characters were equally incredible, I’m glad that they weren’t neglected with such a unique plot.
All in all, Signs of You is a book that will touch your heart. Yes, it had some “thriller” in it but like I said, it’s a mix of a lot of things; it deals with friendship, family, high school, slight romance, grief and more. I guarantee that this book is something you haven’t read before and you definitely need to pick it up!
Book description and cover image from Goodreads