by Emily France
Title: Signs of You
Author: Emily France
Publisher: SOHO Teen
Format: Paperback, 240
Release Date: July 19th 2016
Synopsis: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.
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
To describe this book in one word is impossible. Signs of You, covers a variety of different book genres - contemporary, mystery and magical realism all twirled into one FANTASTIC story.
If you're someone who also enjoys history, this one might be for you. Emily France, takes a non-ficiton story and turns it into an eye catching YA novel that had me hooked from the first line. The premise of this story is unlike any YA book out there. I found myself completely engaged with the story and lives of every character. You felt the hurt and anger between the different griefs everyone was dealing with. I loved seeing how strong the friendships were. And how they were able to find each other through a difficult time in their lives. The middle of the story was probably my favorite. Ever time I told myself, "okay, this is the last chapter before bed." Something interesting happened and I couldn't look away. The mystery aspect of this book had been just enough to have the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! Wondering if there's any sort of romance? Why yes! By all means, this isn't a romance book, but the growing connected between the two characters was so well done. I believe if this book started with full blown romance, it would have taken away from the true meaning of this story. Everything truly fell into place, and was so organic Signs of You, is a story that won't be forgotten. I am deeply moved by it in many ways. It shows the beauty of one's strength to move forward in life after a loss. That it is okay to hurt and be angry, but to know that we can move on in peace is even more uplifting. Emily France, debut novel is not one to miss!