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’m not going to lie, what first attracted me to Signs of You was first the cover and the synopsis. Who doesn’t like a story that people who are grief stricken start to see their dead loved ones. It gives a contemporary (not my cup of tea) just enough mystical elements that I couldn’t give up the opportunity to read and review it for you today for the Saturday Street Team Tour! So without further ado here is the review! I absolutely love dividing reviews into highlights and give you as the reader of my reviews the ability to see why I gave each star that I gave it and the reason why I didn’t give certain stars. Easy peasy right?
What I Liked
I absolutely loved the paranormal element and how it slowly built throughout the book. The characters didn’t figure things out (you know how sometimes one character is just TOO smart). I hate this aspect in some mysteries and I loved how drawn out and twisty and turny the reveal was!
This book was well researched. While I think that at times the religious aspect of what was going on was a little much you can tell how much the author absolutely did her research on the St. Ignatius aspect of the book. I always love when I can see a writers research and how well thought out an aspect of the book is. Kudos!
I loved the father daughter aspect of Riley and her father. As a daughter who was raised by her father it really hits home that relationship. While at times it was a little corny I can absolutely tell you that is very realistic to how it goes. Imagine having to have the time of the month conversation with your dad but have it be your entire teenage life. AKWARD.
What I Didn’t Like
I took a half star off because it took me awhile to become engaged with the characters and I felt frustrated at how long it was taken me. The reason why I took only a half star off for this one is because I think that it was completely subjective to me. I don’t read contemporaries and for the most part prefer a lot of action in my book (even for character driven novels) and I feel like contemporaries are….slower? I’m not sure how to explain this one but, hey, it’s what it is!
While I took a half star about how slow it was and I DID say above that I loved the mystery, throughout the majority of the book I couldn’t help but feel bored by it at times by how un-action packed the whole mystery was. The idea of a religious relic and a saint and possible curse is freaking awesome but unfortunately it fell a little dry at times. UGHHH my dueling personality with this book!
The final aspect of the book was the romance. Now, it could be considered romance light and it didn’t overshadow the story but I feel like there didn’t need to be an ounce of romance in this book. But, again this is my subjective nature when it comes to certain things and if you like light….light romance you’ll probably love this!
When it comes down to this I absolutely enjoyed Signs of You. Even though I did find some faults with aspects of the story most of them were subjective to me. I could see while reading this how people would love it! I was kept going by a need to know what was happening to these characters and that is completely awesome to me. Most times if I have an issue with the plot it is one of the first things that makes me not like a book (I’m a pretty fickle reader). Believe me, anyone who loves contemporary with a little paranormal mystery will LOVE Signs of You. Yes, you reading this. Read it.