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Send Me a Sign

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,810 Ratings  ·  259 Reviews
Mia is the quintessential high school A-lister: popular, non-exclusively dating the captain of the soccer team, extremely high GPA, everything Mia's mother has ever wanted. When you have everything good going your way, you have everything to lose. After Mia finds out she has leukemia, she feels like everything she has achieved will slip away from her. So she decides to kee ...more
Published October 1st 2012 by Walker & Company
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Laura Newcombe
= cancer
= cancer

...I'm never wishing on dandelions again.
Sep 25, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly by: Courtney
I am not a fan of cancer books, and neither is Mia. So when she's diagnosed with leukemia, she hides it. She doesn't want to be cancer girl. She wants to get through that first round of chemo then be her normal, happy, perfectionist self, surrounded by the girls she's been friends with and cheerleaders with forever.

But it's not that easy and can't be that easy. She's told one person her diagnosis: Gyver, the boy who has been her best friend and neighbor since the beginning of time. The boy who
Initial reaction: This is probably one of the few books on its subject matter that, generally, I was unimpressed with the presentation for. I don't know - I'll have to think over it with the possibility of upping my rating, but I wasn't taken with it.

Full review:

All right, I'll bite in discussing this book with a short and sweet review: I didn't like "Send Me A Sign" very much at all. There were very few redeeming factors about it and the protagonist came across to me as a self-centered brat who
Steph Su
I approached SEND ME A SIGN with the knowledge that many readers had high expectations for this book, though I didn’t really have any myself. What I got out of my reading experience was that this debut novel squandered a good opportunity to discuss cancer in eye-opening ways and opted instead to be a perfectly, irritatingly run-of-the-mill YA contemporary novel about high school relationship drama.

SEND ME A SIGN could’ve used Mia’s cancer diagnosis as an opportunity to reflect on people’s belief
This is on Netgalley! Just sayin'. :)
Send Me a Sign is a really good book that held my interest. Mia, the main character who is diagnosed with leukemia, decides to keep it from her friends. This turns out to be a decision that adversely affects her and her friends' relationships when they (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Kelly
Shelves: 2012
I really, really enjoyed this book--and I generally avoid 1) cancer books and 2) books about popular girls--especially from new-to-me authors (this is a debut). And Send Me a Sign has both. But, it was incredibly fresh and an emotional novel that surprised me.

Mia is a super popular cheerleader with a perfect life (seriously--in the first chapter, I was all, "I'm not sure I can spend 300+ pages with a super popular cheerleader, those girls hated me in high school.". Her friends has the perfect s
Molli Moran
Considering I cried my way through this book, fell in love with The Boy, and my heart is STILL aching in a good way...I think I loved this book.


Final review:

end Me A Sign is one of those extremely rare books that took me beyond the mere act of reading a story, and actually propelled me into the story itself, until I felt like I was living the events taking place. I clicked immediately with Mia; who of us hasn't searched for a sign to tell us which direction to go, how to make the right decis
Mrs. S
Let's acknowledge, first things first, that Send Me A Sign is a novel with cancer in it. But it is not a Cancer Novel. It is a novel about a Person with cancer, not a person with CANCER. So those of you who, like me, grew up morbidly fascinated by novels with titles like Time to Die My Love Who Is Dying or Mommy Don't Go And Die Because It Is My Turn To Die Too Young: this is not the kind of book you think it is.

Mia has cancer. Mia also has a near-perfect GPA, a spot on the cheerleading squad,
I could never resist picking a dandelion gone to seed, and I couldn’t resist the beautiful simplicity of the cover of SEND ME A SIGN, either! The summer between Mia’s junior and senior year is supposed to be the best time of her life, but instead of partying with her cheerleader friends and soccer star boyfriend, Mia ends up in the hospital battling leukemia.

But SEND ME A SIGN isn’t just a story about cancer . . . it’s about fighting for control over your life, about friendships, secrets, omens,

There's no time wasted, tossing us right into Mia's world, getting to know her wonderful, sort-of-perfect life. Really, her life is as good as it gets for a teenage girl. She’s got a dedicated group of friends, known as the Calendar Girls (each one gets a season, rather than just one measly birthday). Summer Girl Mia does great in school, has a good relationship with her parents, and there’s the yummy boy that’s really into her, Ryan. Not to mention, she’s got Gyver, the sweet next-door neighbo
It's official, Gyver Russo is my favorite male character ever!!!!!!!!! When this book started out, Mia's life was perfect. she had a perfect boyfriend, the best friends, more that great grades and popularity. That all suddenly changes when Mia gets diagnosed with leukemia. As you may know from the synopsis, she decides not to tell anyone except for Gyver, her guy best friend. And the story starts from there. I loved this book, it was great and my only complaint is that she didn't hook up with Gy ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Claudia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stupid-heroine


Oct 29, 2012 Liana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book but it was exhausting. It was really long and felt really long. There was a point in the middle where I just hated everyone for a long time. Then it came back to goodness. The beginning was great. There was a lot of tension and drama and sadness and it felt real. But then it got really soapy... which is interesting for a cancer book. I didn't feel like it tried to be lofty. Mia buckles under her lies and she takes a big crash. But I thought her friends were way too shallow an ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012
I was worried this would be a Cancer Book. I am a bit of a hypochondriac, and I’m convinced reading all those Lurlene McDaniel books about dying girls as a teen broke my brain a little. But guess what? SEND ME A SIGN is awesome. It’s funny and bittersweet and swoonworthy. Mia is far from a tragic heroine; she’s scared and sad and sometimes she makes bad choices, but they aren’t stupid choices; I always understood why. She’s also engaged in a fantastic love triangle – one of the best I’ve read, h ...more
Oct 05, 2012 ExLibris_Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always a little hesitant to read books that confront issues like life changing illness because it is so easy to either be completely depressing or preachy. However, Send Me A Sign was neither one of those things. What I found was a story that was sad, yes, but also funny, romantic, honest and hopeful. Tiffany Schmidt's storytelling really brought me into Mia's life and showed me the contrast between "before" and "after". I was especially interested in Mia's mother, who will probably annoy a ...more
I really dislike cancer books. To me, many of them are too dramatic and incredibly predictable – for instance, in some of the books, it seems incredibly obvious that one of the characters will die due to cancer. While I have liked a few books that deal with topics of cancer, such as Before I Die and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, most books in this genre I tend to avoid.

However, I very much enjoyed reading Send Me a Sign. Why is this? At a glance, it seems like a typical story about a girl dia
Mar 06, 2013 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

A unique and fresh tale on one girl's struggle through leukemia, Send Me a Sign will have you either sobbing or only lightly crying for the entire plot.

Given the fact that I haven't read many cancer-centered novels previously, I expected a flurry of emotions and feelings with no other reference. Fortunately, Send Me a Sign was just that. It was real and heart-breaking, watching Mia have to go through endless rounds of chemothe
Pyper at Reading Lark
Couldn't put the darn thing down. Read it in less than 24 hours. Cried at least twice but I loved it!

This book was especially poignant for me because my friend's daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer. It helped me get a glimpse into what they're going through with chemo right now.

I wanted to yell at most of the characters in this book "Give her a break! She's got cancer!" but I was happy to see that they worked thru their issues by the end.

Fantastic writing & believable characters. A
Oct 29, 2013 ♥Kel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings with this book. I liked it and i didn't liked it. What i didn't like was how Mia couldn't bring her self to tell her friends she has cancer and the "suspense" of her telling them dragged on too long, it made the story frustrating to read. I hated her mom, she just annoyed the shit out of me. But one thing i did love about it was the romance & friendship between Mia, Gyven and Ryan, i thought it was really adorable on how both of the guys took care of her through the proc ...more
Stacy Mozer
Oct 08, 2012 Stacy Mozer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Mia is diagnosed with leukemia her mom treats her cancer treatments like a trip to a spa. A month of chemo, and life will go back to normal. But cancer is Mia's new normal. And getting used to life with it is nothing like getting your nails done.

Make sure to read this one with tissues on hand. Mia is such a realistic character I wanted to pray for her. Instead I'll send my thoughts to anyone who is currently dealing with cancer. I hope we find a cure soon.
Star Frasier
Jan 12, 2016 Star Frasier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Personal response

I thought the book Send me a Sign was interesting because it described the feelings of a Leukemia patient. It described how a mperson feels to learn they have Leukemia during the summer while having fun with their friends. It describes the sadness of not being able to swim and enjoy summer.


The book started when the main character, Mia, learned that she had Leukemia at a check up. She began looking for signs to see if she would survive. She used her friends music as a source
E. Mellyberry
Jun 27, 2014 E. Mellyberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I can't worry about being your perfect daughter with 4.0 and pretty friends and popular boyfriend and fight cancer at the same time."

There are so many things I like here, the story, the writing style, the characters. It's rare that I love every character in a book, and I love everyone in here, even Jinx the cat, the nurses, and the mom. Eveyone is playing a role from the start, and it's very clear who is who and why they exist. No twisty plot.
I like that there's sexual tension between 3 teens,
Dec 16, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, reality
Truthfully, two stars is probably too harsh, but, in a case of its-not-you-its-me, I did not like this book. To be fair, it was well written and I do think many people will enjoy this book. However, this book made me want to create a characters-I-want-to-punch shelf. I pretty much hated every character in this book. Even Gyver, the character I was supposed to be rooting for, irritated the crap out of me. Its called communication Gyver, she is not a mind reader, you idiot. The only tolerable char ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Lizzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Best Bits: This book was phenomenal. I tend to read books fairly quickly, but this one I finished within a couple of hours. I couldn't focus on anything else, I had to know what would happen to Mia. I'm happy to say that the book doesn't waste any time before Mia finds out that she has cancer (honestly, I'd rather not wait 50 pages when I already know it's going to happen). Watching how her family reacted was really interesting, too. They each attempted to cope in their own way and it directly i ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Send Me a Sign was such a cute yet shockingly realistic portrait of what one might go through if diagnosed with cancer at such a tender age. I expected this novel to read like one of those Lurlene McDaniel books I frequently read when I was twelve, but it's not sappy and overly sad as I had predicted. Instead, this book takes a tragic situation and makes it a learning experience, a lesson in love and betrayal.

Alienating her friends was probably the worst decision Mia made through this whole batt
Dec 05, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, library, ya, romance
I absolutely loved this book!! Oh, where to start…..there’s so much drama, so many lies, romances, deceit, denial that I have to say this book is one of my favorites this year. So what is “the sign”? They are everywhere but they are telling Mia nothing. They are the four leaf clovers, the he loves me… he loves me not, the Magic Eight Ball, just to name a few. Life is going good for Mia the summer of her junior year: she’s popular, she’s smart and she is a cheerleader. What Mia didn’t expect was ...more
Kelly Hager
Sep 25, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mia has just learned that she has leukemia. All of a sudden, her carefully ordered life (she's popular and a cheerleader, with the perfect gorgeous semi-boyfriend) is up in the air. She decides not to tell any of her friends---except for her sweet next door neighbor, Gyver. But Mia's very superstitious and all the signs are pointing to not telling anyone else. do you battle cancer with no support system? Yes, she has her parents (and Gyver) but it's not the same.

This is such a fanta
Oct 15, 2012 Henrietta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mia Moore is a popular girl at school. She has good grades. She is on the cheerleading squad. The handsome soccer-captain is falling in love with her. Her mom is very proud of her. In her life, she has never really flat-out fail at anything. But when she is being diagnosed with cancer, Mia does not know how to deal with it. Should she share her medical condition with all of her friends at school? Can she pretend that nothing bad is going on with her health? Can she hide her pain from her parents ...more
I can only try to tell you how much this book irritated me. Don’t get me wrong, the prose and plot, and the pacing were all excellent. I didn’t see any major faults in the writing style, and it immediately captured my attention. And that’s saying something, because I don’t really enjoy reading books about illnesses and death, and even if they really did/do knock(ed) my socks off, there was probably some sort of wild journey I had while reading them. Send Me a Sign had a really good beginning, an ...more
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Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family book 1).

She’s found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.

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