Send Me a Sign

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Mia Moore has spent her life searching for signs. A sign she’ll fall in love. A sign she’ll make it into a highly ranked university. A sign that the summer before senior year will be the best one ever. But when Mia is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, the only sign she wants to see is that she will survive cancer. Until she’s better—meaning no throwing up, no hospital stays, and definitely no wig—Mia doesn’t want anyone to know she’s sick. And she certainly doesn’t want to feel more than friendship ...

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Overview

Mia Moore has spent her life searching for signs. A sign she’ll fall in love. A sign she’ll make it into a highly ranked university. A sign that the summer before senior year will be the best one ever. But when Mia is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, the only sign she wants to see is that she will survive cancer. Until she’s better—meaning no throwing up, no hospital stays, and definitely no wig—Mia doesn’t want anyone to know she’s sick. And she certainly doesn’t want to feel more than friendship for the one person who does know what she’s going through, her best friend, Gyver. But the sicker Mia gets, the more she realizes that not even the clearest signs offer perfect answers, and in order to discover what will happen in her life, she will have to find the courage to live it.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First-time author Schmidt gracefully incorporates weighty subject matter—a teenager battling leukemia—into an inspirational yet unsentimental novel about love, trust, and hope. After receiving her diagnosis, popular cheerleader Mia Moore—who obsessively seeks out hidden symbols and signs to determine her decision-making—faces two problems: surviving chemotherapy and following her mother's suggestion to keep her illness secret. Mia has already explained her condition to her longtime neighbor and confidante, Gyver, but his unconditional support doesn't make it any easier to lie to her girlfriends and her new boyfriend, Ryan. Pretending nothing is wrong is as taxing as her cancer treatments, and when Mia finally confesses the truth to Ryan and the cheerleading squad, their reactions are not what she expects. The dramatic physical changes Mia undergoes are honestly addressed, yet they are less in the forefront than her emotional transformation. Schmidt's heroine believably vacillates between stoicism and indignation as she learns to rely less on superstitious signals to predict her future and more on herself, taking charge of the matters within her control. Ages 12–up. Agent: Joe Monti, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Oct.)
VOYA - Victoria Vogel
Mia is a thoughtful, smart, beautiful, and popular teenager who seems to have it all, except for one thing—her health. When bruises start to appear regularly all over her body she is eventually diagnosed with a form of leukemia. She has always been someone who looks for signs in things to tell her what lies ahead—whether it is song lyrics or her horoscope. Now everything in her life is so uncertain that she becomes obsessed with signs. Her best friend, Gyver, is her confidante, but she is not sure if they could be more. She is hesitant to share her secret with her fellow cheerleader friends, so she must endure her struggles with the help of only Gyver and her parents, who are having a hard time dealing with her diagnosis. When she loses her hair and becomes so thin people wonder if she is anorexic, she must endure whispers and speculation. This is Schmidt's first novel, and it is a noteworthy one. Mia does not wallow in sympathy. Her fear of the unknown is palpable and her relationship with Gyver is touching and honest. Her search for signs in a chaotic world is a familiar concept to many individuals. While not groundbreaking, this is a moving and inspirational novel that teen girls will love. Reviewer: Victoria Vogel
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Teen Mia Moore has a history throughout her life of looking for signs. What sign could she possibly receive that will make the whirl of blood counts, hospitalizations, treatments, and explanations show there will be a future for her even in the face of an aggressive form of leukemia? She needs a sign to remain a top student and top cheerleader. The author confronts Mia's obstacles in her journey in a poignant way with love, hope, and grace. She shows how Mia keeps this diagnosis a secret even from her friends. Mia establishes her plan for this secret early in the story as she is leaving for a doctor's appointment to evaluate the bruised-like places on her skin. She counts the petals on a pink clematis flower beside the door of her home: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never told.... The compelling sign she receives is given on the last page of the story, and she feels it is "the very best sign." Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—It's the summer after her junior year, and Mia Moore is all set to spend it with her three closest friends poolside. School break is barely underway when she finds out that she has leukemia, and most of her vacation is spent in the hospital undergoing intensive chemotherapy. Always superstitious, Mia is constantly looking for signs to help guide her life. One of her pals comments that she hates hospitals, and Mia interprets this as a sign to not tell her friends about her illness. Her mother, who is having trouble dealing with the diagnosis, agrees with her decision. The teen elects to only confide in her oldest childhood friend and neighbor, Gyver, who spends his summer caring for her. When senior year starts, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep her cancer a secret. In a weak moment, she tells handsome Ryan. Both he and Gyver vie for her affection and Mia, barely coping with her illness and mourning the loss of her female friends, finds her life slipping out of control. Her decision not to tell her friends is somewhat unbelievable, as is their inability to recognize that she is seriously ill. While not as nuanced-or witty-as other stories of teens with cancer, such as Wendy Wunder's Probability of Miracles (Razorbill, 2011) or John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012), Schmidt's debut is compelling; it has heartbreak and tragedy, but hope as well.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A teen with cancer stresses out over all the wrong things. When Mia's diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, she tells childhood best friend and boy next door Gyver (yes, short for MacGyver) but not her kinda-boyfriend or her best girlfriends and fellow cheerleaders, the Calendar Girls (Mia is Summer). She invents an extended trip to visit ill grandparents as cover for her summer in the hospital and then does her best to fake it once school starts. Gyver's devotion—he rarely leaves her side all summer long—morphs into jealousy when Mia finally confesses the truth to Ryan, who proves himself pretty devoted, too, making for a very mildly suspenseful love triangle. When a novel's action consists of the protagonist's decision not to tell people she's dangerously ill (most of Mia's treatment is told, not shown), it needs to compensate for the lack of plot with something else—astonishing characterization or spectacular language, for instance. This debut does not. Characters are largely one-dimensional, even Mia. Her superstitious nature (see title) feels tacked-on, and although she tells readers at one point that she had been in the running for valedictorian before her illness, she mostly seems as vapid as her friends. Add lines like, "His blue eyes glowed from within the faint outline of his Oakley's tan line," and you have a book that arrives at its moment of truth far too late. The topic has been handled far better elsewhere. (Fiction. 13-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802735409
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 185,772
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

TIFFANY SCHMIDT lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. She's not at all superstitious . . . at least that's what she tells herself every Friday the 13th. Send Me a Sign is her first novel.

www.tiffanyschmidt.net

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    A Page Turner

    I realize this book is written for a teenage audience, but as an adult, I truly enjoyed it. It was a quick easy read about a high school girl who finds out she has cancer, and how she emotionally handles it. It's not all sadness and doom and gloom, but I did shed a tear. However, a few times I laughed out loud. I commend Tiffany Schmidt on her first novel. I can't wait to read her next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    This book is about more than just a teenage girl's battle with c

    This book is about more than just a teenage girl's battle with cancer and the decision to tell her friends or keep everything a secret. It is about the strength others find in someone that they can't find in themselves. Mia convinces everyone around her that she is a fighter and that she is perfect--everyone except her long time friend Gyver. Gyver breaks down all of the walls she surrounds herself her and convinces Mia and the readers that life isn't about the 'signs' around us but instead the parts of life we often overlook. This book will give you a form of strength that you wouldn't think could come from a book and will inspire you to look more closely to the things, and more importantly people, around you. Gyver and Mia's love and deep understanding show the true strength in fighters--the strength given by people who love them and will always be there to support them emotionally and physically. Sometimes people aren't alone and just when they think they are, someone opens their heart and shows them a new 'sign.'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    A Must Read <3

    When books usually grab my attention it's when the covers are interesting. This book Send Me a Sign I love the cover of this book and that's what drew me in to wanting to read it and I am so glad that I did :)!! I really could not put this book down and I would rush home from work to read it and take it where I went with me to read! That's how great of a book is! Wonderful writing! Love the story line. Maybe could have done with out some characters but I love the main character and the best friend the neighbor <3 don't want to give to much a way! Hope this helps:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    Mia's a popular, pretty, smart girl with everything, and then he

    Mia's a popular, pretty, smart girl with everything, and then her life begins spiralling downward when she's diagnosed with leukemia. Mia could have kept her friends and much of her normal life if she'd admit the truth to everyone, but her mom convinces her to fake at normalcy--and that begins her life. Pretending that she's okay and denying everything else. Having been perfect all her life, Mia doesn't know what to do when she's not the golden girl anymore.
    Mia makes a lot of wrong decisions. She hides her cancer from her friends. She falls into the wrong arms out of loneliness. She wants everyone else to make the important decisions for her. I can understand that Mia would be scared and rely on signs to tell her what to do, but she's too busy worrying about herself to see how much she's hurting the people close to her. Her mom doesn't help at all. Mia's mom is overly involved in Mia's life and presses all of her expectations on Mia. While Mia is trying to figure out her life with cancer in it, her mom is busy trying to pretend that everything is okay to notice Mia's pain and need to clue in people on what's happening in her life. To choose the right boy instead of the one her mom wants for her.
    The gems in this story are Ryan and Gyver. At first, I thought that Ryan was with Mia because he wanted to get into her pants, but he turns out to be really supportive and caring. In fact, I felt sorry for him because of how Mia was stringing him along, wanting to find solace in his kisses without committing to a relationship. The same goes for Gyver, except that I liked him all along. These two guys are Mia's rocks in her confusion, and the nice guys that they are they didn't deserve to be used like they were.
    I love sad stories, and this sounded like it would be for me with Mia dealing with the big C. In ways, it is. I appreciate Mia's struggles coming to terms with her life after cancer. Her character growth has its ups and downs, but she does figure things out in the end. At the same time, it takes too long for her to realize what was really important to her, and she lashes out at the world in the process before realizing her mistakes. I would have also liked to see more of the medical sides to leukemia and how it impacts Mia. Mostly, this book is centered on the characters and their development, which would have worked if I was able to like Mia more. Unfortunately, between Mia's mom and Mia herself, there was too much drama for me. As much as I liked much of this book, it ended up not being for me. However, for those who are able to sympathize more with Mia, I'm sure they'll find a gem in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2012

    Brilliant & Beautiful, Heartbreaking & Hopeful

    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, letting go, holding on, but most of all, SEND ME A SIGN is a phenomenal love story. This is one of those books where I ignored my family, friends and messy house because I had to know . . . what happens?!? Mia just wants to pretend everything is normal, but how does she explain so much time off from school and her mixed bag of symptoms? Tiffany Schmidt has a gift for creating realistic dialogue and her characters are genuine, multi-layered and at times, you'll want to yell at them, "Hey! Be nice to Mia! She's sick!" Brilliant, beautiful and alternately heartbreaking and hopeful - if I could blow on that cover dandelion, I would wish that Goodreads had more stars for me to shower this amazing story with!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    I Want A Best Friend Like Gyver

    To tell the truth... I want a best guyfriend who is in love with me but doesn't push it. I want somebody to hold my hand and hug me close while I cry without actually being my boyfriend. It has always been my wish. I kind of have a friend like that but I haven' seen him and over six years now. And then the other one lives in California and I havent seen him in more than two years. So yeah kind of a bummer.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    This book was really sad and adorable and crazy good, and hard f

    This book was really sad and adorable and crazy good, and hard for me to read for a few reasons. For one, one of my best friends is named Mia and the though of her having to go through what this Mia did broke my heart, another reason was because one of my other really good friends did go through this, and although the experiences were different for Mia and my friend, the thought of what she had to go through breaks my heart. (It happened while in college and we lived in different places to start with.)

    Anywho, I knew that this book was going to be all about Mia and how she grappled with cancer and she had to deal with what kind of an impact it would have on her life. One of her biggest decisions was if she should or should not tell her friends about what she was going through, and she would look for signs to see if she should.

    She does tell her neighbor Gyver about what she is going through after hearing a song that prompts the decision, but she chooses not to tell the &quot;Calendar Girls&quot; her friends who each represent a different season. I felt that her decision was fueled mostly by her mother who will not be getting any mother of the year awards in this book.

    I felt that her decision not to tell her friends was frankly a dumb one, and it was not the only decision that I didn't agree with. But more about her friends, I felt that her mother's pressure not to tell them was wrong, and that although it would have been awkward and uncomfortable at first, all she did was hurt herself by not having that extra support when she needed it most.

    I did like that the book went into the treatments that she had and the side effects she felt. I loved that this book didn't belittle cancer treatments and what happened to Mia as she went through her Chemo, it was brutal and honest and I really respected that.

    I did wish that Mia had stood on her own a little more. She relied so heavily on her signs that it almost seemed that she was incapable of making a decision for herself. I loved that Gyver got her a black cat named Jinx, and that he tried his best to put the cabosh on her sign obsession. I loved how supportive and caring he was even though she was with Ryan, and he didn't approve.

    I adored the book and these characters as they all struggled with Mia's diagnosis and her decisions along the way. I can't wait to see what Schmidt has in store for us in her next book.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    Seeing the Real Signs One of the things that really resonated fo

    Seeing the Real Signs
    One of the things that really resonated for me about SEND ME A SIGN, was that absurd, but ever too popular notion that hiding the truth and going it alone are the right ways to navigate a life. I spent a lot of my teen years avoiding truths and reading the signs--anticipating others. Mia, with the help of some outside forces, has the misguided idea that keeping her leukemia a secret will allow her to slip back into her &quot;normal&quot; life again without any disruption. She uses signs from the universe to guide her deception, only to find that life and the people in it, are a little more complicated than what she might have imagined. This was a beautiful story about the importance of living your life truthfully and realizing that some times the disruption is the sign.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    Send Me a Sign is a sobfest, girl-with-cancer book. But here's t

    Send Me a Sign is a sobfest, girl-with-cancer book. But here's the thing: I wanted to roll my eyes at it, but it's hard to roll your eyes when they keep running across line after line of writing, and you can't find a good stopping place. Because with Send Me a Sign, the only good stopping place is the last page.
    The main character, Mia, is gorgeous, popular, smart, and oblivious to just how perfect her life is- until it isn't perfect anymore. We get to watch the house of cards fall. It doesn't all collapse at once, though; it comes down in slow motion, one piece at a time. Once Mia is stripped of all the glory of her former self, she can finally see who she really is and what is really important.
    There is a love triangle in this book, though it's not the kind that makes you want to throw the book across the room. And I'm not sure it even qualifies as a triangle, since Mia isn't aware of one boy's feelings for the majority of the book. These two boys really are equally wonderful, and neither stoops to worse than mild verbal attacks of the other. Another reason I couldn't put the book down is that the neighbor boy bff is SO much like Adam Wilde in If I Stay. I picked the book up to sneak 10 minutes over coffee at 5 AM because I was at a really good scene featuring him.
    Contemporary isn't my favorite, but once in a while, it's nice to have an excuse and permission to ugly cry. A hot boy is a bonus. Send Me a Sign delivers both, with a side of girl friendship. It's the best kind of reading indulgence. I recommend to a girl who's up for a guilty pleasure- one that you wouldn't be embarrassed if your mom caught you reading it.

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    Posted February 2, 2013

    How long?

    How long is the book? It sounds really good, but I would like to know the length before I get it.

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