Friday, January 31, 2020

Siri, Who Am I?




Siri, Who Am I?
Author: Sam Tschida
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 5, 2020
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 352
My Rating: 

Mia might look like a Millennial but she was born yesterday. Emerging from a coma with short-term amnesia after an accident, Mia can't remember her own name until the Siri assistant on her iPhone provides it. Based on her cool hairstyle (undercut with glamorous waves), dress (Prada), and signature lipstick (Chanel), she senses she's wealthy, but the only way to know for sure is to retrace her steps once she leaves the hospital. Using Instagram and Uber, she arrives at the pink duplex she calls home in posts but finds Max, a cute, off-duty postdoc supplementing his income with a house-sitting gig. He tells her the house belongs to JP, a billionaire with a chocolate empire. A few texts later, JP confirms her wildest dreams: they're in love, Mia is living the good life, and he'll be back that weekend. But as Mia and Max work backward through her Instagram and across Los Angeles to learn more about her, they discover a surprising truth behind her perfect Instagram feed, and evidence that her head wound was no accident. Who was Mia before she woke up in that hospital? And is it too late for her to rewrite her story?
A girl emerges from a coma not knowing who she is.
I am all for girly books. The concept of Siri, Who Am I? really stood out to me. The story revolves around Mia after she clearly got knocked over the head by someone. She wakes up in the hospital from a coma not even knowing her own name... let alone who did this to her. Mysteries are always fun to read. Mia progresses throughout the book trying to put the pieces together to learn who she is and why someone would want to kill her. Nothing is what it seems in this book.

The first half of the book was very strong. About halfway through the book, I honestly became a little bored. It started to become predictable. Mia's voice became a little annoying to me. Instead of caring about the outcome of her fate, I didn't really care what would end up happening. The romance in the book fell very flat to me. The book became kind of predictable. I was hoping for a surprising ending and outcome but it wasn't. 

I did adore the author's writing style. Tschida did have a beautiful way of describing her characters and story. The plot just didn't do it for me. I think with more experience her other books will continue to get better. Why did there have to be so many hashtags in this book? They were dumb and some of them were totally unnecessary. 

I did like the idea of a social media-based mystery. How Mia could essentially come across as anyone she wanted to be. That anyone can have a fresh start. Using an iPhone to uncover who you are is a unique concept. More mysteries should use social media tactics. The pacing of the story was very well executed. However, there needed to be more plot twists to keep me intrigued. The beginning was better. Siri, Who Am I? was an easy fast read. I am excited to see what Tschida decides to write next. 

Anyone who likes an easy read should pick this one up. It turned out to pretty average for me. However, I can see some people really loving this book. Parts were cute and lighthearted. The characters needed more depth but all in all, this was a relatable book to this generation. Some things were a little unrealistic but still a good story and concept. 

Sam Tschida (pronounced cheetah) is a rom-com author. She lives with her gang of children, a couple of poorly behaved dogs, and one handsome man. When she’s not writing she is probably making lasagna. Just kidding. Who knows what she’s doing, least of all Sam. The only guarantee is that she is actively brainstorming her next book. And if we’re being honest, it’s pretty likely that she’s not making lasagna, unless it’s the frozen kind. Shout out to Mrs. Stouffers! Besides living the dream writing books, she edits other peoples’ books and teaches writing classes, but she is a Pisces so we might as well call it what it is, therapy. So boiled down, Sam is an unlicensed therapist who also writes rom-coms.

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