For today’s Book Nerd’s review I will be looking at the novel I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Rishi. I was first introduced to this book by a member of my very new bookclub; it was the top choice through our voting process for this month’s read. I literally read it in two days because it was that good! It is an end of the world, coming of age, discovering yourself kind of book like most YA novels, but had an urgent feel to it. Probably because it took place in modern time where there was only seven days until the fate of the world was decided by aliens. Perhaps a little cliche when you read the synopsis, but the author puts an interesting twist on it that is quite enjoyable.
We view the pending doom through the eyes of three teenagers, one girl Cate, and two boys, Jesse and Adeem. Although they are all very different than each other personality-wise, situational-wise they have one main thing in common. Throughout their childhoods they have had a family member abandon them, and given the literal life crisis, they all embark on journeys to try and find that missing person to reconnect with before it’s too late. The book touches on very popular and no longer taboo topics such as mental health and sexual orientation, which I personally find refreshing, because people live with these types of things everyday and it shouldn’t be shameful to simply be who you want to be. Throughout this book each character finds themselves and realizes that it is perfectly okay to be yourself and you don’t need to pretend otherwise.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed, and you’ll come to sympathize with the characters and learn more about the different struggles that people face on a daily basis. The only unfortunate thing is that the book seemed to end on a bit of a cliffhanger. It just stops, and doesn’t really wrap up the stories at all. It makes you think that there has to be a sequel, but I couldn’t find any such info through some quick research. However, there was some talk about a possible TV show in the works, so I guess we will just have to wait and see.