ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Siri, Who Am I?’ From Quirk Books

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Siri, Who Am I
Photo Credit: Sam Tschida’s, the writer of Siri, Who Am I?, twitter

Siri, Who Am I? is published by Quirk Books and written by Sam Tschida. The novel follows Mia who has just awoken from a coma following getting a serious head injury. After waking up, Mia can’t remember anything about her life, including her name. The only reason she begins to piece together who she is Siri tells hers. With Siri at her side, Mia begins to investigate her life and exactly how she got in the hospital.

Mia knows she has to be rich because she left the hospital with a Chanel lipstick and a yellow Prada dress. After Ubering to her billionaire boyfriend’s home after searching her Instagram for her potential residence, Mia meets Max, who is currently house sitting. With Max’s help, Mia begins to unravel her life and the mystery of how she got injured and who might be responsible.

Siri, Who Am I? is the perfect book to cuddle up with while you are poolside and sipping a mixed drink. There are moments where the plot is clearly unbelievable but much like watching an episode of Gossip Girl, it is easy to turn off your brain and enjoy the ride.

Like most characters in any teen drama about rich kids, Mia is not a good person but the catch is she doesn’t know that when she wakes up from her coma. And despite how awful Mia is, it is clear she doesn’t want to be. From the start, Mia isn’t particularly likeable but that is what makes her so compelling. She comes off as aloof, selfish, and manipulative. However, she changes significantly by the end of the book. Her growth is what keeps readers invested. Additionally, her relationship with Max and Crystal are the strongest asepcts of the book. While she values the two of them differently, their relationships begin the same way. Mia needs something and is willing to bend the rules to get it from them, until she realizes she cares and their friendship means more to her.

The most interesting part of the book is how Mia uses and communicates through Instagram. Her fascination with likes, RTs, and filters is a stark reminder of how fake the online world can be. Anyone can snap a catchy Instagram picture and convince the world how carefree their life is. As someone who works in social media and marketing, I can attest to this on a personal level. While a lot of the Instagram use might feel cheesy, particuarly toward the climax of the book, it always fits the overall aestetic. Mia is over the top, the plot at points is downright ridiculous but at the end of the day, it is good fun.

My one major qualm about the book is the pacing. There are multiple points toward the middle that just dragged on. When the book finally picked up steam, toward the final act, I was completed invested. However, that doesn’t change the fact there are many chapters that feel like filler. That being said, Siri, Who Am I? is a fun, delightful read that has enough twists and turns to keep you interested. If you are looking for a wacky, comedic drama to get lost in this is the perfect book.

Siri, Who Am I? is available in book stores everywhere on May 5, 2020.

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TL;DR

Siri, Who Am I? is the perfect book to cuddle up with while you are poolside and sipping a mixed drink. There are moments where the plot is clearly unbelievable but much like watching an episode of Gossip Girl, it is easy to turn off your brain and enjoy the ride.