Siri, Who Am I?
by Sam Tschida
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 12 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 12 Apr 2021
A Millennial with amnesia uses her Instagram account to piece together her identity in this hilarious and whip-smart comedy about the ups and downs of influencer culture.
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 her 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 noaccident. Who was Mia before she woke up in that hospital? And is it too late for her to rewrite her story?
A Note From the Publisher
“Tschida's debut is a fun, effervescent ride that explores selfie culture and how it defines us. Amnesiac Mia is fearless in how she navigates the world. You'll be hooked by the core mystery as you journey with Mia to uncover who she really is.”—Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune & Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Teashop
“This witty story checks all the boxes for readerslooking for a sharp-edged, highly entertaining lookat selfie culture, along with a soupçon of romance.” —Shelf Awareness
"Tschida's debut shines in its prose...[and she's] a deft hand at characterization and dialogue; characters jump off the page and interact in interesting ways. The mystery isn't easily solved, and the journey to the solution is clever and enjoyable. A strong debut that's fun and funny, perfect for lovers of modern romantic comedies and light mysteries."—Kirkus Reviews
“Fun and satisfying. This entertaining romance puts a cute twist on the genre."—Publishers Weekly
“Tschida's debut is a millennial Bridget Jones's Diary meets Legally Blonde."—Booklist
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Cute, light, and fluffy! This book is a perfect summer beach read. I loved being able to guess who Mia really was, and the commentary on how social media really shapes our lives.
Siri, Who Am I? by Sam TschidaBook publication date: May 5, 2020 When a young woman wakes up in the hospital with amnesia, she only knows there's a head wound under her very trendy haircut, and that her phone addresses her as both "Mia" and "hello gorgeous." While perusing her phone, she discovers that Mia is the kind of person who does not have her mother's phone number, but does have a massive amount of followers on Instagram. As she follows her digital footprint around southern California like Sherlock in Chanel lipstick, she uncovers a woman leading a troubled life. Matchmaker, Instagram Influencer, victim of foul play? Who is Mia, really? Fans of Alexa Martin's Playbook series may enjoy the hashtagged sass that runs through Mia's brain. However, I think this book has more in common with California noir than a sunny romance. Mia is a little like Veronica Mars--a shallow, more manipulative Veronica Mars--and her investigation turns up a satisfying amount of grime behind her curated online persona. This review is based on an ARC via Netgalley. This review is also available at the Eisenhower Library blog (https://eisenhowerlibrary.org/tag/book-review/ ) and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3213059133).
This is a light, fun, current novel. A young lady, Mia, finds herself in the hospital after having suffered major brain trauma and has no idea who she is. However, physically, she is well and must leave the hospital. She pieces her life together using her social media posts and basically uses these pictures and posts to lead to the clues of herself, where she lives, who she knows, and what she does for a living. Is this, perhaps, a reason to make frequent social media posts? Her story progresses rapidly as Mia discovers her name and who she thinks she is and what she has done with her life. This well-crafted, quick moving story takes several twists and turns before it reaches the end and Mia really discovers who she is.
I usually do not like memory loss trope but this book had a different plot than the mainstream. I did not realise that I was up for a soft mystery read when I started this book. Mia has no idea who she is before Siri tells her name to her but unfortunately not her surname. And she has to go to great lengths to know her surname. Heck, she even got the address to her home through Instagram photos and hashtags!! This is different than the normal soppy Amnesia romances that you might have read, I thoroughly enjoyed this book though I didn't expect myself to enjoy as much as I did. This book is a journey of Mia discovering herself and starting a new life after waking up from coma and doing the right thing instead of doing things right. But I think the title is a bit misleading. The title made me feel like she gets to know everything from Siri but instead she gets to know most of the things from Instagram. It was more like " #whoamI Instagram ". Nonetheless, I loved this book. I cannot say how realistic it is in its many scenarios but I do know that the Amnesia part was realistic. Mia is a strong character who does not feel pity for herself and instead tries to get her life back. None of her actions will make you feel like 'this is nonsense' because you would be able to relate with her in all her actions and decisions.
I was so surprised that I loved this book, and can safely say that I've never read another one like this. The main character, Mia, wakes up from a coma in a hospital, with a head injury and amnesia. The hospital practically shoves her out the door (which I found very strange). She only discovers her name by asking the Siri assistant on her cell phone, hence the title. Mia discovers that she has apparently recorded her entire life on Instagram, and begins working her way backward trying to find out little things like where she lives, what she does for a living, if she has friends or a boyfriend, etc. She finally makes it back to the house of the man who is her boyfriend, only to discover from the house sitter that he is on a trip overseas. The house sitter is a post-doctoral student named Max. She and Max drive all over Los Angeles (with frequent stops for tacos), looking for clues to Mia's life. It turns out that Mia has a foot in two very different worlds. I'll say no more because this journey is far too much fun to spoil. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book. All opinions expressed here are mine.
Siri, Who Am I? is marketed as “Memento gets a millennial makeover,” and while not a perfect parallel, it is an apt description for this fun contemporary read. “Memories change over time. Some fade. Some become stronger. Everyone has different memories of the same event. Memory is just a story we tell ourselves, not an objective truth. That’s why your sense of self, which is dependent on memory, is something that fluctuates and changes.” This starts with a young woman waking up in a hospital not able to remember anything about herself. Thankfully, she does have her iPhone. It is able to tell her her name (Mia) and she decides to mine it for information about her life. Using her Instagram detective skills, Mia finds her way to what she believes is her house. And so her adventure to rediscover herself begins. Much of this book focuses on Mia’s road to discover herself, but this is also a rom com, love triangle and all. Many of the tropes you would expect to see grace these pages, and they are handled well. The plot moves at a quick clip for fast and easy reading. And the writing is strong, with a clear, snarky voice. The only place it fell slightly flat in was the characters. Although Mia is nicely developed, many of the rest were stereotypical. If you’re looking for a full cast of fully fleshed out characters, you won’t find it here. But I can’t say that I minded much. Although a storyline beginning with a main character with amnesia is nothing new, Siri, Who Am I? offers a fresh perspective. It explores our society’s reliance on social media and the results of living our lives filtered through its lens. As Mia’s attempts to piece together her past by going back to places from her Instagram feed, the differences between her perfect photographs and the reality she discovers unfold slowly but surely. “Fairy tales only exist if you keep your rose-colored glasses on…” In the end, Siri, Who Am I? was a fresh and fun palette cleanser with some depth. I’m certainly impressed with this debut and look forward to see what she does next.
Mia wakes up in a hospital with no memories and no clues about who she is. Based on Instagram photos, her Uber driver drops her at a luxurious apartment and she opens the door to find Max, a neuroscientist house sitter for a wealthy man named JP, who Mia hopes is her husband/boyfriend. Max agrees to help Mia recover her memories and find out who she is! Fast paced, inventive, and funny, this book is a must read for rom-com and mystery lovers!
This started soooo strong for me. I loved the writing style, I loved the main character’s voice, I loved the dialogue with the love interest. I was very excited for a deliciously fun rom-com. Then things veered sharply into semi-gritty thriller territory and floundered in and out of there for the rest of the book. None of this was indicated in the marketing or the tone of the first part of the book, so I was pretty surprised and a little stressed out. Nothing wrong with a thriller, but I was not emotionally prepared to read about abusive drug lords, exploitation of sex workers, or death by giant snake. I will probably read more by this writer because I did really love the writing, I think that’s the best thing about the book and I couldn’t stop laughing out loud (during the less anxiety-inducing scenes, anyway), but it’s not something I would seek out when I really want a light, fun, stress-relieving read.
Cute book that you don’t have to concentrate too much on just a quick escape from reality. I read it quite quickly with very little thought to things going on around me. I love a book that draws you in and keeps your attention
Ever wonder what it is like to wake up and have no idea what happened, who you are and why you are in a hospital room? Using her phone you ask Siri, who am I? an find out your name is Mia. Your social media doesn't give you a good enough clue but can hopefully point you in the right direction. That is what happens to Mia, trying to figure out why you have staples in your head and have no memory of what happened. She is trying to put the pieces together but as she does, is her life really want she wants?
Siri, Who Am I is an amnesia trope mystery with a side of romance. Mia wakes up in a hospital, not knowing who she is or how got there. Her purse has no ID, just a phone and a couple of keys. Using her phone, she for clues about her identity. Siri tells her that her name is Mia. Her haircut (minus the staples from her head wound) is trendy, her dress is Prada - is she rich? Mia's constant inner monologue is #hilarious. Such a fast, entertaining read that really drew me in as Mia slowly puts the pieces together, discovering who she is and how she ended up with a head injury. Mia doesn't just discover her identity, she also finds out who she wants to be. This feels spot-on for our current Instagram-or-it-didn't-happen reality. Very reflective of how we curate our reality.
If someone was asked to say who you are by what's on your smart phone and/or social media presence, what would they say about you? What if you couldn't remember who you are and these are the only clues? That's what happens to Mia. Smart, snarky, and a little suspect, this book grabbed me and didn't let go! Just good plain fun with a little romance to boot.