When I saw the title of this novel by Sam Tschida at the OLA Super Conference, I had to pick it up. Who wouldn’t be intrigued by the title Siri, Who Am I?
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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?
I had so much hope for this read, particularly because the scenario is so true to modern-day life. However the novel fell a little flat for me. There were moments when I felt bored by the story and wished that it would move on a little faster.
I felt no connection at all with the main character, Mia. Her portrayal in the novel was one dimensional and not very interesting to read. One would expect that she would grow in character during the story when reading the blurb. But even though her growth was suggested, it was glossed over and did not resonate with me. In addition, the romance did fall a little flat.
Siri, Who am I? is a novel with not much substance – maybe a little like the Instagram influencers. This was an okay read for me and not one I would pick up again.
I give this novel ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020
(This novel was the 42nd novel in my book pledge for 2020)