Siri, Who Am I?

Quirk. Jan. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9781683691686. pap. $15.99. F
DEBUT Amnesiac millennial Mia wakes up in a hospital not knowing her name, let alone how she suffered a memory-erasing head injury. Luckily, she has her phone with her, and tech assistant Siri comes to her rescue regarding her name, but Mia apparently likes to keep clean inboxes. Her Instagram account provides more clues and allows her to find the place she may have called home. There she finds Max, a science geek house sitter who says the owner is a French billionaire (her boyfriend?), and they set out to figure out what happened to her, as her memories slowly begin to return. This caper takes place in less than a week and requires suspension of disbelief and a lot of patience. Mia is a frustrating character, and part of the narrative’s premise is shaky—what kind of hospital discharges a patient with no memory or caretaker? Readers must also contend with many footnotes and hashtags as they learn more about Mia’s history.
VERDICT Despite the story’s few flaws, the desire to know Mia’s story propels readers to keep turning the pages.
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