I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
Also by this author: A Little Something Different, Been Here All Along
Published by Macmillan on October 20th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Adolescence
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Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She's babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.
Teo doesn't dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo's pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he'll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane's house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she's terrified of how her parents will react.
In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane's Magic 8 ball can't give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.
Last year I swooned just a little bit over A Little Something Different by the up and coming Sandy Hall, citing it as a read similar in tone to that of Rainbow Rowell’s books. This year, Hall is back with a brand new addition, Signs Point To Yes, an adorable young adult romantic romp about a girl named Jane, a boy named Teo, families, summer, and more. I did not think Signs Point To Yes felt very Rainbow Rowell in tone, however, it is a cute, palate cleanser of a read.
Signs Point To Yes is a third person close perspective sort of book. It alternates between Jane, Teo, and Margo who is Jane’s sister. The premise is that this summer, Jane will be babysitting Teo’s sisters, for fifteen dollars an hour which in my area, is an insane amount of money to pay a teenager to watch your kids. Jane grew up with Teo, they were great friends at first, but then this kid Ravi, became Teo’s friend and somehow disrupted that friendship. Needless to say, Teo and Jane are friends no more. This sucks because Jane has got it bad for him. Meanwhile, Jane’s sister Margo is back from college for the summer and she might as well be perfect, at least in the eyes of Jane’s parents and so, Jane feels all kind of pressure. However, Margo has got a secret of her own.
Jane is a very superstitutious character. She asks her magic 8 ball for advice on everything. She also is a rarity among young adult characters in that she is not academically inclined. She isn’t sure she wants to go to college. Also, she is not very good at school. Jane has her interests though that mark her as nerdy. She is a fan girl who writes fanfiction crossover stories like Veronica Mars and Sherlock Holmes or Dr. Who and Little Women. It’s actually very endearing. I also liked her work ethic and drive. AND! How well she treats Teo.
Teo is a perfectly nice guy. He is a lifeguard over the summer, so much of the book revolves around Jane going to the pool. Teo also does not know anything about his birth dad except his name. His google searches yield nothing, and so, the not knowing consumes him. Jane, however, enters the picture and with her help, Teo discovers there’s more to the story than he had originally thought. Also, Teo is hispanic. Which I thought warranted mentioning because diverse characters matter.
Signs Point To Yes is a very easy to read book. The perspectives jump around a bit, keeping the story fresh. The romance is very sweet and a bit basic. I mean, at most there is kissing. The two characters – Jane and Teo are basically nice people, albeit a tiny bit average. I read this book very, very quickly – much like when I read A Little Something Different. The reason why Ravi hates Jane is contrived though, but it does make for some funny moments multiple times throughout the book. In all, Sandy Hall’s second novel is worth of the Swoon Reads imprint on the whole.