Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall |Book Review

signs point to yes

Normally she would have been embarrassed, but right now she was happy that he was the kind of guy who looked back one more time.

Blurb-If only Jane’s Magic 8 Ball could tell her how to get through the summer. With her “perfect” sister, Margo, home for her “perfect” internship, Jane is not going to be able to spend the summer writing fan fiction, as she had planned. And her emergency babysitting job requires Jane to spend the whole summer in awkward proximity to her new crush, Teo, a nerdy-hot lifeguard with problems of his own. With his best friend out of town, Teo finds himself without anyone to confide in…except Jane. Will Jane and Teo be able to salvage each other’s summer? Even the Magic 8 Ball doesn’t have an answer…but signs point to yes.

Review- This novel is filled with cute and adorable fluff. There’s lots of fluff, and while there is a story arc and conflict it didn’t seem nearly as prominent as the main relationship between Teo and Jane which turned it a little too “fluffy”.

I feel like Signs Point to Yes is a pretty big hit or miss book. The writing style is very lose and relaxed that has a quirky little tone, which I love in contemporary novels. It gives the whole novel a cute undertone, even in tenser situations. Not only that, but the quirky writing style also enhances the quirkiness of Jane and Teo and their budding relationship.

For the most part, the characters are all fun with mostly distinct personalities. Jane and Teo are both awkward little geeks, which resonated well with me and I personally really enjoyed their relationship. The side characters such as Ravi, Connie, Teo’s younger siblings, and Jane’s family added a real sense of family to the book, which is often missing in YA novels.

Now, Margo (Jane’s older sister) also had her own mini plot line and I don’t understand why it was decided for Margo to have her own POV. Her who story line is the fact that she’s bi and wants to come out to her parents but isn’t sure how. It’s nice that Hall represented the LGBTQ+ community but Margo’s chapters felt odd and out of place. It would’ve made much more sense to keep just Jane and Teo POVs and sneak in Margo’s story line in some of Jane’s POVs.

What I truly appreciate about the conflict-that-wasn’t-too-conflicty part is how it shows Teo isn’t the perfect human that Jane sees him as since she is falling in love with him. Watching Teo go through his own drama let his character shine because he actually learned from the mistakes that he made and adjusted himself.

As I felt with many other contemporary novels, the ending seemed abrupt and incomplete. It’s one of those books that builds up to the relationship, then we never get any actual relationship time. This always feels lackluster to me since people change when you’re sharing your life with someone else and I would’ve loved to see how quirky characters like Jane and Teo adapt to that.

Overall, this book definitely has it’s flaws but it’s still a cute and super quick read for a rainy day. Sandy Hall’s writing clicked with me and I can’t wait to read more from her!



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