Signs Point to Yes is entirely fluffy read of cuteness and simplicity. I am more of a violent reader (you know the drill…zombies and blood everywhere) but I don’t mind a nice bite of sweetness to break up the explosions. But I still found Signs Point to Yes a little….cliche? It’s like I read this storyline 49289 times before. It all felt like fluff on a paper plate.
SO IT’S TIME FOR A GLORIOUS LIST! Not likes or loathes…just, things, to know about this book. And then you’ll know whether it’s for you or not! Also remember, just because it wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be for you!
- It’s dual narrated by Jane and Teo. Actually there’s a third narrator, Jane’s older sister, Margo, but since her narration contributes absolutely ZLICH to the story, I’m just going to go ahead and say it’s there and leave it at that. Jane and Teo are mild mushrooms. “What does this mean, Cait?” you ask. I SHALL EXPLAIN. They make mild decisions and give mild greetings to one another and go to mild parties and talk about mild topics. They didn’t have the opportunity for curry, but I would bet you my left elbow if they did…IT’D BE MILD CURRY. I felt no spark between them or even around them. They felt like book characters in a quaint cute tale, instead of real people I could meet and be friends with.
- Due to above mention of mildness, I found their romance quite mild as well. There is no raucous fireworks, basically. Actually while it’s a romantic story, it’s not solely ABOUT the romance. SO! That is different! It’s more focused on family. And actually reminded me a lot of the Lizze Bennet Diaries youtube series for some reason…
- But, um, have I read this story before? It basically had a checklist of all the things one can topple into while reading a YA contemporary: summer jobs, babysitting, facing college applications, being overwhelmed by high-achieving parents, chuffing off to random parties, feeling different/outsider/lost/alone, a spontaneous roadtrip…etc. Also see: Emmy & Oliver, My Life Next Door, Paper Towns, Anatomy of a Misfit, and Dumplin’. Ahem. It’s possible that I’ve just read too much.
- There is a huge emphasis on a Magic 8 Ball. “WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?” I asked 99 times. So I Googled, because Google knows everything, and discovered it’s a thingy invented in the 1950s. Further discussion on Goodreads revealed the fact it was popular in the 1990s. You shake it. It gives you cryptic answers like “maybe” and “someday” and “signs point to yes” (LOOK THE TITLE!!) and is generally unhelpful and great if you don’t want to make decisions. Yup. Let everything in your life rely on a random ball. That’s what Jane did. While I get it (decision making is hard) I questioned the emphasis on the ball because…who has them these days?!?? Maybe it’s a cultural thing. Or an age thing. BUT THEN. It’s 2015 and I expect YA contemporaries to flow with today. But okay then….
- Let’s talk about Jane for a second. OH JANE. Where is your Tarzan, because surely you need him? Here are things to know about Jane: a) Jane doesn’t want to go to college (I found this totally refreshing!) and b) Jane is a geek, c) I mean the kind of geek that likes fanfic!!, and d) despite feeling like a Plain-Jane I totally got onboard with her fandom side.
- And Teo? He’s from Puerto Rico and…is…nice. Yup. That’s Teo.
- There’s sassy dialogue and a roadtrip and the finding-of-an-estranged-father.
- The ending mildly befuddled me. I felt like it just…ended. I’m all for leaving things up to the imagination, but I seriously DO NOT KNOW THE CONCLUSION. What was the point? What might happen next? Oh gosh…at least tell me how the Doctor Who/ Little Women fanfic (that Jane was reading at the beginning) worked out???
- DID JO MARCH GET WITH THE DOCTOR?? GAWSH DARNIT.
- Signs Point to Yes (which I constantly misspell as “Sings” so hopefully it’ll be made into a musical one day) is definitely cute and light and easy to read. It has super sweet moments and I loved the emphasis on family and friendship and all the “awww” moments. I read the author interview at the back and loved how Sandy Halls says the theme is “don’t compare yourself to other people” and that is goodness.
THANK YOU TO PAN MACMILLAN FOR THE REVIEW COPY! Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall was published October 2015.
The author of A Little Something Different brings you the most adorkable romance ever.
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.