Hello all and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! I’m so glad to be hosting Signs Point To Yes, a cute YA Contemporary about Magic 8 Balls and the most amazing, most adorable set of characters you’ll be seeing in a while 🙂 Follow the rest of the tour here and find this book on Swoon Reads!
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.
Without ado, I’m going to talk about my favourite character first, and that’s Teo. The book is a dual POV (yay I seriously love those) and that kept me engrossed in the book wholeheartedly. SPtY is a type of book that deserves all its characters to have a say. And Teo Garcia, like I mentioned, was my absolute favourite. This guy is the principle love interest in the book, but he is so much more than that! He’s smart and driven, but this is a real guy, a boy so unlike other fictional boys in the way he thinks and acts and is. It’s something that’s very difficult to explain without giving away something major from the book, but one example would be in the way he loves his three younger sisters. They’re all a little crazy—as kids usually are—and the way he is with them is adorable. But he also takes up their responsibility in a way that reminded me more of a parent than an older brother.
Jane Connelly is our MC, and admittedly, it took me a while to warm up to her. She is the type of girl that grows on you, meaning she’s an acquired taste. She kind of grated on my nerves in the beginning and her woe-is-me attitude was tiring, but it’s really a matter of getting to know her as a girl who can’t get along with her mother, no matter how hard she tries. Her obsession with the Magic 8 Ball, though, was the funniest thing ever! She is a tad bit (meaning a lot) superstitious, and almost all of her endeavours need the blessing of the Magic 8 Ball. But it doesn’t always bode well for her and her reactions to this were the cutest 😀
I loved the fact that there was absolutely no insta-love where it came to Teo and Jane’s romance. They were friends first and their friendship only got deeper once Jane took up a babysitting job for Teo’s sisters. They went through this crush stage that was just charming to witness, and only after a badly-aimed kiss and a few fights did they actually develop real feelings for each other. Friendship was the main theme of the book and it was damned good to see that despite the funny circumstances that they found themselves in, more often than not, their friendship remained intact.
Ravi, Teo’s best friend was fantastic. From the beginning of the book I had a little inkling as to why he hated Jane so much but when I came to know of the real reason behind his loathing? Priceless! Absolutely priceless! You just have to read it! Sure, in the beginning he as a dick to Jane, but I never felt like he really meant the insults—nor did Jane seem very offended to me. They had a rivalry, but one that had more comic value then anything. Margo, Jane’s sister was the other character in this book I really liked. She’s Jane’s older sister, and a bit of the family favourite. And yet, Margo seemed to be having her own set of troubles that summer…that you’ll have to read to find out al about. She was great with the bickering Ravi and Jane, and gahhh. All three of them together was so ❤ ❤
Signs Point to Yes is a cute, absolutely adorable novel, made all the more entertaining by a host of witty characters and a message underneath all the fun. Sandy Hall has created this entire universe of characters that were so fun to read, I can’t even imagine how much more fun they were to write 🙂 I haven’t read anything by her before, but rest assured I’ll definitely be trying her work now, especially if its as heartwarming as this one 🙂
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I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.