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.
Thank you to Swoon Reads and Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy. Receiving one did not affect my views of the novel.
Jane is a fangirl and a very dedicated one at that, the type who writes Doctor Who/Veronica Mars crossover fanfiction. Yeap, I immediately connected with Jane, even if I don’t write fanfic. She is one of my people. Couple that with her being afraid of confrontations and failing, I immediately felt some sort of kinship with her. Not wanting to go to college or do any college preparations like get an unpaid internship at the university her mother works at, she gets a babysitting job with their neighbor Connie, who has three girls, all under the age of seven. And a cute son her age. A cute son Jane used to have playdates with when they were kids. A cute son who goes by the name Teo.
You know what they say about proximity, right? It breeds romance and IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TROPES OF EVER. So basically, Jane and Teo are around each other ALL THE TIME and they are so cute and awkward with each other. Remember when I squealed over the adorable and dorky and awkward Ted Callahan in Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)? My reactions to Signs Point to Yes was reminiscent of that because THE ADORABLE. For example, Teo got so drunk he fell flat on his face as he tried to kiss Jane. Then there were all the instances they just ended up staring at each other awkwardly. And all the times one of them wanted the floor to swallow them whole. Ah, I just kept on grinning and smiling and feeling some secondhand embarrassment and swooning while I read this book. Seriously.
I also highly enjoyed Jane and Teo’s wit and banter. It’s not the sassy kind but they play off each other well so it was also a blast to be able to read that. Ah, I just can’t get over the adorable.
Jane’s into signs and keeps on consulting her Magic 8 ball for most of her decisions. Teo could have been a popular kid since he’s in the soccer team, but being best friends with the ultra-smart and grade-conscious Ravi ultimately landed him in the kinda-dorky club. I loved Teo and Ravi’s friendship, even if I sort of still don’t understand Ravi and I still find him immature. Or maybe he’s just epically but comically incapable of being serious. But when he does get serious, you know he means it. They gave out hugs freely and had each other’s back all of the time. They acknowledge each other’s flaws and accept them for who they are while still being able to call out each other’s shit.
The book is told in multiple third-person perspectives. We get Jane, Teo, and once in a while, Margo’s perspective. Margo is Jane’s older sister who’s planning to come out to their parents about her being bisexual. A high-five for this book! Jane and Margo’s relationship as sisters was endearing to read unfold, as they got closer and closer. They’re such great sisters, the both of them.
As for diversity, Teo’s Puerto Rican and his best friend Ravi is Sri Lankan. While we don’t get a lot about the culture of each, I still felt like high-fiving the book for this. I also appreciated how the author broached the topic of college not being for everybody, and for parents to know how to listen to their children. It’s a constant event in the novel, where the parental figures don’t listen to what their teenage children want to do. A child must have a say on their life too.
Oh, in case you need more convincing, THERE’S A ROADTRIP IN HERE! I enjoyed the roadtrip and I could totally see them as a pack of annoyingly loud friends going places.
I really enjoyed the book and I read it so fast, even though I was so busy. I even stayed up late just to finish it. I guess what’s stopping me from full-on loving it is I’m not too sold on the plot. It seemed kind of random to me but it definitely moved along the story and the romance (heh). The ending and resolution were a bit too fast for my liking too. I guess I’m not that invested in most of the characters as well. I like them, I do, but it felt like I was only watching their story unfold, instead of living in the story with them. I want to get to know them more. Still, I had a blast reading this book and that last scene and line still makes me smile.
Signs Point to Yes is my first novel from Sandy Hall and I am definitely coming back for more! In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m already reading A Little Something Different. Consider Sandy Hall in your must-read fluffy-YA-contemporary authors list!