Title: Signs Point to Yes
Author: Sandy Hall
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads
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.
I adored the uniqueness of A Little Something Different, so I was super excited to find out that Hall had a new book coming out. Signs Point to Yes is a good second novel; equally as light, fun, and serious as her previous work.
Jane and Teo were fun characters, with well developed personalities and quirks that brought them more fully to life within the course of the story. Even the secondary cast of Ravi, Margo, and Teo's trio of half-sisters were three dimensional and loveable.
I did find Signs Point to Yes to be a bit less engrossing than A Little Something Different because, even though Jane and Teo were well fleshed out characters, I just didn't connect with Teo as much as I did Jane. Though, that probably has a lot to do with the fact that Jane was a very similar brand of nerdy as I myself am.
Hall does do a wonderful job of portraying Teo's insecurities over not knowing his father. And the feeling of outsiderhood I imagine family gatherings would push onto him. The ending left me a bit at loose ends, not really sure if I was all right with where Hall left us. Maybe I'm just greedy, and want to know more about the burgeoning relationships between Teo and Jane, and Margo and her possible significant other.
All together, Signs Point to Yes is an enjoyable read, with some definite beach read potential, that I will more than likely reread.
-Digital ARC provided by edelweiss, in exchange for a review.