Book Review | Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

signsyesAuthour:
Sandy Hall
Format:
Advance Reader Copy, 267 pages
Publication date:
October 20th, 2015
Publisher:
Swoonreads
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
Picked up Signs Point to Yes, one summer day when feeling down and it definitely cheered me up. Signs Point to Yes is Sandy Hall’s second book; her debut novel was A Little Something Different which was a sugary, sweet and hilarious novel featuring a love story that is shows us the point of views of every character except the two major characters. In Signs Point to Yes, Hall uses a traditional storytelling tool by telling the story from an omniscient third person narrator who follows the two central characters in addition to the sister of one of the key characters.

Personally, I found Signs Point to Yes to be more enjoyable than A Little Something Different since there were less characters and perspectives to deal with. Additionally I loved that Jane and Teo in fact spend time with each other, and become acquainted with each other first. As a result, I found that I was truly rooting for them to be a couple early on unlike the eventual couple in A Little Something Different. I also adored the sibling dynamic between Jane and her sister, Margo as it is reminiscent of the relationship that I have with my own sister. The only things I disliked were first, the reveal of why Ravi, Teo’s best friend despised Jane. There was such a build up to it, however once the reason behind his strong dislike of Jane was unveiled I found myself feeling disappointed. Without spoiling anything, I ought to say that Ravi’s reason for disliking Jane came across as rather juvenile considering how long he’s held onto that for. The second thing I wasn’t fond of was how, despite Signs Point to Yes, having alternating perspectives; there is no indication as to whose chapter it is at the start of each chapter. It’s not until you read a couple of sentences that you are able to figure out whose perspective we are seeing things from. However, this may only be evident in the ARC and maybe there will be some type of indicator in the final copy?

Anyways, Signs Point to Yes was another entertaining read from Sandy Hall and I look forward to reading more from this authour. Also, I wouldn’t object if she were to write a sequel to Signs Point to Yes as I would love to know what happens next with Margo, Jane and Teo.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Book Review | A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Authour:somediffer
Sandy Hall
Format:
Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publication date:
August 26th 2014
Publisher:
Swoon Reads
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

“I like the idea that we’re getting to watch their lives without them knowing. And I know that might sound voyeuristic and weird and pathetic, but it also makes me happy. And I don’t have a ton of that kind of happy in my life at the moment, so let me enjoy some damn Starbuck customers falling in love!” (p. 57)

Have you ever had, in your group of friends, two people who seem made for each other although they still haven’t gotten together? You know that couple that’s not in reality a couple, that has you almost screaming, “Just hook up already!” This is what happens in Sandy Hall’s A Little Something Different. Lea and Gabe are two college students who just have that chemistry that every person in their lives can spot And while I was worried that the romance would have been shoved down my throat and the characters would be too pushy when it comes to getting together two people who don’t have chemistry, I was impressed that this was not the case. Lea and Gabe are extremely sweet together and I could not help but also ship them similar to everyone in their lives does.

There are several things that A Little Something Different does well, for instance, even based on the cover and the synopsis you can already tell that this will be a sweet love story. I loved that it took place in college instead of high school and that Lea was a freshman. This made me a bit nostalgic for my days as a freshman at university for the reason that I was definitely similar to Lea in that I was a bit shy, and I loved to write and similar to her, I was fortunate enough to have friends who were always pushing me to go outside my comfort zone and meet new people.

However, my favourite aspect of this book was how it was a love story told from multiple perspectives. We never essentially get to observe Lea or Gabe’s point of views nonetheless we get acquainted with them more through the interactions they have with the other characters. My favourite perspective was the creative writing professor, as she was just so cool and I can definitely picture myself also pairing up students in my mind if I were a teacher. Which I found hilarious even though it’s a bit weird and kind of crazy. I also liked the parts where the story was told from Lea’s friend, Danny’s point of view. Having Danny have the final say in the novel was just beyond wonderful.

On the other hand, there were the two points of views that I felt did not work too well. These were the parts told from the bench’s perspective as they came off as a bit condescending, and Hillary, who got on my nerves since she had an extremely, ridiculous sense of self entitlement. I also felt the conflict or rather what was keeping Gabe and Lea apart felt a bit out of place, especially near the final pages and the resolution fell a bit flat for me even if I was fond of the conclusion.

All in all A Little Something Different is an extreme fluffy and utterly adorable read and if that’s what you feel like you need at the moment then this book is a must read. Not only does it have a cute romance but it also has a remarkable cast of unique characters who also provide a strong and stable support system for Lea and Gabe as they slowly find their way to each other.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.