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review 2015-10-15 00:00
Signs Point to Yes
Signs Point to Yes - Sandy Hall This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More

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“I know you’re not going to understand this, but I’m really going to miss him.”
Jane looked over at Teo, shocked. “Of course I get it. My best friends are off at sleepaway band camp for the summer, where there’s no cell service and the Wi-Fi signal is on serious lockdown, while I spend my days regretting that I quit playing the glockenspiel in fifth grade.”
“So you do get it,” Teo said.
“At least we have each other,” Jane said, taking a calculated risk.
It paid off when Teo smiled so broadly his dimple made an appearance.
Jane sat on her hands so she wouldn’t push her finger into it—that was how adorable his dimple was. She could barely resist the urge to touch it.
“So did you save me any cookies?” Teo asked, gesturing to the empty plate in front of her.
“No,” Jane said seriously. “But I did hear that your mom made you a plate of leftovers and put it in the fridge.”
“My fridge?”
“That’s the rumor.”
“Want to come watch me eat?”
“Only if I can bring more cookies.”
“What about brownies?” Teo asked, looking over at the dessert table. “Or maybe that apple pie no one has even touched yet.”
“It’s hard to say no to pie,” Jane said.
They stood up and walked over to take the pie.
“Wait,” Teo said, grabbing Jane’s arm. “Is there ice cream available for the pie?”
“I don’t think so. Ice cream doesn’t really go with this amount of heat,” Jane said.
“Ah, take the pie anyway. I think we have ice cream at my house.”
Jane grabbed the pie, and Teo walked in front of her like a bodyguard until they were around the corner and safely inside his house.
He held up his hand to high-five Jane, but she got so flustered she fist-bumped it.
“That’s an interesting option.” Teo looked at his hand where Jane had basically just punched him.
“I hate myself sometimes,” she said.
“Do over?” Teo offered.
“Do over.” Jane held up her hand, and this time Teo fist-bumped her palm.
“Thanks for that,” she said.
He winked dramatically and then went to rummage in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-10-06 10:41
Signs Point to Yes - Sandy Hall

The part with the spoiler has been removed from this review on BL, because of the craptastic Spoiler Tags. If you are interested in the paragraph with the spoiler, check out my blog.

 

4.5 stars. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was so delighted when I found out that I was approved for the ARC of this. I absolutely adored, loved and enjoyed Sandy Hall's previous book "A Little Something Different", so I just knew I had to try and get this book.

The book is set in 3 POVs, though I have to say that most of the spotlight and most of the chapters go to Jane, followed by Teo, and then followed by Margo who only got a few chapters. Each of these 3 characters have something important going on in their lives. Teo is curious about his dad, and wishes to meet him or at least find out about him. Jane is insecure and doesn't really know what to do with her future. Her parents, well... her mom, is pressing her to go to college, but she doesn't want that yet. And then we have Margo, who is bisexual and afraid that her parents will disown her. They are all awesome characters and I really loved them all. Not directly, Margo was instant like, but Jane and Teo took me some time to like them. For some reason I got tired of Teo's indecisiveness and his attitude towards his stepdad, while I was frustrated with Jane and her insecurity regarding her intellect, but also I was frustrated about how she thought about college.
But after a few chapters, finding out more about Teo, and finding out more about Jane, I saw two wonderful people who had some great abilities. Jane for instance kind of has plans for her future, and she still is thinking about it a lot. Something that I would say is normal for a girl her age. There aren't a lot of people who know exactly what they want and how they want it at that age. Even older people often just don't know about stuff. And Teo, after seeing how desperately his stepdad is trying to be some kind of friend or dad, I could imagine that he would want to find his real dad.

I really loved the story, and that we saw stuff happening from more than one POV. It gave the story some extra dimension, made it more fun and interesting. However, the story does start a bit slow, it took me a bit to get into it, and that is a shame. A book really needs to grab you by the nose from the start. Not 20, not 50, not 70 pages later.

The story takes place over the summer with each of them various things to do. Jane is babysitting (and those parts were just so much fun to read, Jane is great with kids, and I loved to read about the antics of those kids, really you got to keep an eye on that trio), Teo is working at the pool + of course doing the magic search for his dad, and Margo? Trying to connect with a certain someone (those parts were also really wonderful, though I had wished for more of them. It felt like Margo got the short end of the stick. And sure, I can imagine why, it is a love story, and Margo's story just kind of falls out of that, but I still wish she could have had more of a spotlight. Maybe a novella? Or a book about Margo? I would so read and buy it!)

I also love that we had the magic 8 ball and how at times Jane asked it questions when she was in need of answers. :)

However, there are 2 reasons why I didn't rate this book a 5 stars, or 5+ stars. And that is Ravi, and the 2 mothers. Ravi was just a dick. I am not even going to go rant about him, he doesn't deserve my time. Just this, the reason why he is such a dick towards Jane? WTF is wrong with you boy? Brain-damaged much?
And then we have Jane's mom, who never listens to her daughter, but instead pushes, pushes and pushes her daughter to something that her daughter doesn't want to. And she doesn't even give her daughter the time or the day to prepare for a talk about stuff. No, if mom wants to talk, one has to talk. But if the daughter wants to start about it, oh no no no, that is just not done. *rolls eyes*
Lastly, the mother of Teo. I can understand her reasons why she did all this, but seriously, it is also just messed up and pathetic. Sorry, maybe this is mean, but that is how I feel.

But all in all, this is one amazing and fun book, and I would highly recommend it to everyone looking for a fun contemporary book with a lot of realistic issues (College or not? Sexuality. Real dads and families). As soon as this one comes out? I would say grab a copy and read it!

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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text 2015-09-12 14:06
Klar ist es Liebe
Klar ist es Liebe - Sandy Hall,Simon Jäger,Inka Löwendorf,Mechthild Großmann,Detlef Bierstedt,Sauerländer Audio

Zum Inhalt:

Zwei Verliebte, 14 Erzähler – eine außergewöhnliche romantische Komödie zum Mitverlieben und Mitleiden

Lea und Gabe wären das perfekte Paar. Das erkennen alle um sie herum: der beste Freund, die Mitbewohnerin, ja sogar der Busfahrer und die Starbucks-Bedienung. Sie haben denselben College-Kurs belegt, sie bestellen das gleiche Essen, die mögen dieselben Filme. Aber obwohl die Luft zwischen ihnen knistert und alle Vorzeichen stimmen, scheinen sie den richtigen Augenblick immer zu verpassen. Werden Lea und Gabe es schaffen, trotzdem zueinanderzufinden?

Meine Meinung:

Sehr interessant fand ich, dass es 14 Erzähler gab, man kam aber trotzdem sehr schnell mit den vielen verschiedenen Charakteren zurecht.

Ich muss aber sagen, dass ich das Eichhörnchen etwas nervig fand, ansonsten haben mir die Erzähler aber alle gut gefallen.

Die Geschichte selbst hat mir gut gefallen, das Thema Liebe wurde mal ganz anders angegangen, fand ich sehr interessant. Man lernt die beiden Hauptprotagonisten Lea und Gabe nur über die Erzählungen der anderen Beteiligten kennen. Ich fand es im Mittelteil nur etwas langatmig, weil sich nicht wirklich etwas getan hat.

Insgesamt gesehen ließ sich das Hörbuch superschnell hören, eine schöne lockerleichte Liebesgeschichte, mal etwas anders erzählt, für Zwischendurch. Ich kann es daher auf jeden Fall weiter empfehlen.

Ich fand es auch sehr hilfreich, auf diese Weise 14 verschiedene Hörbuchsprecher/innen kennenzulernen.

Von mir bekommt das Hörbuch 4 Sterne.

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review 2015-02-26 00:00
A Little Something Different
A Little Something Different - Sandy Hall this is my kind of read when i just want to relax. read this for like three hours coz it is a fun read. Sandy Hall did a great job writing this witty and cute and adorable story of Gabe and Lea who's in like with each other. Just the light feels that will make you swoon and smile as you hear from different POV who are shippers of Gabe and Lea. I feel them coz I've been an avid shipper of different couples too. And guess what, I'm the new recruit. I already shipped them too. And my favorite part: the bench and the squirrel's POV. That was unexpected but it is the cutest thing; to hear from the bench and the squirrel. two thumbs up!!! a must must read :)
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review 2015-02-09 00:00
A Little Something Different
A Little Something Different - Sandy Hall Silly squirrel!
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