I bought this book in preparation for a book festival I am going to on the 5th of March, 2016. The book, by Sandy Hall, came out on October 20, 2015 and is about 288 pages long.
I didn’t think I’d really enjoy this book from the summary on the back but after reading some of the reviews on Goodreads I decided to just give it a try. I’m glad that I did because it was a good, light hearted, fast read that I, for the most part, enjoyed.
The conversations that take place in the novel were among some of the most unrealistic that I have read in a book narrated by 2 teenagers. Sometimes they just didn’t feel real because they were given very minimal personality and that bugged me. I will admit though that the book is very cliche and entirely cute fluff. Which is great if your looking for a cute, short read that will make you smile, if thats not what you look for in a book this probably isn’t the one for you.
The book starts off by introducing you to Jane and her magic 8 ball. Jane’s looking for a summer job that will give her the chance to not do an internship where her mother works, so when she sees someone looking for a babysitter on line she takes a chance and applies for the job. When her phone rings minutes later she’s shocked to find that the job is right down the street and she’s known the family for what seems like forever. Jane ends up taking the babysitting job with Teos family. Teo, a nerdy and hot lifeguard with problems of his own, ends up becoming Janes new crush. When Teos friend leaves town he is left with no one to talk to except Jane, thus beginning their friendship. But will they be able to make each others summer bearable?
Jane relies so much on the ball for her problems its amazing that she could do half of the stuff she did. Every time she would pull out the 8 ball (which she takes everywhere) she would come across as a young teen who couldn’t make decisions on her own. She’s 18 damn it, she shouldn’t have to ask a ball whether or not she should do something. I will admit that Jane did grow on me (about half way into the book) but she still annoyed me with her childish attachment to the magic 8 ball.
Teo though, was a great character. Because the book is written in multiple POVs you got an understanding of what was going through the main love interests mind. He’s a great guy who cares a lot for his 3 crazy half sisters, his best friend (who hates Jane for the stupidest reason) and his mom.
I think I’d give this book an overall 3.5 stars but since I can’t really do a half star I decided it was more of a 4 star book then it was a 3 star one. The only problem I had with this book was the magic 8 ball, while it was a cool idea I think it annoyed me more then anything else in the book. Without the 8 ball I think the book would have been better, for me personally at least.