It’s no secret that we at THP are obsessed with diverse books and authors. So when we got the chance to review an anthology featuring 13 multicultural YA authors, you know we had to jump on it! All Signs Point To Yes gives us a love story for every astrological sign, in every sense of the word “love.” Here are some of our thoughts!
Summary: A haunted Aquarius finds love behind the veil. An ambitious Aries will do anything to stay in the spotlight. A foodie Taurus discovers the best eats in town (with a side of romance). A witchy Cancer stumbles into a curious meet-cute.
Whether it’s romantic, platonic, familial, or something else you can’t quite define, love is the thing that connects us. All Signs Point to Yes will take you on a journey from your own backyard to the world beyond the living as it settles us among the stars for thirteen stories of love and life.
These stories will touch your heart, speak to your soul, and have you reaching for your horoscope forevermore.
g. haron davis (Aries)
Adrianne White (Aquarius)
Cam Montgomery (Ophiuchus)
Tehlor Kay Mejia (Gemini)
Mark Oshiro (Libra)
Eric Smith (Scorpio)
Emery Lee (Pisces)
Byron Graves (Virgo)
Karuna Riazi (Cancer)
Roselle Lim (Taurus)
Alexandra Villasante (Capricorn)
Lily Anderson (Sagittarius)
Kiana Nguyen (Leo)
It’s Incredibly Inclusive
This one seems obvious, but All Signs Point To Yes is a breath of fresh air when it comes to diverse representation. And it goes even further than the fact that the authors and protagonists of each short story are BIPOC. The anthology repeatedly uses they/them pronouns. It centers on romances between people of many different sexualities. It includes deaf characters, people with vitiligo, and polyamorous relationships, among many others. The writers weave in these details so naturally, and we’d love to get used to reading books like this.
You Don’t Have To Read It In Order
All Signs Point To Yes starts with Aries and ends with Pisces. For our review, we read the book in this order, but we soon realized how well it’d read in any order. The short stories are meant to be read individually, so readers can skip around as they see fit. You can start by reading the story for your star sign, then your partner’s sign, a family member’s, or a close friend’s. Whether they are relatable or not, we can appreciate diverse love stories in any form.
We Need Longer Versions (Please)
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: we love diverse love stories. But the only downside to reading short diverse love stories is the desperate need to know what happens next. We’re nosy like that. Do they put a label on their relationship? What’s their couple dynamic like? How does the family change from here? There were a few abrupt endings that left us wanting more, but we can be certain that love keeps these characters together.
All Signs Point To Yes—edited by g. haron davis, Cam Montgomery, and Adrianne White—is out May 31st and is available for preorder here!
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