Title: A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads
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The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, somethingis happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.
Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together…. (Source: Goodreads)
A Little Something Different is just that, a little something different. This book is a love story from the point of view of every other person, thing, animal except for the two people falling in love. Lea and Gabe are adorable balls of fluffy cuteness who whirl around each other totally in love without realizing it or doing anything about it. Everyone else is stuck watching them fly towards and around each other without ever hitching up until they finally make things happen. It’s wonderful and cute and everything. Hall, and Swoon Reads’, first piece of work is exactly what I was hoping for when I first heard about it.
So you might think that because it’s everyone but Lea and Gabe that you’re hearing from maybe you won’t really get to know them. You would be totally wrong though. Despite the fact that you’re not privy to their innermost thoughts you get to know Gabe and Lea really well. They become friends, you root for them and learn to love their quirks and intricacies. Like their friends, and all the strangers that becomes friends, you root for them every step of the way.
You might also think “OMG, there’s like a million perspectives in this book, there’s no way this’ll ever work. That’s going to be so confusing.” Once again, you’d be wrong. Hall manages all 14 perspectives amazingly. You get to know everyone, and everything, in the book fairly well. Hall really creates 14 unique voices throughout the book. My favourites? The bench and the squirrel. They are honestly the funniest and cutest voice in the book and provide some humour and cute lines to this book. I also kind of ship Gabe/Bench and Lea/Squirrel or Squirrel/Bench. Which is weird, but I mean come on the way that bench describes Gabe’s butt? Cute. The only real problem with having 14 perspectives that aren’t Gabe and Lea? I wanted more about these other voices. I wanted to see Maribel, Bianca, Sam, Bailey, and Casey fall in love or be just…regular friends without it being all about Lea and Gabe. I wanted to see Charlotte, Keith, and Tabitha hanging out. I wanted to know them the way I knew Gabe and Lea because I wanted to part of their circles. They’re all amazing voices, even snarky Victor was fun, so it would be great to get more of them.
The plot is a pretty standard romance. There’s nothing super special about it, which isn’t meant to say “oh this is nothing new, who cares, pass” because uh…no. Read it. But honestly, don’t expect anything like “NEW”. I think the narration style is the real unique quality of the book, and it only serves to make the plot even better. The romance is sweet, the humour is great, the dialogue is fun with lots of fantastic cultural references. One thing I’d note as a fault? The dialogue gets a little confusing sometimes. I think there are a few editing problems where one person speaks twice in a row but there’s nothing there to show it. Other than that it’s good. It is a little fast paced, which really goes back to the fact that it’s only about Gabe and Lea so everything happens in leaps and bounds and skips over a lot of other stuff, making the pace a little…speedy.
Overall, I loved this book. I gobbled the whole thing up in only a few hours, sadly taking a break to run errands, but I could have consumed the whole thing in one sitting. It was cute, sweet, funny, and something different. I highly recommend this!