Author: Sandy Hall

Book Review – A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Posted February 13, 2015 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Read in 2015, YA / 3 Comments

Book Review – A Little Something Different by Sandy HallA Little Something Different on August 26th 2014
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
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Swoon Reads proudly presents its first novel—an irresistible and original romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.

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 it seems like they are never going to work things out.

But something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. You’ll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in this irresistibly quirky, completely original novel, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers to be the debut title for the new Swoon Reads imprint!

Gabe and Lea are the only ones that don’t see that they belong together. A Little Something Different is interestingly told from fourteen different points of view of everyone around them, including a squirrel and a bench. Yes, you read that right. Gabe is terribly shy despite the fact that he does in fact like Lea and Lea, try as she might, she can’t seem to get through to him. Does he just not like her? Does he have a girlfriend? Is he gay? Oh, the mental drama we subject ourselves to when trying to determine if a crush likes us back.

A unique aspect of this book is the style of writing. While it wasn’t my favorite at first and the quirky few (namely the squirrel and bench) did seem rather odd, it definitely grew on me. I don’t know about you, but I’m a total people watcher, and it was pretty adorable how so many people took an interest in Gabe and Lea and their seemingly inevitable relationship. Even Victor, the moody kid in their Creative Writing class, couldn’t resist taking an interest in their shenanigans:

“…you two assholes are the most annoyingly cute thing I’ve ever seen. I’m annoyed at myself for even using the word ‘cute’. I feel sick to my stomach over using that word.”

If you were wondering, I’m a total Victor.

So while it was all cute and fluffy fun, there were some downsides that I can’t help but mention. I did wish that Gabe and Lea’s points of view were also included in the mix because while we do get a feel for their thoughts via their friends, it would have been better to have it firsthand. Another thing is I honestly couldn’t see why everyone thought Lea and Gabe were perfect for each other, especially with all the one-sided conversations Lea had with him where he literally said nothing. This happened for MONTHS. There’s shy (and yes, I get it that he was dealing with other issues as well) but after a point, I wondered why Lea seriously even bothered. Their interactions with one another gave the story a very adolescent feel and when suddenly they’re at a party getting drunk it kind of threw me for a bit. And then there was the unnecessary lady-bashing when everyone thought Gabe liked this other girl in their Creative Writing class:

“There really is no point,” Lea says. “Even if he does like girls, he’s totally into this girl Hillary in creative writing.”
“Sounds like Hillary is a skank queen of Cockblock-ville.”

But despite Victor and I’s shared moodiness, I still found myself charmed by this simple and sweet tale. It’s definitely one to save for when you’re in need of some serious fluff.

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