A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication: August 26, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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, something is 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….
Such a sweet and adorable read!
There are books that can simultaneously make you smile as you go through the pages, and A Little Something Different is one of them.
The story centers on two teenage main characters Gabe and Lea who share the same class in creative writing. They’re attracted to each other, but because they’re both being shy and awkward, they can’t seem to initiate a move in order to get closer. As the story goes, we get to know some of the people that surround them who eventually try to root for them to be together.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit because of its cuteness and uniqueness. It’s really something different. I’ve read some YA contemporaries but I’ve never encountered a book with so many POVs. And none of them are from the main characters. Yes. there were no narrations from either Gabe or Lea, but instead, just from the secondary characters such as Inga (the creative writing professor), Sam (Gabe’s brother), Charlotte (the barista), Danny (Lea’s friend), Bob (the bus driver), even the old bench and the squirrel! (Omg, the bench and the squirrel actually have a POV! LOL.)… and many other characters.
I most certainly liked the overall cuteness of this book. It’s a fun, light read and with simplistic writing– something to keep a reader entertained. The romance was also light but very immersing. It kept me involved and engaged in. And despite the numerous POVs, it didn’t confuse me, but instead, I found myself enjoying the witty dialogues and the fascinating characters. If you want a quirky, fun, and a little something different to read, I highly recommend this book!
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