Title: A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 26th 2014
Hardcover: 272 Pages
My Rating: ★★★★★
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.
This book was fantastic. It is told in fourteen different perspectives and written super great. I was very skeptical because of the perspectives amount. I thought, “Woah. How is this going to go?” because that is a very hard thing to do! Anyway, Sandy Hall achieved greatness with the perspectives, I was amazed!
We are told the story of Lea & Gabe throughout the multiple perspectives. Now, the perspectives are not all people but objects too which include a bench and a squirrel! Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class during their semester in college. Their creative writing teacher really starts off the story for the reader, she plays matchmaker every semester/year with students in her class. Lea and Gabe happen to be the couple for the year.
Throughout perspectives of a kid in their class, a Chinese delivery guy, Lea’s roommates, Gabe’s brother, Gabe’s brothers friend, Starbucks baristas, and more! We are told the story leading up to their relationship. They are always nervous near/around each other, never a word but secretly crushing on each other. IT’S ADORABLE!!! and awkward. They work up the courage every time but…fail miserably.
As the reader, thousands of questions pile up in your head because information is being thrown at you and you’re questioning it. But don’t worry! Sandy Hall sets everything into perspective and everything becomes clear for the reader. It’s amazing.
I loved getting to know the characters before really meeting them is really how I can best word it. We learn about the characters personality and their feelings toward one another before actually meeting them. That was my favorite part about this book.
Overall, my thoughts are nothing but positive! Thanks to this book I was pulled out of a book hangover. This may be my favorite New Adult book ever and I definitely will be adding Sandy Hall as an Auto-Buy author. This book was amazing and it was structured great. Seriously, go pick this up! You won’t regret it!
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