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….
What I Thought
This book was super cute! I love how Sandy Hall took the typical rom-com/chick-lit formula, and made it unique. A Little Something Different is told from 14 (yes, 14!!) different points of view, and none of them are from the main characters.
I really enjoyed the concept of this book. It added an extra layer to what normally would have been secondary characters, or in some cases, nothing but a background character mentioned in passing. For me personally, I loved the baristas’ and the waitress’s points of view, because I can be nosey like that (haha! 😜), and I thought the squirrel’s point of view was so cute. Honestly, the only point of view I wasn’t as fond of was the bench’s point of view. The bench just came off as kind of creepy to me.
This book takes place over an entire school year, and I loved watching Lea and Gabe’s relationship grow over that time span. I loved how everybody had a part in their relationship. Honestly, I have no complaints about this book, that I can think of, whatsoever. Because of this, you may be surprised to hear that I’m only giving this book 3 stars. Let me explain though. This book is like cotton candy. It’s sweet, delicious, and oh-so-fun, but not much else is there. This book does not have a lot of substance, and that’s ok, it’s not meant to, just like cotton candy.
Overall though, if you’re looking for a super cute, funny, and a light, easy read, then A Little Something Different is the book for you!