Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

20801166 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: August 26, 2014 by Swoon Reads
Length: 272 pages
Source: bought (at Target)

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….


Honestly, I have mixed feelings for this book and I’m still deciding whether I want to give it a 3.5 stars or 4 stars rating. What I love about this book is how the romance is not told by the two main characters. The people and even animals around the couple tells the story of how these two characters, Lea and Gabe, fall in love. I have never read anything like that and I think that is what makes this book unique. If it were told by the two main characters though, I think this book would be very boring because it would probably consist of Lea and Gabe just telling the readers whether they should make a move or not. It was interesting to read how their friends, the bench, a squirrel, Starbucks baristas, and their English professor view Lea and Gabe. I also love how all of the characters were so realistic and different from one another which made it easier to differentiate and remember each characters.

What annoyed me though is Lea and Gabe obviously like each other (it was so obvious that even a squirrel could tell) but they do not talk to each other. Every time they see each other, they just wave. At times, I just wanted to smack both of their heads.

Overall it was a great and fluffy read . I would definitely recommend it because it was funny at times and was such an easy read. You can breeze through it in one sitting, and I think it’s best to read this during the fall/winter.

4 of 5

7 Responses to “Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall”

  1. 1 One Curvy Blogger October 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    The animals too? Boy, that IS different… Hehe… I know how you feel about not knowing what to rate. I just had the same problem >_> It’s frustrating.

  2. 2 Ariella Lee October 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Hands down, my favourite character is the bench (he’s always going on about that perfect butt lol). And thanks for the comment on my review about this book! Ah it is quite frustrating to watch these two but doesn’t that build for a greater sense of accomplishment when they FINALLY get together? Hell, I think I loved it that much because I’m just like the two of them. When my crush comes around I just panick in my head SHOULD I DROP A HINT.. and end up doing nothing instead (and acting like I didn’t even notice him). *sigh* sad life…

  3. 3 Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure October 8, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    This definitely looks unique! I’m looking forward to reading it, though there are a few things I’m nervous about. Multiple perspectives, a shorter length, and fluffiness are all things that tend to make me like a book less and having the three in one book may not work out so well. Or maybe it will. 🙂

    Great review, Leigh!

  4. 5 thesepaperhearts October 10, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    I don’t usually like books with multiple perspectives like this, although the animal perspectives do sound interesting haha =) I think I would want to smack both of them too for being so oblivious :/ I think I would have to be in the right mood to read this one. Thanks for the review!

  5. 7 Nicole @ The Quiet Concert October 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    I really want to read this one just for the adorableness and happy feels. Your not the first to get a little frustrated with Lea and Gabe though so I will watch out for that!

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