I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Published by Swoon Reads on August 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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....
Lea and Gabe belong together…or at least that’s what the majority of the people in this book want to believe. So why do strangers, from bus drivers to squirrels, want this relationship to blossom? Because Lea and Gabe are practically the same person! And two boring people must realize that they have feelings for each other, even though they barely speak to one another. Are you following this? Because A Little Something Different left me wishing that I had read, well, something different.
The first issue that I have with this novel, and unfortunately it is the only reason this one stands out from other stories, is the multiple points of view. While some were okay, others were pointless. Why do you need to know what a bench (yes, you read that right) is thinking? How does that help the story? And why do I care that the main characters like to talk to the same squirrel–because that makes sense–and it can’t find its acorns? Since the story takes place over a year and the plot moves at a slower pace than it should, I lost interest rather quickly. This leaves me very unimpressed, especially considering the fact that this book is so short.
Aside from the very simplistic (if not outright immature) writing, I was left with one question: why in the world is EVERYONE interested in getting Lea and Gabe together? I don’t know about you, but life is hard enough to take the time to worry about somebody else’s love life. Other than some physical attraction between the two, I feel like everyone’s interest doesn’t have a foundation at all. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing special about Lea or Gabe to instantly make them great for each other. This might be a side effect of having so many points of view. Since everyone gets a chance to comment in this story but the main characters, I didn’t feel like I got to know them at all. Also, I need you to keep in mind that this story takes place in college, apparently, in one so small that everyone runs into each other. I’m not sure why the author set this in college if the story reads like it takes place in high school.
The only reason I gave this novel two stars instead of one is because I think some of you might enjoy it. Unfortunately, I can’t talk about any positives because I didn’t like anything enough to take the time to tell you about it.