I received this book for free from the Publisher at BookCon 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 Macmillan on 2014-08-26
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: the Publisher at BookCon
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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, somethingis 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....
A Little Something Different offers exactly what the title suggests, a little something different. One of the biggest pros for this book was how uniquely the story is told. We get 14 different POVs and none of them are from either character involved in the actual romance in the book. Unfortunately, while I did enjoy this part of the book, I wasn’t completely sold on the rest of it. Here are my pros and cons for A Little Something Different.
As I mentioned above, my favorite part of this book is the unique way in which the story is told. There are 14 individual POVs and neither of them are Gabe’s or Lea’s. It was actually quite interesting watching the story and romance unfold from the outside, it was a lot like watching a movie in that way. And we don’t just get POVs from people, we get them from a squirrel and other objects that I’ll let you find out about. It was quite fun! I did have a little trouble keeping people straight in the beginning because there is a header for each POV telling you who is talking but each POV is told from first person, so once you get into their part, it’s a lot of I’s and sometimes remembering was difficult, especially in the beginning before I had all of the characters straight. But in the end, this was definitely one of the best parts of the book.
My next favorite part of the book was the romance. I love underdogs and awkward characters and characters who overcome their fears, etc. etc. This book has all of those. Both Gabe and Lea are shy, a little awkward, nervous, worriers, and all those things. Though they have different reasons for why they act the way they do. But seeing them trying to talk to each other and talking about each other to their friends was definitely cute. Plus, the shortness of the book is good because the awkwardness was just on the verge of becoming annoying. If shy and awkward characters annoy you, you should probably skip this book.
I do have to say that with the multiple POVs things sometimes did feel a little creeperish and weird. All of these random people just kept watching these two characters and hoping they’d get together. It was a little weird how involved some of them got into two stranger’s lives. I appreciate that people want other people to be happy and seeing people falling in love is always fun, but in real life something like this would probably be considered stalking and not cute at all. It worked in the book, but I definitely noticed that in real life it would be weird. Also, a few of the POVs were very stereotypical. I know with less than 300 pages and 14 POVs, each on average is getting less than 20 pages to tell their side, but it would have been nice to see at least a little depth to all of them and not just stereotypical personalities.
Even with my few issues with the book, I’d still recommend it. If you’re a fan of YA contemporary romances, I think you should give it a chance. You should not expect the most breathtaking romance or groundbreaking story, but the use of POVs is unique and interesting. It’s a really quick read with pretty decent and sometimes very funny writing. I enjoyed it enough to check out Sandy Hall’s future works but A Little Something Different will not end up on my favorites of 2014 list.