Author: Sandy Hall
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: Bought from Fully Booked
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….
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A Little Something Different is completely something out of the ordinary. The idea of a story told in fourteen viewpoints seems a bit confusing, don’t you think? Questions like “Wouldn’t this story be difficult to understand?” and “Would I be able to follow the story without getting a headache?” clouded my mind. However, I set aside my doubtful thoughts and let my contemporary YA-loving self surrender to the pull of the book’s catchy storyline and the intriguing manner by which it is told.
For a debut novel, A Little Something Different is a clever breakthrough in contemporary YA storytelling. Each narrator’s voice has a distinct sound and charisma that made the multiple POVs work perfectly well. It wasn’t confusing as I expected it to be. Reading the book actually felt like devouring a box of assorted chocolates. You get a taste of the same thing in different flavors, which is totally awesome! In young adult fiction, anything is possible. A Little Something Different is a great example of a book that showcases the unlimited probabilities of how stories are told. Moreover, author Sandy Hall’s straightforward and intelligible writing heightened the genuine feel of the story’s present day situation.
I read A Little Something Different in a breeze because it’s the kind of book that you couldn’t put down even if you need to pee. The narrators are very entertaining so is the story they are telling. I was an explosion of giggles and smiles from page one! Gabe and Lea are adorable characters. Both have spark since the beginning and it was so fun seeing them respond to the attraction they have towards each other. A Little Something Different really did a great job in encapsulating a developing romance fueled by shyness, insecurities, mixed signals, and awkward encounters.
A smart and original novel, A Little Something Different is a light contemporary romance that will charm your heart in no time.