Author: Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads, 272 pages
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
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....
I really wasn't sure how I would like 14 different POVs, especially when the POVs do not include the two main characters, but I absolutely loved this book. Somehow, it just worked. I never got confused with who was who, the writing flowed and the dialogue was incredible.
The author is a genius, making me fall in love with Lea and Gabe without getting into their heads. How did she do that? I thought for sure that I would feel emotionally disconnected with this story, but I didn't. They were so cute. The POVs from the bench and the squirrel were a little silly, but it did give me more insight into Lea and Gabe.
I also loved the college setting and having one of the POVs being the creative writing professor who likes to play matchmaker.
There's a fascinating interview with the author at the end of the book along with discussion questions. The author wrote the first draft in six days…what??
What a fun fun book! Highly recommend.
Posted by: Pam