Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different
Author:  Sandy Hall
Publisher:  Swoon Reads, 272 pages
Publication Date:  August 26, 2014

From Goodreads:
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....

Freaking.  Adorable.  

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


  1. I've heard such good things about this one! I have been a little worried about disconnect w/the 14 different POVs, but everybody says it totally works so I'm definitely going to check this one out!

  2. I'm definitely on the fence about this book because I'm thinking without the POV of the two people the book is about that I'll have no connection. However I get the feeling I'm going to enjoy it anyway. Hmm, I don't know. Great review!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I am really excited to read it and experience the adorableness!

  4. YAY. I'm glad you liked this one too! Wasn't crazy about some of the POVs, but most of them were hilarious and so different! As a person who loves to ship things, this was definitely my type of book. :)

  5. YAY!!!! I ave this one but was quite nervous to start it, but now I am itching to get to it. I think it might be my next read.