August 29, 2014 by Heidi
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….
Title: A Little Something Different [Goodreads]
Author: Sandy Hall [Twitter]
Standing: Stand alone.
Genre: Young/New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published: August 26th, 2014 by Swoon Reads
Format: Paperback; 272 pgs.
Source: ARC from Swoon Reads.
It’s back to school time boys and girls! And what better way to herald the end of summer and welcome the sheer and utter joy of fall than with an adorable school-centric romance? Okay, okay, tights and scarves and fingerless gloves are also good choices, but it’s not quite cool enough for that yet, so romance it will have to be!
Sandy Hall’s debut, A Little Something Different, is exactly that. Marking itself as the flagship title of Swoom Reads, Macmillan’s new unique crowd sourcing publishing imprint, A Little Something Different obviously had fans before it even hit paper. The two go well together–an interesting and new way to approach publishing and an interesting and new way to approach telling a story.
In A Little Something Different Sandy Hall does a pretty spectacular job of telling a story about two characters without ever letting us see things from those characters’ points of view. The story of Gabe and Lea, hopelessly shy and awkward pair that they are, is told through the eyes of 14 other characters. Instead of becoming invested in their relationship because of their own feelings, we as readers have to become invested in their relationship because of others’ investment. It’s a little stalkery, yes, but also more than a little bit charming to see these two unfold under the speculation and prodding of friends, bus drivers, professors and baristas. That said, the book really could have done without at least two of these perspectives–bench? Squirrel? Yeah…those two didn’t quite work for me, and it was a bit of a stretch for a way to have us observe Lea and Gabe interact without other people around.
Regardless, if it’s a fun, quick, light read that’s absolutely perfect for this time of year. A Little Something Different is what new adult should be (read: books written for and about young adults beyond their high school years living real actual lives), not to mention it has one of my absolute favorite covers of the year!
The good folks over at Swoon Reads have been kind enough to offer my readers one finished copy of A Little Something Different for a lucky winner to enjoy.
A couple of rules as usual:
- US Only
- Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my ‘yer a winner’ e-mail before another winner will be chosen.