"Review My Books" Review by Ryann Dannelly
by Sandy Hall
Genre: YA Contemporary, NA, Romance
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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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.Everyone sees it. Gabe and Lea are meant to be together. It’s that simple. They couldn’t be more perfect. Their roommates see it. Their friends see it. A creative writing professor, a deliver guy, siblings, a squirrel, classmates, a bench—they all see the same thing. But there’s just one little problem. Gabe and Lea can’t seem to pull it together, let alone hold a cohesive conversation. He’s hiding behind his past and she’s too reserved to actually speak more than monosyllable words.
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. You'll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in Sandy Hall's quirky, completely original novel A Little Something Different, chosen by readers, writes, and publishers, to be the debut titles for the new Swoon Reads imprint!
But if everyone else can see it, maybe Gabe and Lea can eventually figure out that they are in fact perfect for each other. They’ve got an entire year at college to figure it out, hopefully.
It’s a love story told through sixteen perspectives—none of which are Gabe and Lea’s.
What a cute and original way to tell a love story. The sixteen perspectives make this book stand out from others in its genre. You aren’t inside Gabe or Lea’s head, experiencing the story from them.
Instead, you witness it from everyone else’s perspectives. In theory, sixteen perspectives could become quite confusing to follow. But it works. The story flows so that all the characters are independent. They’re all so distinct and provide different insight on what’s going on with Gabe and Lea’s story.
This book will warm your heart.
The writing is simple, which will let you fly through the book. I read it in under a day and couldn’t stop grinning, particularly reading certain perspectives—like the squirrel, Gabe’s friends, or the professor who hardcore ships a relationship between two of her students.
I highly recommend this story purely for its originality. It’s a spin on the love story I’ve been waiting for—something a little different to pull you in and not let go until Gabe and Lea finally pull it all together.