Title: Something A Little Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Published: August 28th 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Childrens Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 272 pages
Source: Paperback purchased with Amazon Gift Card
Book Blurb (via 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, 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…
I’m going to be completely honest here and say that I bought this book purely to make up the amount on a gift card I had received for Christmas. I’m not usually a big fan of romance novels and I wasn’t sure how much I would like this one. The cover had caught my eye (along with the price) and I knew that if I ended up hating it, I could always give it to a friend of mine who does enjoy romance books.
Having said that, I loved this.
The title of this novel is definitely very apt. I’ve never read a story before where the two main characters aren’t given a view point. Instead, the story is told from the perspective of their friends, teacher, waitress, delivery guy, and even a bench! I loved the sense of humour that the author weaved into this story, it made it quirky and fun and definitely something that I enjoyed. There was even a couple references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Throughout the story, we’re teased with the knowledge that there is something wrong with Gabe that makes him wary of approaching Lea in a romantic way. This leads to all kinds of frustrating almosts between the pair and if you’re not careful, you’ll end up yelling at the book because you just want things to happen for them. It’s not until much later that we find out exactly what happened to make Gabe so shy and unresponsive at times. It makes a whole lot of sense when you actually know.
Poor Lea spends the majority of the novel completely confused over her feelings for Gabe and his feelings for her, and your heart goes out to the girl because honestly, they are practically the most perfect, adorable bundle of cuteness ever when they’re together. Even their overly cynical, grumpy classmate Victor can see that!
I definitely think that this is a style of writing I would love to see again. It adds so much to the reading experience not knowing exactly what the two main love interests are thinking before, during, and after near misses. I have to say that the fact that everyone wanted them to be together was really funny at times. Some of the viewpoints were the epitomy of fangirls shoving their otps together and yelling ‘now kiss!’.
This story gives you the warm fuzzies and leaves you with a smile on your face because it’s just one of those books that is so damn cute! I highly recommend this one to fans of romance and contemporary books, especially ones that have a splash of nerdiness thrown in.
I can see this being my go-to book when I’m in need of something light and fluffy to cheer me up.
About the Author
Sandy Hall is an author and librarian from New Jersey. She likes lots of things but especially books, both the reading and the writing of them.
Sandy’s first book, A Little Something Different was published by Swoon Reads in August 2014, followed by a second, Signs Point to Yes, in October 2015.
She grew up in a family that encouraged reading but she never actually meant to become an author. Failing expository writing her first year of college only solidified the idea that writing probably wouldn’t make a great career choice.
She went on to get a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science, both from Rutgers University.
Eventually she got over her writing failure and discovered that she kind of loved to write.
*Picture and biography from website.