Review: A Little Something Different

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Format/Source: paperback, borrowed
Rating: 3.5-4/5 stars 
Part of a series? Nope! 

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....

A Little Something Different has been on my TBR since ARCs of it were put into circulation. I was immediately drawn in by 1.) the adorable cover and 2.) the interesting synopsis. I could practically feel the cute through my laptop at the time. And let me tell you, I was not wrong about the cute; it will ooze through the pages and make your heart do fluttery things. 

Let's just talk about how this book is written from the point of view of fourteen different people/animals/inanimate objects, and NONE of them are either of the main characters. I thought I'd have a problem with that because how would that work? How would I keep track of all the characters? Why is a bench a character in this book? There were many different questions running through my head. To answer them, it worked because it did. That may be the worst answer to a question ever, but it's hard to explain. I liked it, but it may not work for everybody. It wasn't all too difficult for me to keep track of the characters. Each had their own tone and voice, so even if they weren't explicitly labeled, I feel like I would have been able to tell. And I have no idea why the bench is a character in this book, but I definitely enjoyed reading from his point of view. He's a snarky one, that bench is. 

Moving on from the bench, the other characters were fun, too. I enjoyed watching Lea and Gabe's interactions through their eyes, though not knowing what was floating through each of their heads was a bit frustrating at times. I particularly liked the baristas at Starbucks and Maxine at the diner because they shipped it so hard. 

To sum it up, this was an adorably fun, uniquely told romance, perfect for when you need a little splash of cute in your life after a rough day, or if you're looking for a little something different. :)