A Little Something Different – by Sandy Hall

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Summary from Goodreads below:

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….

The fourteen viewpoints were an interesting touch with this book as I haven’t seen any book with that many before. It was especially interesting as none of the viewpoints were from the main characters themselves – Azalea and Gabe. However there were a couple of viewpoints that I felt could have been left out, such as the bench and the squirrel. Another problem I have with the viewpoints was Victor’s point of view as it seemed to me that he hated Lea and Gabe and it felt a little as if his character was forced.

While reading this book, it did make me wish that Australia had a Starbucks, but instead I pictured my favourite local coffeeshop instead – a place called Hudson’s Coffee.

Spoiler Alert!

Gabe being in a car crash was also what I had guessed his problem was, but for him to act that way I thought someone had died in the crash. Whether someone died or not, it is still a big deal, definitely. But for him to be stuck on it for that long – that’s why I thought someone may have died.

On a happier note, I’m glad that they finally ended up together and when they kissed, it literally made me say “Aww! So cute!” aloud.

End Spoilers!

The author did do a good job with making the main characters likable though. My favourite secondary character would probably have to be their creative writing teacher though as I would probably have done a similar sort of thing if I was in that position.

Rating: 4/5

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