A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT
By: SANDY HALL
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Published by: Swoon Reads
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....
Sandy Hall’s A Little Something Different is SUCH an adorable read. I seriously feel like I’m about to puke rainbows and unicorns and happiness any minute now. This book gave me a million fluffy feelings and I’m so happy I just want to lay down and succumb to all the cute feels~ As a fangirl who gets
rabid hardcore when shipping her OTP (I have about a hundred), I can relate to this book. So. Effin. Hard.
A Little Something Different is told from an alternating point of views of a bunch of people (and a squirrel and a bench) who ship the same OTP. Gabe and Lea are both college students who have just met each at an arts class. Both are painfully shy around each other initially- okay, I admit “initially” is a stretch because they’re practically shy around each other for the majority of the book, but IMO, it just made the story all the more cute and shippy. It didn’t take long for them to get attracted to each other though and this is where the problem starts. They’re attracted to each other but they don’t know how to approach each other. And so enter the narrators who all ended up rooting for the protagonists to end up together.
It was very interesting to see Gabe and Lea’s story unfold via narration of the people around them. To be perfectly honest, I don't think Gabe and Lea are the type of characters whose romantic thoughts I would want to get too much information on so IMO the way this is told is just about perfect! Well, almost. The only thing I didn't like about this book is how Lea and her friends are so rude to Hillary behind her back, calling her names just because Hillary likes Gabe and is not afraid to act on it unlike Lea. Among the narrators however, my favorite are Charlotte and Victor. At first they were both bitchy and rude toward Gabe and Lea but as they got pulled into their story, they gradually turned into shippers themselves.
A Little Something Different is really a cute read. I can’t stress enough just how giddy this book made me feel that there were times I had to stop reading because I could not contain the all the butterflies in my stomach. Imagine your OTP doing all the adorable stuff you’ve been wanting them to do. That feeling of utter happiness for them, I felt that in this book. There are lots of aww moments and because I can relate to the narrators, this holds a special place in my heart now. Really, everyone should just drop whatever they're doing and read this adorable thing and just feel happy because we all deserve it!
4.5 Fairy wings!