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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 2014
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read in July 2017
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….
This was by far one of the most unique and original contemporary books, or maybe even any book, that I have ever read. And while the story line itself wasn’t extremely original, (though it was super cute) it was the writing style that made it so incredibly unique and enticing.
This book is told in many different points if view. Fourteen to be exact. Yes, you read that correctly. There are a whopping fourteen POVs. You’d think that with fourteen different viewpoints the voices wouldn’t be all that distinct. But somehow, someway, this author managed to pull it off, and extremely well too.
I’ve read books with just two or three different points of view, and still the voices of the characters are difficult to distinguish between. But in this story, it was so easy to tell who was speaking without even looking at the name. Each and every character had a completely different outlook on the story, and even their own sense of humour. My favourite character to read from was probably Victor, as I loved his blatantly honest and cruel sense of humour and the way that he truly despised Lea and Gabe, and yet rooted for them all the same. I also enjoyed Sam’s point of view quite a lot because of how much he really cared for his brother, which was super sweet and admirable. And the squirrel’s perspective was pretty cute too, especially because of how disorganized and bouncy his thoughts were.
Overall, I have a huge amount of respect for this author and I am absolutely amazed as to how she managed to create so many unique, distinct, and intriguing points of view. This brings me to my other point of how despite the fact that there were fourteen different POVs, none of which were actually the two main characters, the story still flowed smoothly and there weren’t any loopholes or confusion in the plot. I think it was pretty impressive.
Additionally, I really enjoyed how the book was divided into months; it really helped keep things nice and organized. That in addition to the super short sections of each point of view made the book fly right by (in a good way).
Also, bonus points for having some amazing diversity within the characters! There were characters of a variety of races and sexualities, which was awesome!
If you’re looking for a super cute, warm and fuzzy contemporary that’s also a bit of a breath of fresh air, I would really suggest giving this one a go.
P.S. How adorable is this cover!? It fits the story so well and it’s just too cute (just like the book!)
Is this book on your TBR list?
Have you already read it? What did you think of the many different viewpoints?Which one was your favourite?
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