Friday, January 30, 2015
Book Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Author: Sandy Hall
Source: 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....
This book sat on my shelf for months, until the other night when I was blessed by a case of insomnia. Wandering the house, looking for something lighthearted to sink into, I saw this on the bookcase, grabbed it, and retreated back to my bed. Where I proceeded to read this book cover to cover.
A Little Something Different is a YA book, a simple little book really, not too complex or crazy. Just fun and easy breezy. It is written from 14 multiple viewpoints, which seems like it could be annoying, but it really wasn't. Interestingly enough, the one point of view missing was that of the main character Lea, and it didn't seem to matter. We see her through the eyes of many different people, and in some cases, non-people; these points of view are enough to give the reader a clear picture of the character. Were some of the character a little flat? Yeah, I would say so. There just wasn't enough material for each character to be given a chance to grow or be expansive. Were some of the characters unlikable? Yes - in my opinion the college professor was the worst! She was a catalyst for movement in the plot, but at the same time I couldn't get behind some of her actions. She is one of the few adult points of view, yet she behaved questionably a few times, in my opinion.
Overall though, I found this book to be enjoyable. It was perfect for the moment I was in, needing something light and fluffy to read. I wouldn't read this book expecting big things - it is more of a sweet little read, quick, easy, and fun.