Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

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....

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My Rating: 2.5/5 Stars 

I did something unusual the other day. I picked up a book in Target solely based on the cover. Usually, I check multiple reviews before spending money on a novel. This time, I read no reviews and barely even skimmed the synopsis of A Little Something Different before tossing this adorably decorated book in my cart. Apparently, I was in serious need of some pure chick lit...

Gabe and Lea's story is told through a series of brief observations by their friends, professors, strangers, and even inanimate objects. Readers barely get to see inside Gabe and Lea's heads due to this distant storytelling style. I was half impressed by the originality of the format and half annoyed by how little I got to know the characters. 

Thoughts I Repeatedly Had While Reading: 

Does anyone actually care that much about observing two strangers? Honestly? 
Seriously...? A squirrel is contemplating human love lives...?
*cringe* Oh my that's awkward... oh please stop..... *cringing increases* 

In short, I spent a large chunk of my time while reading this novel rolling my eyes or exasperatedly turning pages. Gabe and Lea have the romantic skills of 8th graders, not to mention some questionable social skills. Their love story consists mostly of stolen glances, hesitant smiles, and awkward hellos. Instead of coming across as endearing, their relationship annoyed me. It took them 250+ pages to reach any semblance of understanding with each other. 

Having complained about Gabe and Lea's lack of interpersonal skills, I will say that their love story has a few fairly cute elements. The novel is also an extremely easy/quick read. However, I can think of dozens of other lighthearted romance novels that surpass A Little Something Different in numerous aspects. 

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