Welcome back to Book Look! Sadly, this is the last edition for this school year. Summertime is coming around and everyone needs a perfect book to read while relaxing in the sun. With this in mind, I chose to write about a cute, sappy romance novel, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. Who doesn’t love a sweet little love story?
This story is about a girl named Lea, and a boy named Gabe. Lea is a freshman who is “quirky” and she is excited to have the typical college experience. Gabe has just returned from a mysterious break from college, which is explained throughout the book. As a result of this event, he has lost a lot of his confidence and has become very shy. They meet in their creative writing class and notice each other immediately. Their teacher even notices, and they become the couple that she ships for the year. From that point forward, Lea and Gabe have crushes on each other, but they are both too shy to talk to each other. But they somehow have the ability to flirt with each other without even having to say a word. Throughout the book, you get to see how their relationship grows from the very start, but that isn’t even the best part.
In my opinion, the best part of A Little Something Different is the way that the story is told. It is not told from the perspective of Gabe or Lea but from the perspective of literally anyone or anything else. In total there are 14 viewpoints ranging from their Barista, to a squirrel, to a bench. Yes, a bench. With all of these viewpoints put together you get to see how their story unfolds in every single way. In each perspective, it is obvious that they are meant for each other. They order the same Chinese food, go to office hours at the same time, and even understand each other’s weird pop culture references.
I would give this book 3.75 stars out of 5. The story of the two is adorable, but I wish that the reader was given more details about the characters. Since it is narrated by everyone else, you don’t get to feel the closeness to the main characters that you get when they are narrating. But you are rooting for their relationship form page 1. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a twist on the typical romance. But if romance is not up your alley, you should skip this one. I think that this book would be appropriate for anyone 13 years old and above. There isn’t really any inappropriate material in it, just typical college kids partying. If you’re looking for a quick, light-hearted read, this is the book for you! Happy Summer!
“Every time I see her, I’m always surprised. She keeps me on my toes. She smiles when I need her to, even though she could never know that I needed her to. I like the way she looks when she’s thinking. I like the way she looks at me when I’m thinking.”
~ Sandy Hall, A Little Something Different