Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Rating: PG
Genre: Contemporary
Score: ❤❤❤❤
Page Count: 270
Stand Alone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: August 26th, 2014

The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel—an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.

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....

1. So for the past couple of years, I've heard so much hype about this book and how amazing it was and cute and just an all around good book and I needed to read it right now. However, I for whatever reason didn't rush to get to it. It sounded like it was a fun book to read and one I might want to add to my collection but I just never picked it up. Finally, though, I decided to order a copy when I saw it was on sale since I'm a sucker for cheap books and a few days later, it was in my possession. Now that you know this relatively boring story, here's the review!

2. As soon as I started reading the book, I was already digging it. I think I was pretty much sold on the story when I got to one chapter of the book that was told from the point of view of a squirrel. Like, yes! The viewpoints in this book make it so entertaining to read because everyone is so different, including the bench and the squirrel. They were quirky, funny, sarcastic, and thought differently about everything except for how much they all wanted for Gabe and Lea to be together. I found myself laughing out loud at Victor's snarky comments about them, the squirrel who loved his acorns, of course, the bench, and everyone else had something humorous to offer.

3. I thought the characters were really fun as well. Lea and Gabe were both very shy for different reasons around each other but both were smart, great writers and have supportive friends who pushed them to get out of their comfort zones in order to talk to each other and speak more than three words. It was really fun to get to know all the side characters of the story as they watch Lea and Gabe and give their own thoughts and opinions on the interactions between them. I loved that the main characters of the story didn't get to tell their own story which was refreshing and definitely different than most books.

4. I loved how fun and witty, romantic and sweet this book was. It was a quick read, an entertaining one, and the perfect book for anyone looking for something light and fluffy. I think this would be a nice book to read around fall or winter but it's great to read any time of year as well. This book has a lot to offer with its unique characters and fun storyline and plot that I really enjoyed.

The only reason I didn't give this book a five-star rating is because I just didn't love it. I really, really liked it, but just didn't LOVE it. I think it might have gotten a little slow at times and while the romance and chemistry between Lea and Gabe was there, I just needed a little something more to really hook me in and I just didn't get that. I still really liked it but I would have liked just something extra to make me swoon. Get it? Because it's published by SWOON Reads? . . . No . . . okay.

So that's it for this review! If any of you have read the book, who was your favorite character and why? Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!


  1. This sounds like a pretty sweet and cute book, but the thing that always makes me nervous about it are the multiple points of view. I am always so wary of books like that! But I think I will have to try this one anyway ;)

    1. Same! I usually find so many POV's to be a little bit distracting from the story but I'm happy this was an exception! I really hope you enjoy the book whenever you read it!