A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

I just want to start out by saying that this is one of those books that are perfect for mindless reading – a quick read that engages you through all the different perspectives it is written in and carefree enough that you do not have to commit to it.

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 a little aloof, Gabe is shy, and it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV series. The 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 Lea and Gabe were meant to be together.

There are many unusual perspectives in this book, such as a squirrel and a park bench. The story is told through these different perspectives, and never in the main character’s point of view. Although the way the book is set up is unique and interesting, the characters themselves aren’t that much of a fireworks display; There wasn’t much character development, and in the rare occasion that there was, it was a bit frustrating since it felt lacking in a way.

I think this was written for a younger audience because of its soft romance novel-esque qualities. Nonetheless, I did enjoy this mindless reading as it made me forget about the real world. In fact, I was so engaged that I didn’t even realize I had arrived at the terminal station for the bus. It was a great, light read.

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