A Little Something Different – 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….


This book taught me that there actually is such a thing as too quirky, shy, and awkward. As in, Lea and Gabe. I was drawn to their story, but I bet it would have been really boring from their own perspectives. Or in real life, for that matter—I’d probably get as fed up as Victor.

I didn’t really understand WHY they were so captivating or what made their chemistry so apparent. Each of the (many) perspectives mentioned it several times, but I would’ve rather seen it for myself. Some of the perspectives really worked for me (Inga! Victor! Sam! Food Delivery Guy!) and others didn’t (Park Bench! Squirrel! …The really off-beat ones).

Still, a very cute story and a pretty “different” one too.

Related Reading

  • This book is actually something different! It kinda reminds me of an old-fashioned romp though.
  • Meant to Be – Lauren Morrill
  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 4/5


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