Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Posted November 14, 2014 by valeranne in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

A Little Something Different

by Sandy Hall
Published on August 26th, 2014
by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Signs Point to Yes, Been Here All Along

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....

3 Stars

I’m sure if you’ve been around the blogging scene, you’ve read reviews of this book; everyone was raving about it a few months ago when it came out and that meant that I NEEDED to read this book. In retrospect, all of that hype built this book up for me and sadly, this book didn’t hold up to my expectations.

It is a wholly unique book; the premise is really fun and a clever way to tell a contemporary love story; I have to give accolades to Sandy for that. The different perspectives took away some aspects of the relationship but it also added so many new ones.

I loved that this book was set in college and it made me reminisce (even though I only graduated last year) with its accurate portrayal of college life. I also thought it was interesting that they weren’t both freshman, Lea is but Gabe has been at school for a while.

Another thing that I loved was the many pop culture references! I have a weakness for people who understand my love of certain shows and movies and Sandy understood that; she put a lot in this book and every single one of them made my heart so happy. 

Now for things that I didn’t like….

There were swoons in this book, sure, but they weren’t swoony swoons. I got so caught up in the subtext (which is why I never liked Joey and Dawson together, I just can’t with the subtext overload) that I couldn’t get past it to the cutesy parts. Also, the swoons didn’t make my heart stutter or do anything really and my fluttering heart is why I read romances.

I just, there wasn’t much depth to these characters or much development which I understand, I really do, because it’s hard when the book is told through everyone’s POVs besides the two main lovebirds but… They’re fun characters they just fell short for me.

The main thing that annoyed me was that the only conversations (that we read about) were about each other; they would be talking to their friends and whine about one another. Now, I understand why the book was this way but I enjoy when there’s love and other things going on at the same time. Love is great but I need for my books to have something else, a life aside from the romantic entanglements (I just watched the episode of Dawson’s Creek where Joey breaks it off with Dawson because all she has is Dawson and nothing else).

I liked this book but it just wasn’t what I thought it would be. If you want to read a light contemporary, you should give this a shot.

About Sandy Hall

Sandy Hall is a teen librarian from New Jersey, where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When she isn’t writing or teen librarian-ing, she enjoys reading, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A Little Something Different is her first novel.

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