146. A Little Something Different- Sandy Hall


Title: A Little Something Different

Author: Sandy Hall

Rating: ★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Romance

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…. (Goodreads 2015)

Firstly I need to thank the publishers at Pan Macmillan for allowing me access to this book in exchange for an honest review, apologies for the delay! Real life has been chaos!

I was really looking forward to reading this book, unfortunately it didn’t really live upto my expectations and wound up being a disappointment. Now to be fair, there are lots of positive reviews online for this book, and a lot of people have fawned over how adorable it is and how sweet it is. And yes, the story itself was very cute, where it fell down for me was the writing. It just felt like it wasn’t very well developed. The story initially felt as though it was just being pitched to the reader in bullet point format, instead of being a complete, edited and printed novel.

And why we needed a perspective from a park bench’s point of view, and a squirrel, whose main lines of dialogue are things like “oh aren’t they cute? There is that girl again, I wonder if she will give me more nuts”. I’m all for quirky and amusing but that just became annoying very quickly, to me. It really took me a lot of effort to not abandoned this book.

Since this is a negative review, I won’t go on and on, but it is still a review and a valid opinion so therefore I will post it- however again, I will remind readers that plenty of people have enjoyed this book, I just think it wasn’t for me.


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