A Little Something Different
By 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....
My rating: 5/5 !!!
**Thank you NetGalley for a free ecopy of this fantastic book!**
Omg this book is amazing and funny and so much adorableness that even the toughest of people fall prey!
In short, it's a YA romance story told from a number of different perspectives, which include the two main characters and their friends. But the strangest thing is that it's also told from the perspective of seemingly random people that somehow get involved in their story too, such as the Starbucks barista, the bus driver and even the squirrel and the bench from the park. It sounds crazy but once you read the story it makes sense! Like when someone sits on the 'bench' I feel like one of the characters has come alive.
I loved the creative writing professor's character and her numerous efforts to try and get these two kids to interact and basically get together. Inga goes to extreme lengths in her class, setting out random assignments in the hope that Gabe and Lea will finally step up. Even when she's sniffling away and almost passing out with a fever, all she can think about is getting the two to fall in love!
The fact that everyone is invested in their relationship is hilarious, random people eavesdrop and it seems like the whole world knows they like each other except Gabe and Lea. First Lea thinks that Gabe is gay because he once complimented Danny's jeans, and at other times she thinks he sends her mixed signals. one minute he's friendly and the next he won't continue their conversation, but Lea doesn't know that Gabe's hearing is impaired so half the time he can't actually hear her! On the other hand, Gabe is unbelievably shy and thinks that Danny is Lea's boyfriend (even though Danny doesn't like girls).
The book was very sentimental and cute, which usually is definitely not my thing but I can't wait to read more by this author and I highly recommend you read this book too!
"Don’t think of it as illegal,” I say. “Think of it as helping out local business owners.”“You have a skewed perspective of the world, Maribel.”
“You should have complimented his essay and then invited him to eat with you.”“Why aren’t you always around to coach me in these moments? Why do you leave me floundering alone in the world?”“I don’t have answers for these questions.”
“Sometimes it’s better to say something stupid than nothing at all.”“That goes against my entire belief system,” he says.
“Oh, now you can hear everything!” Lea says.“I can. I got a hearing aid,” he tells her, tipping his chip up imperiously.“Bully for you!” Lea says, throwing her hands in the air. “You known, you could have told me a hundred years ago about stuff and then I wouldn’t have been wondering all of these hundreds of years about stuff and maybe we could have been doing stuff.”“That was a lot of ‘stuff’s,” Casey whispers.
“All that stuff is right and if I was normal and not bad weird, I would have told you stuff and we could have been doing stuff,” he says.“I like how vague this is,” Casey mumbles. “Their overuse of the word ‘stuff’ is epic.”