This February I am participating in Swoonuary. If you did not read my first post about Swoonuary, Swoonuary is an event hosted by The Bookish Groupies (Jennie, Mallory, Ang, Blessie, & Tika), in which I pledged to read personally selected swoon worthy books throughout the month of February!
The third book I have decided to read for Swoonuary is…
Title: A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Excerpt from Goodreads:
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….
Ok, ok, let me take a moment to get my emotions in check….alright I think I’m good, for now…
This is a story told between fourteen different point of views, and none of them are told through the eyes of the two main characters. Lea’s and Gabe’s story is told though the eyes of their friends, professor, a squirrel, and even a bench. Yes, a bench. And it worked so well. I enjoyed seeing the story through the eyes of someone other than the main character(s).
Gabe and Lea meet in class. They are both shy and ridiculously adorable. Every one knows they like each other, except for them. Lea goes out of her way to make conversation with Gabe, but he never reciprocates much. Every time Lea talks to Gabe he desperately wants to talk back, but he never seems to find the right words until she’s gone. He is also dealing with some personal issues that are conflicting every time she tries to have a conversation with him.
This book is precious in every which way possible! Seeing Lea and Gabe’s relationship through the eyes of others gives you perspective from so many angles. I easily became emotionally invested in these characters. They made me laugh and sometimes they made me want to throw the book across in the in frustration. But the ending was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for it any other way. Well, maybe just a little more of Lea and Gabe… They are just so CUTE! This is a quick and sweet romance novel you won’t want to miss!
4 out of 5 stars
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Don’t forget to enter the Romance is in the Air Giveaway before it ends tonight!