Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together…
First Sentence: “I’m going to get us fake IDs,” I say to Lea as we walk to class on the first day of school.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
What first attracted me to A Little Something Different was the cover. Admit it, the cover of A Little Something Different is absolutely gorgeous and gives off the “this book will definitely be a fun romance” vibe. When I then saw the premise of A Little Something Different, I was immediately hooked. How can you not be intrigued with a book with fourteen different viewpoints, all of them rooting for the same guy and girl, Gabe and Lea, to get together? That just screams fun, adorable, and 100% romantic.
I’m sure a lot of people will probably be turned off by the fourteen different viewpoints aspect of A Little Something Different and despite my interest in A Little Something Different, a part of me was turned off by the fourteen different viewpoints aspect too. However, Sandy Hall does make it easier on people who aren’t good with keeping track of whose who like I am by labeling the characters’ names and their role or position in the story at the beginning of each viewpoint switch snippet. It made things easier and by the end of the book, I can name eleven of the fourteen viewpoints.
“Hey there, little guy,” she says.
I scamper closer.
“Are you the same squirrel I always talk to?”
I don’t know what you’re saying but I’m sure I love you! (ARC 75)
What surprised me the most about A Little Something Different is that it has a lot of diversity in it, something I never expected to happen. Lea, the girl that everyone is rooting for to get together with the guy, Gabe, is Asian. There’s also a lesbian couple, the creative writing professor and her spouse, who are two of the fourteen viewpoints. Another viewpoint is told from the point of view of a guy, who happens to be gay.
Unlike the fourteen other people and things (have I mentioned that there is a viewpoint from a bench’s point of view?), I wasn’t exactly rooting for Lea and Gabe to get together. They were really cute at the beginning, but then there were a couple of rocky moments with petty jealousy and very poor communication that I just got tired of it all. I also hate how there were also some girl hate that I was just so uncomfortable reading about – just because another girl likes Gabe too and tries to get together with him and you aren’t rooting for her does not mean you can call her a “skank queen of Cockblock-ville”. (The second part of the insult also doesn’t even make any sense.) I’ll understand if you simply don’t like the girl, but to go so far as calling her a “skank” just because she likes the guy your friend likes too and is aiming for him? No, just no. Even the girl’s creative writing professor joins in on the girl hate for the same reason as the friend, making things even more uncomfortable and worrisome. Not to mention it’s really unprofessional for a college professor to do, especially since the girl never did anything wrong.
“Lea,” I hiss into my phone.
“Gabe is at this very moment eating lunch in the student center with Hillary the skank queen of Cockblock-ville!”
“YES!” (ARC 189)
Overall, yeah, A Little Something Different is a fun and cute read, but there were just some parts I did not get along with. Some more problems in A Little Something Different include the characters did not act their age (the 36 year old creative writing professor acts like a teenager), the squirrel’s thoughts was inconsistent in its point of view, and sometimes there were so many long dialogue conversations on a page, but it did not mention who was talking except for the very first comment, making things very confusing. Well, that was a mouthful.