A Little Something DifferentA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Summary: 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….

I usually only review recent releases on this blog, and this book came out in 2014, but it’s SO GOOD I HAD TO TELL EVERYONE ABOUT IT!   The concept – a love story told from fourteen points of view, none of which are the core couple’s – is just enchanting, and Hall populates the story with winning characters that show us many different angles. We come to adore Gabe and Lea after meeting them through the eyes of their friends, enemies, and acquaintances, and if you don’t want them to get together as much as the diner waitress, their creative writing professor, the Starbucks barista, and the squirrel on the green do, you might not have a heart. This book had me grinning from start to finish.


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