A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Lea and Gave 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 the local 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. Now they just need to realise they're meant for each other and start falling in love... (from Goodreads).


When I saw this on my Amazon recommendations, I knew it was going to be some silly chick-lit book. Sometimes you just need something light and sweet, and this book provides just the right amount of cute to be enjoyable. The story follows Lea and Gabe's budding relationship from the moment they meet in their creative writing class at the start of term, and shows how the world around them sees their romance develop. 

It's an interesting idea, to never tell the story from either Gabe or Lea's point of view, but tell it instead through the eyes of people who know them, and some who don't. It builds a slightly different picture of who Lea and Gabe are, as people always describe themselves differently to how others see them. I liked this offered something a little new.

Lea and Gabe are cute, but my favourite character was probably Victor. He is a classmate of the pair of them, taking creative writing because he needs an English credit. He is unfortunately always caught up in their sweet moments, always stuck between them when they throw secret glances at each other. He always finds himself in the way, and he despises them for it. He, like most of the people who meet them, want them to get together but his reasoning is if they get together, then those awkward moments will end. He's probably sadly mistaken. The short inserts told from the point of view of the squirrel on campus and the bench the two sometimes sit on are funny and unexpected, but they keep the story light. 

As the book goes on, more serious topics are touched on, but everything is still quite sweet and charming. There's not much more to say about this book really, cause it is rather short. I liked where the story went, but do wish it had been longer. If you want a quick, easy read this summer this is the book for you. I've recommended it to most of my friends already, and they're all quite eager to give it a go, so I suggest you do the same. 

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