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….
A Little Something Different is my first Swoon Reads book. It’s their first published, on sale novel, and they have many more coming and available for preorder. They have a really intuitive acquisitions and editing model. People submit manuscripts to their website, and members of the community read them, comment on them, and essentially, pick the book they want Swoon Reads to publish. I think that’s genius, but I also think that makes authors prone to writing gimmicky books so that they can catch the attention of the readers.
In the case of A Little Something Different, the gimmick is the multiple pov shifts. I like a good pov book, one with maybe two or three, but any more than that and it’s exhausting. This book has fourteen, One is a squirrel. One is a bench. It’s creative, but it’s also kind of infuriating and confusing.
Besides the crazy pov shifts, there are a couple other aspects of A Little Something Different that I don’t like. So the whole idea is that Gabe and Lea are too shy to get together, so they talk to everyone else in their lives about the other person. And this lasts for an entire year. An entire year in college. And they speak eloquently about how much they like this person they’ve never spoken to. And everyone who has a pov is so devoted to seeing them be a couple. Ok here’s my issue: They are in college and so it’s really doubtful that the barista, or the teacher’s wife, or the bus driver cares at all about them getting together. Maybe there’s just a lot of hopeless romantics in this weird town, but I don’t buy it.
Other than that, it’s a pretty cute story, wholly unbelievable, but cute. If you want a sweet little story, this is for you. Also the cover is so nice, which just always helps.
Hope you all are having a nice holiday season! Check out my post on the best Christmasy books to get you in the spirit!