Review : A Little Something Different

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. 9781250061454. 2014. Gr 9-12.

Little Something DifferentA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is exactly that, a little something different. It’s a romance about a boy and girl who bump into each other on their way to their creative writing class and become interested in each other. Sure, that could happen in any romance, but what makes this novel unique is that it is not told from the point of view of the boy or girl.

It is told from the perspectives of the many people who circle around the couple, Gabe and Lea. Everyone believes Gabe and Lea belong together: their best friends, roommates, a professor, the bus driver, the Chinese delivery guy, and a squirrel on the college campus, to name a few, and everyone is doing their part to help this happen.

While Gabe and Lea are meant to be together, that doesn’t immediately happen. They both know how they feel about the other, but obstacles pop up which keep them apart. Lea is very reserved and Gabe is hiding something. Little nuggets of information are given about Gabe through the story, which slowly builds the complete picture. I did get slightly crazed with that; I just wanted to know what was going on with Gabe.

I found the multiple points of view interesting in that each character saw Gabe and Lea differently. I had a much more detailed and complete view of Gabe and Lea than I would have if the story had been from only their points of view. While reading, I too was convinced that Gabe and Lea were meant to be together.

This was a fun, refreshing read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories of first love.

Guestblogger : Leanne Z. is the administrative assistant for the Collection Management department. Prior to coming to Mackin, Leanne was a teacher before becoming a stay at home mom. She loves reading and one of her favorite memories is reading novels out loud to her children. Even though she’d like you to believe that her life is mellow and calm, she really likes a good mystery or a psychological thriller. Vampires are OK, too.