Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

February 12, 2015 Book 31 ★★★★½

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy HallA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Macmillan on 2014-08-26
Source: Own, Purchased
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The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel—an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.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. You'll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in Sandy Hall's quirky, completely original novel A Little Something Different, chosen by readers, writes, and publishers, to be the debut titles for the new Swoon Reads imprint!

You know that feeling when you see two random people but you just know they’re meant for each other?


When everyone else sees it but them? That feeling where you just want to lock them in a room together and yell “JUST KISS ALREADY!”?

“It’s in that moment that I know my couple of the semester is going to be Gabe and Lea. […] Now I have to figure out a way to orchestrate this relationship.”

Well, in A Little Something Different this feeling is perfectly captured into words. Through 14 different perspectives (including one of a Squirrel, and a Bench) we see the collective frustration of seeing Lea and Gabe constantly skirting around each other but not being together. 

All these perspectives complete the story in a way. It’s amazing because you get to know everything that’s happening at the same time. It’s not confusing at all.

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The writing is also very clever. With each character the style changes, so you always know who’s who.

I laughed, I giggled, I swooned, and I think I even shed a tear or two. This book is everything I was hoping for and more.

This book is the equivalent of eating your favorite comfort food. It’s absolutely perfect with the way it exposed a developing love story and made me feel as if I were watching one of my favorite romantic comedy movies.

“I think I just got to witness my first collegiate meet cute.”


Rating Report
Overall: 4.3

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  • This is definitely something different! I It sounds quirky and fun, especially with the multiple POVs, animals and inanimate objects included. I’m glad you liked it Marianne, because I definitely want to read this now! It’s like a contemporary, which I don’t read often now, with a twist! Lovely review! 🙂

  • Castiel and Dean <3 I was going to read this one but I forgot all about it, so thanks for the reminder! It sounds so cute. Lovely review!

  • shootingstarsmag

    That excerpt from the squirrel is too cute! I really do want to read this. I love the concept and it sounds quite good. I’m glad you loved it so much!!


  • Is there a gay couple??? *.* I want a gay couple. Looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it! Great review, girl!!

    • There’s a gay couple, but it’s not fundamental to the story per se. There’s also a gay character, though. Thanks Lola 🙂

  • I can’t remember who convinced me to get this book, and I’ve also since its purchase forgotten about it entirely. BUT. It sounds fabulous, and there’s nothing I love more than writing that is both clever and makes you swoon. Thanks for the reminder, and great review! *runs off in search of book*

  • Isn’t this book just puppies with heart eyes adorable?!

  • I’ve been seeing this book everywhere! I really need to put it on my TBR!

  • I’m so glad you liked this one! I’ve had trouble with some Swoon Reads books, but this one seems wonderful. 🙂 I’m glad the writing is clever and that you were able to swoon and laugh throughout. Lovely review <33

  • Karen

    This book was so unique and adorable! I’m gad you liked it too.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Lily

    I completely loved this one! Everything about it was so perfect and great! I wanted to immediately reread it when i finished! SO HAPPY YOU LOVED IT TOO <3

  • Awww, sounds adorable. BTW I SEE YOU SHIPPING DESTIEL THERE. 😉
    I kind of want to read this just haven’t had the chance yet. Gah! Do I say that about every book?! BUT IT’S TRUE! I DO WANT TO READ THEM ALL!

    • You can’t watch SPN and not ship Destiel 😉 If only we had the ability to speed read… it would help us finish our TBR faster!

  • Dang! I think this is one that has the potential to be either really good or really bad and it seems like it was the former, which is great! Definitely unique, and I’m intrigued.

  • Awww. I’m so glad you loved it! I remember how pumped I was when this book was released. I cannot wait to swoon!! Great review, Marianne!! <3

  • I absolutely adored this one too. I was hesitant about having so many points of view, but seeing they all focused on the two love birds, it was absolutely brilliant. Their budding relationship was so realistic too, the shyness, dancing around their feelings. It was simply beautiful. Lovely review Marianne <3 Makes me want to reread it again.

    • I agree. If the POVs where about different things, the book would’ve been a mess. I’m glad that you feel like rereading it. My review worked 😉

  • I LOVE that Olicity and Destiel are up there, because I was like YESSSSSSS. Those are two of my huge ships and I totally have that KISS, DAMMIT feels towards them.

    I’ve seen this book around the place, and I think it’s so cool that it was technically voted to being published!

    I am a bit wary of fourteen different POVs, but since you said it is very easy to distinguish them, I’m not quite as worried as before.

    I always need a little more fluffy romance in my life, so I will definitely pick this one up now 😀

    • *fist bump* I AM SO GLAD YOU SHIP OLICITY AND DESTIEL. Cause I know you also ship Merthur so it’s like I’m the American version of you (or you’re the Australian version of me, hahahaha).

      The 14 POVs are all about the couple, though, so there’s never a mess 🙂 I really hope you enjoy it!

  • I was so close to getting this book the other day…I end ended up leaving it because of the multiple points of view. But your review just rekindled my desire to read it lol. I think I’ll give it a try soon. It sounds so cute. Plus the cover is gorgeous!

    Great review 🙂