A Little Something Different

That sounds like some clever attempt to draw you into this first blog post, but in all honesty…it’s the title of the last book I read.

Every once in a while you come across a story that makes you laugh and smile constantly. I’ve read a lot of dystopian and fantasy books lately, so I needed…well…a little something different. This book was light and entertaining – everything I wanted it to be. Reading this book felt like watching my favorite romantic comedy.

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Synopsis: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is a clever and frankly different type of read. This is a story about Lea and Gabe who are destined to be together. The twist is that we don’t see their unfolding love story from their points of view – we get it through the eyes of 14 others who are watching it all play out. Their friendly neighborhood Starbucks barista, bus driver, friends, family, creative writing professor and yes, even a local bench. Yes…a bench. But wait, also – a squirrel. Like an actual squirrel.

Feelings: I wasn’t sure how I would like reading multiple POVs. Sometimes I don’t even like when there are only 2 that the story bounces back and forth between. In those instances, I tend to favor one and skim while the other character is bearing their soul to me. What Hall does in this book, however, is make each character likable (except for that pesky Victor) and interesting to spend time with. Each separate voice was just that – unique. I applaud Hall for taking on multiple personalities in one novel. I think she did it brilliantly and in a well balanced way.

Issues: The reason I gave this book a 4.5 instead of a full on 5 is that I did feel like something was missing. Plot development was there. I really connected to the main characters, even thought I didn’t get their inner thoughts and feelings. The dialogue made me laugh out loud multiple times. This book was easily one of my favorites that I’ve read this year so far, but something was lacking…something made me dock it .5 stars. It could be that the bench and squirrel perspectives made me groan a little and didn’t really add to the story, in my opinion.

Part of me wishes that we’d gotten some main character POV right at the end, but I think it’s bold of the author to stick to her guns and be consistent. Hall did a great job of getting that character development and growth without us ever even getting into their heads. Honestly, it didn’t need their points of view.

Final thoughts: Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I’d recommend it to young adults.

Pick this up if you liked:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (same sense of humor and laundry list of pop culture references)

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (starkly different tone, but similar heartwarming writing style)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (also has you rooting for love like it’s going out of style)

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Amazon.com rating: 4/5

My rating: 4.5/5

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

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