|Title: A Little Something Different|
Author: Sandy Hall
Published: August 28, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Review Copy: Yes
Why did I want this book?
I've got an ARC at the Frankfurt International Bookfair!
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 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 realize that they're meant for each other, and start falling in love ...
The cover looks very sweet and it feels good too, because the paperboard the've used isn't varnished. So, it basically feels unusual. The design is great too, specially the font.
The title is just perfect, because this book is really something different. It is from everybody's point of view, except the protagonists.
Sandy's writing style is very good and she uses an unusual point of view. Not the protagonists are going to tell there story, but her friends, teachers, neighbors, baristas and even the squirrel or the bench at college. They all can see, what Lea and Gabe are missing: That they are perfect for each other. You never know, what the protagonists are thinking, but you get the feeling, that you've known them forever.
Lea is quit and a little bit aloof. But she has some good friends and attends at the creative writing class, like Gabe. She does notice him, but it always seems, that they don't really see each other. At the beginning, they don't even think about each other as attraktive. But everybody else notices that they would fit together just perfectly. They order the same food, are both into writing and they love Starbucks. It was fun to see, how they get closer and closer without noticing.
The writing style is awesome!
Stuck in my Head:
„Those two darlings are back, all by their lonesome this time. It seems kind of sad that they're sitting alone, but at least this time they smiled and waved at each other.“ (p. 124)What I didn't like:
Nothing to complain.
Quick and dirty:
Everyone, who reads my blog for a while knows, that I am not really into love stories. But this one was definitely something special. I totally fell in love with it and I am sure, you will too!
Thank you to ...
... Macmillan Children's Books, who gave me this review copy in exchange of a honest review!