[468]: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

DSC_0770GOODREADS SUMMARY | Swoon Reads | Paperback, 272 pages
Fiction | Romance | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

You all know how much of a struggle it’s been for me lately. I just couldn’t find the right books to read; and by right, I mean, the kind that doesn’t make me want to face punch someone. Well, I’m happy to report that I’m finally through my dry spell, so to speak. A Little Something Different was just the right kind of thing to pull me out of the I-hate-everything rut.

Universe conspiring.

Told in multiple points of view (14, to be exact), A Little Something Different is the story of a couple of people who needed a bit more help in getting together.

Creative Writing students, Lea and Gabe had the most unexciting “meet-cute” in the history of meet cutes, and even though they share a kinship with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and they mutually thought the other, lovely, these two just couldn’t seem to get together.

Gabe suffers from a debilitating shyness, while Lea is encumbered with self-doubt that a boy like Gabe could ever like someone like her. What these two didn’t know is that people see them in a different light and thought that they’re two people who should be together.

Population: 16

From their Creative Writing teacher, their T.A., Starbucks baristas, Chinese Restaurant delivery boy, Maxime, the diner waitress, their friends, the bus driver, a bench and a squirrel, to the sullen mean boy of their class, everyone will prod these two to be together.  It was cute, funny and adorable!

Don’t let the multiple points of view intimidate you. There was nothing disorganized about it, or even slightly confusing. This is because no one divulges their own personal stories, or share personal tidbits about themselves.  They only talked about their encounters with Lea and Gabe.  I suppose as plot-driven stories go, this one takes the cake.  You won’t even get to know the couple du jour. The story’s focus is on how the people surrounding these two plots for their coupledom to happen.

The romance was very subtle, and yet it had the tendency to make you smile like a fool. It’s all in the sweet, but awkward interactions between Lea and Gabe. It’s how the entire world conspired to bring them together.

This book is irresistibly adorable that even Debbie Downers like me couldn’t resist blowing heart bubbles. But now I’m hating myself because I’ve overused the word, “adorable”. Ugh.


  • Wow, this is very unexpected, Joy. I’ve been super excited to read this book and was a bit disappointed that it received mostly bad to lukewarm reviews. I’m glad that you like it (now I can get back to being excited by it) and that it ended your streak. Great job, Joy! 🙂

  • Hahahah this book just sounds super adorable. ADORABLEEEE. I feel like it’s more than just a romance, and more of like the different interactions between people and also their observations. Do we ever get to see the POVs of Lee and Gabe???


    • Won’t that be sweet?! Someone make that happen. I’ll even settle for a fan fiction. Hahahaha!

  • I have heard of this book! I really like the cover, and that is what initially drew me in. I heard it was told from a lot of POVs and removed it from my TBR list after a while… but now I think I will add it back on there. As long as it isn’t too confusing or anything 😀 Thanks for the review and glad to see you out of your reading slump!

    • Trust me, it’s not confusing at all, Olivia. If you’re a fan of romance, this one will be right up your alley.

  • Hahahaha. I find myself rereading reviews of books I think are cute to make sure I don’t overuse the word! But isn’t this one fun? I liked all of the perspectives, because it’s so different to see characters from other people’s minds. 🙂

    • Exactly! I love their views on our couple. It’s like seeing different parts of them each time.

  • I thought the premise of this one sounded really fun, so I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Aww, look at you all smushy with googly heart eyes Joy <3
    I loved this one too. I thought I was going to struggle with so many points of view, but I loved that you see only brief snippets of both Gabe and Lea through their point of view and not about themselves. That would have gotten a messy, fast. It was so cutesy, the only word you CAN really use is adorable.

    Lovely review Joy, this is the perfect pick me up book <3 So glad you're fighting your way out of that slump.

    • Yes! I like seeing them the way the other characters see them. Sort of like different lenses each time. 🙂

  • “Adorable” Is literally the perfect way to describe this book because it just was. I loved reading every second of it and read it in just a few sittings. Lovely review!

  • Yay, I’m so glad this helped pull you out of your slump Joy! It’s definitely a different sort of book, and I love the idea around the different povs. Great review, I’ll have to pick this up soon when I get the chance.

    • Thanks, Jeann. You’d think it’d be intimidating, but it’s actually not even the slightest. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well when you get the chance to read it.

  • This book was full of cuteness! I’m one of the few that really enjoyed hearing from the bench and squirrel too, lol! Happy to see that you enjoyed this one 🙂

    • Those points of views are the best one! Especially the bench’s obsession with finding the best butt. Lol.

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Glad to see you enjoyed this one, but that many POV’s is just too much for me!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • Oh you must give it a chance, Naomi. It’s really not overwhelming. 🙂

  • The story does sound really good, even though 14 povs are a bit intimidating. Glad you finally found an enjoyable read this month 🙂

  • I NEED to read this book, Joy! Everyone just raves about how adorable it is and I want to experience this adorableness as well. I think I would really enjoy it and I’m glad you finally found of a book that you enjoyed after so long!
    Lovely review!

    • I think you’d love it too, Nick! I hope you’ll enjoy. 🙂

  • Aw. <3 I'm so glad you loved this book Joy. The cover is just all kinds of adorable 🙂 I want this book. I'm glad the romance was sweet too. <3 But sad face. Now you make me want to read this book as well, lol, and I shall not buy it. Not yet. One day, I hope. <3 thank you for sharing about it sweetie 🙂

    • I think you’ll enjoy this one, C. Especially the pairing. 🙂

  • Yay! So glad you enjoyed this as well, Joy. <3 Loved Lea and Gabe. And the squirrel. And the bench. ;D The multiple POVs confused me a bit at first (I'm not used to reading from POVs other than the main characters), but this was such an ADORABLE (really, that's the most accurate word) read. <3 Awesome review!

    • There really is no other appropriate word, isn’t it? Lol.

  • I was going to pass on this one because it seemed kind of… cutesy… but you’re review has me slapping myself in the face! Will pick this one up as soon as possible!! (I’m trying to reach my 100 book goal before 2015 so this one will be added to the list.)

    So glad that you got a hit instead of another miss.

    • Oh well. It really is cute. But you might just find the cuteness not vomit-inducing. Lol.

  • Yay for getting through the book slump! Those are so hard so freaking awful to go through, glad this lulled you through. 🙂

  • I am totally in the mood for adorable right now, so I’ll have to add it to my list! And glad you’re out of the slump… 🙂

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    This book looks so freaking cute and I am glad that you thought so too, Joy! I am planning on buying a copy because seriously, who can’t resist that cover?

    Loved the review, girl! <33

    • Thanks, Melanie. 🙂 I hope you’ll like it, too.

  • I will forgive your overuse of ‘adorable’ because it really does sound it! I like that the different POVs focus solely on interactions with the couple as opposed to diverging into other storylines. It sounds very focused, I like that! Great review, I will be adding this one to my tbr 🙂

  • It sounds good but wow 14 POV? I think it might be a little too much, i really have a problem with that.

    • Oh I hope you’ll give it a chance, Melliane. It really isn’t all that daunting. 🙂