I finished this book a few weeks ago, but just have not found the time to sit down and to compile all my thoughts and feelings about this book.
But I am now!
Here's the blurby blurb -
"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. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at 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. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.
Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together...."
I'm not insanely into the cliche rom-com genre of book, but this one gently grabbed my hand and took me out on an unforgettable date.
-Spoilers: I will not be able to review this without spoilers, because my feelings will not be contained by the fact that you have not read this magnificent book yet...so get on that! Spoilers -
It's because this romantic how-we-first-met story is entirely from the perspectives of others observing their blossoming romance. The barista, the bus driver, even the Chinese food delivery guy. Each get a turn of adding to the compilation of cute stares, awkward blubbering encounters, and "We're not boyfriend/girlfriend"s.
There is only one cover, which is the one that I added at the beginning. I absolutely adore it. It's one of those book covers that makes me go, 'Oh yes. There will be angst and romance' but not in the sarcastically remarked way. Each bit of it is symbolic and ties into the story at one point or another. Even the Squirrel gets a spot! It's so cute and adorable and I just want to smoosh it with my face.
(Okay, Heads up...there are 14 different perspectives throughout the book. I won't get through them all, but I really did love them all! I'm only going to include the ones that really stood out to me personally)
Lea: She is such an adorable character. I couldn't help but connect a lot more to her because she was asian (It's not racist because I AM Asian *Hey Mara?*) Ugh...she is so adorable. UGGGH.
Gabe: What can I say? I am fascinated by the perspectives of guys when they are in love or have crushes. It's a mystery to me and I love getting to read or watch those perspectives in movies or books. (For example, Captain Hook for Emma Swan in Once Upon A Time show that I watch). He is so shy and has a tragic backstory that makes you want to pull him into a big hug, kiss his forehead, and bake everything underneath the sun for him. (That's how I comfort)
Local Starbucks Baristas: I laughed so much at these characters. They are the reality of a real-life Shipper. I don't do it often, but I don't deny it. (Most of the time couples in public make me want to throw myself viciously to the ground and silently scream 'Ew') Their commentary is absolutely hysterical.
The Bench: I am Bench. Never have I ever related so much to a Bench before. Do he got da booty? (Guess wat He do)
The weakest perspective I believe is the classmates of Gabe and Lea. I don't know exactly how they are 'weak' for me, but out of all 14 perspectives, they aren't my absolute favourite. They definitely add to the story though which is done by the graceful Sandy Hall!
Even though the story is about Gabe and Lea, it is serious at certain points which was surprising for a book that is meant to be light, fluffy, and romantic. It took what could have ended up as a cliche and poorly ended start of a relationship into something deeper and much more meaningful.
I loved how every perspective got to play a hand in helping them get together in the end. The Waitress talked to them and forced them to sit together, talk to each other when they were too nervous to. The baristas reconfirmed to Lea that Gabe was totally gaga for her. They all had interactions with the two main characters that are just so sweet and didn't feel forced at all.
It's probably the only full-blown romance genred book that I own and have read through 100%. I love it so much. If I could meet my future husband that way, I'd be completely over the moon.
In conclusion, this book was so light and fluffy and made me feel like I was experiencing all the lingering eye contact and 'WHY OH WHY WON'T S/HE LOOK AT ME?' all alongside them.
I'm rating 'A Little Something Different' an 8 out of 10 :) Highly recommended! I hope you get to enjoy it like I did if you are ever thinking of read it.
(Here's my favourite quote!)
I'd like to say there are worthwhile things about the job. And maybe sometimes there are. Sometimes you get a really perfect butt; however, all rear ends are not created equal.