Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This is the tale of a sweet burgeoning romance between two college students, Gabe and Lea.  Unique in it's style, the story is not told from Lea's perspective, nor from Gabe's.  Instead, author Sandy Hall follows her two love birds through the eyes of those around them: the waitress at the local diner, Gabe's older brother, friends and roommates, the Starbucks barista, a college professor and even the squirrel who gathers food in the quad. Through conversations with friends and observances by strangers, we get to catch snippets of their first meeting and growing attraction. Soon it seems as though everyone but Lea and Gabe can see that they belong together. The unusual telling brings a fresh look at young love and what it takes to move from first glance to first date while dealing with insecurities, course assignments and  life in general. Hall delivers a light yet interesting romance told from 14 different perspectives. some sympathetic, some hostile and others merely curious or with nothing better to do than people watch. Pure fluff, but adorable and different enough to keep readers turning those pages.

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. 

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