Friday, 5 June 2015

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall




Title: A Little Something Different 
Author: Sandy Hall
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date:  August 26, 2014
Date Read:  May 29, 2015
Buy This Book: Amazon | Book Depository
My Rating: ★★★✩✩
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....


This was in one positive word: cute.

But in one negative word: aimless

Well, not at first. Initially, there was the aim to get the main couple together but it was stretched out over so many months that I started losing enthusiasm for awkward Lea and shy Gabe to realize their obvious feelings for each other.

The story is told in 14 simple POVs, all clearly labelled, and mostly with distinct voices so I never got confused about who was talking (although the Starbucks baristas may have melded into 1 human being by the end). It's just that some of the POVs did not matter. In idea, the POV of a squirrel and a bench sounds quirky but in execution, it contributed nothing that we didn't get from the other POVs so it was pretty useless.

The other POV characters were all great surface-level characters, who for some reason obsess over catching glimpses of the main characters' snail-pace love life. But if I'm being honest, I only really cared about Gabe's brother Sam by the end of the book because everybody else was so...unmemorably casual i.e. I got bored with them real fast.

That's basically me with this whole book: it started off so cute and fun but the not-so-exciting dilemma was nowhere near being solved halfway through the book and there was no climax in sight near the end either. Plus, I kid you not, 90% of the story is dialogue and tends to repeat events that we already witnessed through another POV, which again I saw no reason for.

Overall, I got bored real fast and had to trudge through to the end, where the story finally fizzled to a close without even a hint of excitement. I didn't quite hate anything but I didn't like much either. I suggest if you want to read this, you read it all in one go. Do not spread it over several weeks or you will most likely forget it in some uninhabited corner.

Cutesy quick read but lackluster if you read it for too long or expect something exciting.


11 comments:

  1. Hmm, although the 14 POVs really shocked me at first, if they all are clearly different from one another I think I could deal. If some of them are unnecessary though... I completely idea, the idea of it is great but so few books I've read can actually pull something like that off. I'll probably skip this one but at least I know now, nice review!

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    1. It manages to pull off most of the POV's in a non-confusing way but because we only spend a few pages with each character before moving onto the next, you don't really have time to get attached.

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  2. I can't believe there are 14 POVs in this book! I've always wanted to read this, by the way. Not only because of the gorgeous cover, but also because of the plot :) It's kind of sad to see that some parts were boring. Nooo. And mostly dialogues :( Still, I want to read this only because I'm very curious, haha. Thanks for sharing the beautiful review :)

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. I recommend you read it because my experience was diminished by the fact that I read this bit by bit over several weeks so I lost excitement for it. I'm pretty sure the experience will be different if you read it in a day or two.

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  3. Yeah I've heard that this is nothing but just a cute little read so I am still going to read it, but probably when I'm feeling like something quick and cute xD

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    2. Yeah, do not make the same mistake as me and pick it up when your mind is thinking about how cool it would be to read a book about warring cyberpunk wizard gangs xD

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  4. Wow fourteen perspectives o.O That would be awesome but quite confusing at the same time, it would be helpful if the perspectives are different from one another. I hadn't heard of this read before, but it does sound pretty cute :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. There are like 3 Starbucks baristas so I wouldn't think they're all completely different xD But it is pretty cute since it's rare to find a couple with both sides being shy~

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  5. Omg, I can't believe there are POVs for a squirrel and a bench! I wonder how it's executed but anyway, it sounds different from any other romance yet I guess it will a really repetitive slow-paced novel. I will be skipping this book but thank you for your informative review :D

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    1. There's even the POV of a bus driver and Starbucks baristas lolol we get a good understanding of the side characters but because the main characters don't have a POV, it feels like we don't completely know them sometimes

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