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....
As soon as I heard about Macmillan’s new SwoonReads imprint, I was immediately looking forward to reading all of their upcoming novels! I thought the selection process for the manuscripts was very creative and I love the sound of an imprint of young adult books that all have a touch of romance in them. However, A Little Something Different, while a cute story, didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
This book is told in 14 povs, something which I thought sounded really cool and could work well. However, I feel that, at times, the use of the povs of everyone but the two main characters could be kind of distancing. The reader is still able to get a pretty good idea of what’s happening in Lea’s and Gabe’s head, but it didn’t entirely work for me. I also enjoyed certain povs more than others, as some came across as strange. For instance, reading from the bench’s pov and the squirrel’s were kind of odd for me. However, Maxine and the bus driver’s pov were probably my favorites! Maxine was hilarious and I thought the whole bus driver thing was pretty cute.
For the characters themselves, although I agreed that they would be cute together, by the end of the book, I found myself becoming indifferent to whether or not they got together. I feel like this is due to the fact Gabe was extremely hard to relate to, as it felt like he had almost no personality at times. Lea was okay, but nothing stood out to me as being extremely likable about her. She seemed kind of flat as a character. I think that the romance was almost too slow-burn for me, but if you don’t mind a lot of development, you’ll probably enjoy the romance more than I did. The fact that both characters were in college, and the fact that they met in their creative writing class, was pretty cute and definitely a nice touch, as it’s something that can definitely actually happen to people.
The book itself was pretty entertaining, and there was one or two funny moments that had me laughing at times :) Although not something I’d be quick to recommend, if you enjoy slow-burn romance and a cute story, you’ll probably like this one! I’d give A Little Something Different 3 out of 5 flowers.