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Gr 9 Up—If ever two people should get together, it's Gabe and Lea. They share a love of creative writing, watch the same TV reruns, order the same Chinese take-out on the same nights, and repeatedly wind up in the same place at the same time as if by magic. But Gabe is painfully shy and full of self-doubt, and Lea is so lacking in confidence that neither of them can give voice to the obvious chemistry that radiates between them. The magnetic pull is so strong, in fact, that everyone they come in contact with can feel it, and it is through Gabe and Lea's interactions with others that their stories unfold. In a progressive series of month-by-month vignettes, their creative writing teacher, college classmates, roommates and friends, a coffee shop barista, diner waitress, bus driver, and even the resident park bench and squirrel relate their impressions and conversations with the protagonists as they take part in a "one step forward, two steps back" dance of attraction and avoidance. Gabe's silence around Lea seems overplayed, but this is a small quibble with what is overall a fun, light romance that will appeal to male and female readers alike. A good choice for reluctant readers as well.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA


“Consisting of fourteen viewpoints, it would be easy for some dissonance to creep into the story; however, all chapters are easy to read and form a cohesive whole. Gabe or Lea presented in the first-person would have been interesting, but the different perspectives and how they contrast are entertaining . . . Recommend for those looking for a quick, sweet romance.” ―VOYA

“If ever two people should get together, it's Gabe and Lea . . . The magnetic pull is so strong, in fact, that everyone they come into contact with can feel it, and it is through Gabe and Lea's interactions with others that their stories unfold . . A fun, light romance that will appeal to male and female readers alike.” ―School Library Journal

“This is a sprightly first offering . . . the multi-person perspectives make for a clever hook. Romance with a twist.” ―Booklist


Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Swoon Reads (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250061458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250061454
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kim {kimberlyfaye reads} on September 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A Little Something Different is destined to go down in history as the most unique and charming book I read in 2014. I knew from the minute I saw this delightful cover that I *had to* read this book. I suspected I would love it. I was absolutely right. With 14 different POVs (and not one of them who you would consider to be the "main characters"), A Little Something Different is exactly what it promised – something different from everything else I've ever read.

Six months ago, if you would've told me I would read (and LOVE) a book that contained both bench and squirrel! point of views, I would've been likely to look at you like you were completely out of your mind. I would've also been completely wrong. It's difficult to point out which POV I appreciated most, but the squirrel! is definitely at the top of the list. I loved reading about the goings-on between Gabe and Lea through the eyes of each of these other characters. From the annoyed cynical classmate, to the park bench that insists all butts aren't created equal, to the creative writing professor who makes it her mission to get them together, each of the 14 narrators brings something special to this story.

A Little Something Different is a light, quick read. It's perfect for those of us who love to observe others and make up stories about them. (Yes, I confess. I'm a people-watcher. I'm a people's-stories-maker-up.) I read the majority of this book with a giant, goofy grin on my face. I pretty much challenge anyone to try to read it without said goofy grin. And giggles. Lots of giggles. Particularly at the squirrel!

Aside from being a great all-around book, A Little Something Different had a great message about the difference between how you see yourself and how others see you.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lili's Reflections on August 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book was written for all the readers who like to ship couples. Because not only are Gabe and Lea an awesome ship, but all fourteen characters in this book ship them and openly admit to shipping them at one point or another. This is a ship worth shipping, guys, and it's a book meant for us crazy fangirl shippers. Seriously...if you haven't figured it out yet...I ship them.

When I first heard about this book, I was simultaneously intrigued and very worried. A book told from fourteen perspectives is no easy feat. It would either work really well or end very badly. While some people seem to love the book because of this unique writing style, some people have also believed that such a thing makes the book very polarizing. I happened to love the perspectives. It was very easy to remember who everyone was because they all have such different personalities. Also, the bench and the squirrel were absolutely hilarious. If benches and squirrels had thoughts that could be heard, I'd imagine Hall hit the nail on the head with them. Whether it's the writing professor that likes to create romantic story-lines between her students, an obsessive Starbucks barista, or a relative, these characters all have one thing in common: they want Gabe and Lea together.

To put it simply, this book can be summed up in one word: adorable. I could seriously imagine little hearts flying around my head as I read my ARC. This book is just that cute. It makes me believe in this silly little thing called fate because these two were definitely fated. They're just so perfectly adorable and nerdy that they belong to nobody else but each other. There's nothing amazing about either of them. They're super ordinary and unique which is what makes them so great. It's not hard to relate to them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Rogers ClarkIV on September 6, 2014
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Do we realize how many people watch us? Lea and Gabe are two shy, awkward and undeniably likable college students. When they find themselves in the same creative writing class, it's clear to Inga, the instructor that they are the 'couple' for that semester. She's picked two students every term that she's convinced are made for each other and has often tailored the assignments to help them find each other.
Inga's not the only one who realizes that Lea and Gabe are meant for each other. The barristas at the local Starbucks get it, Maxine, the older and slightly cynical but still romantic waitress at a nearby restaurant sees their unconscious attraction, Gabes' older brother Sam in in, as is Lea's roommate Maribel. Heck even the friendly campus squirrel and a bench that thinks Gabe's butt is the best one that ever sat on it gets their unconscious mutual attraction. In fact Lea and Gabe are possibly the least aware of how made for each other they are...At least when they're near each other.
Told from fourteen different viewpoints, this is a maddeningly delightful love story. At times you want to scream something like “Can you two get a clue, for heaven's sake?”, but as their history is revealed, particularly the tragic events that affected Gabe during what should have been his sophomore year, you can't help but become sympathetic and start rooting for them to get that bag of clues that's dancing in front of them.
This is a risky book. Keeping this many viewpoints clean and interesting is no mean feat, but the author pulls it off quite nicely. Teens and many adults who remember how awkward the dating scene was when they were younger will like this book a lot. It's certainly a good addition for both school and public libraries.
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