Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

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I really, really wanted to love this book.  But…I didn’t.  I can honestly say that I am in strong like with this book, but not quite love.  Was it cute?  Yes!  It was adorable!  But the whole, “aww, look at that adorable guy and that really sweet girl running into each other all over campus, they’re totally meant to be!” routine got a bit tiresome by the end of the first semester.  Especially when it’s pretty much a given from page one that these two are going to end up together…eventually.

What I liked

I loved the fourteen different perspectives!  This totally surprised me, as I usually don’t like even two different POVs.  But Ms. Hall really delivered fourteen unique and engaging voices.  My personal favorite was the squirrel.  Squirrel!  For some reason, he really reminded me of the squirrel in the opening scenes of Ice Age.  And that’s exactly what I was picturing in my head at every mention of that fluffy-tailed little guy in search of his acorns.

I also really liked the fact that Lea is Asian and one of her best friends is gay.  Way to represent two under-represented groups, and not in an “issues” book!  Loved that.

What I didn’t like

Really just the predictability of it all.  I appreciated that this wasn’t the kind of romance where it all feels really forced and sudden.  I hate those types of books, where the author’s all like, “they caught each other’s eye from across a crowded room” and five pages later, they’re planning what kind of wedding they’re going to have and what to name their 2.5 children.  Wait, wha??  Hello, plot hole!  But, I have to say that this book was sort of the opposite of that.  There was just so much tension, and so much wondering and waiting.

The male characters just didn’t ring true to me.  Sam, Casey, even Gabe.  I know it may have been a few years since college for Ms. Hall (for me too!), but college-age guys (and let’s be honest here, even much older guys) just don’t talk about their feelings.  Not in so many words.  Guys don’t ask other guys about crushes on girls in such, how should I say this, appropriate ways.  It just wasn’t realistic to me.  The conversations that take place between the male characters in this book are how we, as girls, would like to imagine boys talking to each other.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, definitely!  This was a super cute, light, and fun read.  It would be a great addition to a beach bag, or a perfect pick-me-up on any rainy day.

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