A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall
Source: Review copy courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Books. Thanks guys!
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 book is as cute as cute can be. Narrated by not one, two, or even three people, but by thirteen people, a bench (yes, an actual bench you sit on), and a squirrel. They all have one thing in common, and that is Lea Fong and Gabe Cabrera. Some are friends and family, some are classmates, some are people who don’t know them. They just know that these two are made for each other.
Through their eyes we are introduced to both Gabe and Lea, we find out how both of them tick, and learn about their personalities and the characters they are. We also get to see what they see too. The obvious that is these two are crazy about each other, and seriously need their heads bashing together.
It’s a tense, rough, and intriguing road to follow but of course we do follow because we want to know the outcome. We will overcome every bump, twist and turn given to find out what is the real story behind these two, and why when even mathematics provides a calculation equivalent that these two should be together, why they are not.
A teen triumph of a read.