The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel—an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.
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. You'll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in Sandy Hall's quirky, completely original novel A Little Something Different, chosen by readers, writes, and publishers, to be the debut titles for the new Swoon Reads imprint!
Hall debuts with an ambitious but contrived romance, overstuffed with the perspectives of 14 characters, who all hope that college freshman Lea and junior Gabe will become a couple. The novel the first title from this crowdsourced YA romance imprint flits so quickly between characters that it's hard to be persuaded by Lea and Gabe's chemistry. Lea's daring roommate, Maribel, witnesses her "meet cute" with Gabe. Inga is Gabe and Lea's creative writing professor, who "plays Cupid" each semester. Victor is an angry classmate who thinks Lea and Gabe would be less annoying if they would just start dating. A Starbucks barista, a campus bench, and even a squirrel all have their reasons for rooting for these two, but Lea and Gabe's awkward, shy encounters consist mainly of small talk, misunderstandings, and covert glances; other obstacles include another girl's attempts at snagging Gabe and Lea's friend's belief that Gabe is gay. Readers may be more interested to discover why Gabe missed school last semester and lost his scholarship than in the inevitable happy ending. Ages 12 up.
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I loved the book, i couldn't stop reading it . I basically took it everywhere with me but the end killed me because I wanted to read more about Lea and Gabe. They were perfect for each other. Thank you Sandy Hall it was great book hope you wrote many more books like this one .
HORRIFIC WASTE OF TIME
This is not for adults, this is for tweens. The storyline in theory was a good idea but poorly executed in reality. The story took forever to reach its 'climax' which was beyond lame, and the POVs got tiring. A POV from a squirrel and a bench? Seriously?! What a waste of space to elongate the page length. The characters were repetitive and it quickly got to the point where she literally dragged the plot on and on and on with little progress. If I could have opened the window on my flight this book would the first thing I'd happily chuck out of it. Do not waste your time, your mind will thank me for this wisdom. You're welcome.