Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Published: 2014, Swoon Reads
My copy: Paperback, 272 pages
My rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: 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…. [Goodreads]
The idea of this book is super cute, which is why I bought it. Each narrator has a distinct voice and opinion on Gabe and Lea, so it was really fun to read about them from the perspective of random people (Their creative writing teacher’s wife? A squirrel? A bus driver? The Chinese takeout guy? A bench?????), but that was also something I had a problem with. More on that later.
I read this book in around an hour and a half. It covers an entire school year, but because the POV changes so often, it was really fast paced and fun to read. My favorite narrators were Inga (creative writing teacher), Maxine (local diner waitress), and the squirrel (obviously. If you know me at all, it shouldn’t be surprising that I loved the squirrel POV.), just because they so obviously shipped Gabe + Lea. This is the first type of book in this style that I’ve read, so I loved how unique it was to me, and it was a fresh, entertaining read for me.
“He’s like this perfect mystery boy to me.”
“He’s a perfect mystery boy to almost everyone.”
Gabe was a really interesting character (tragic backstory, obviously, this is a teen book), and I felt like I knew a lot about him, but not really anything about Lea, which sucks, because she seems like she had a story, but we didn’t really get to hear it. The other thing I was not too happy about was that I didn’t feel like the ending was done right. I would’ve preferred the last two chapters to have been in Gabe and Lea’s point of view, just to get to hear their voices once in the book. The ending was pretty cute, but for me to have given this a higher rating, I would’ve needed just a little more.
Overall, this book is super great for a quick, light read (beach read, maybe?), but if you’re looking for a meaningful, full-of-heart romance, I’d go with Stephanie Perkins or Morgan Matson. Have you read A Little Something Different? Did you like it?