Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

            A little something different it is. There are 14 different view points for ONE love story. I have never read a book with A.) That many viewpoints or B.) Something that I felt hit close to a part of my life. This is one of the best books I have read all year.
            Lea is quiet and soft spoken most of the time anyway. Gabe is traumatized and shy.They are awkward. Don't interact with each other and at some point one of them needs to get the courage to really talk to the other. Everyone ships them. The chick who works at starbucks watches them closely. Their professor, bus driver, food delivery guy, the squirrel, the bench on the green, and to top it all off, their best friends!!! Everybody, even Victor, the guy who hates them in their creative writing class, ships them.  How do they not notice the adoration in the others eyes.
            I think it is funny how you can completely miss a sign that someone is sending you. Maybe it is because you are so caught up in how you feel and worried about how they feel about you that you don't take the time to really understand what is happening when you stop worrying. Never has a book hit so close to home. You like someone, but don't want to just tell them, Or you don't know what to say. It is better to take the chance knowing the outcome than to spend your whole life wondering "What it?".  Don't even wait for a sign. That's what I've been doing. Gabe nearly lost Lea because he waited too long to clue her in on anything. She thought he was ignoring  her, but really he couldn't hear what she was saying.
            The bench kept me laughing. "Sometimes you get a really perfect butt". The squirrel and his or her talking about nuts. He/She is always losing track of her/his food. Mainly I think the  friends shed light on the little something different. They didn't care about the things that didn't matter. They wanted something that everyone wants. Love. Or to feel excepted and wanted by another person. What's so hard about that? Oh yeah... It can be confusing and irritating and there are plenty of other words to describe it, but none of that can compare to the feeling of finally getting what you wanted. It is like a child is opening the best gift ever on Christmas Day.
            The last thing I would like to mention is the fact that there are so many people I haven't mentioned yet. Danny is Lea's best friend from high school. He also happens to be gay and thinks whole heartedly that Gabe is gay. That sure mixed things up a bit. Then, there is Maribel. She is Lea's lovely room mate. She is the #1 advice giver. Sam is Gabe's older brother. He has a baseball scholarship is sarcastic, cute and a player. He may not be the best person to give advice, but he sure makes an amazing brother. Bailey and Casie are some of Gabe's best friends. Being shy he doesn't have a huge group, but quality is better than quantity. With these amazing people by their side, follow Lea ad Gabe down a journey they would have otherwise probably not have gone on alone.
"It was sort of perfect."-Sandy Hall

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