Yes, Valentine’s Day is a commercial trap. You shouldn’t need a special day to tell your loved ones you love them. Nowadays it’s not about the anonymous cards or roses (you go Glen Coco) anymore. It’s about gifts and gimmicks and spending money. So, why not skip Valentine’s this year and instead find a comfy reading spot to read a romantic yet fun book. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is a great read for February 14th, whether you’re in a relationship or are single. And you can finish it it just one day.
Why is it different from other romance novels?
It’s a little something different, because this novel isn’t told from the perspective of one of the lovers. Or even both of them for that matter. Nope. It’s told from no less than fourteen (14!!!) viewpoints. I kid you not. Besides that, it isn’t heavy on the drama. This is just a no-nonsense love story about two cute people who fall in love. Nothing more, nothing less. Let’s see what our dear friends at Goodreads have to say about the plot:
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….
So who are these fourteen people?
Well… not fourteen people, exactly. There are twelve people, a bench and a squirrel. No, this isn’t a contemporary fantasy. It’s just a sentient bench and a hyper squirrel who loves acorns. Trust me when I say these viewpoints make sense and are very much fun to read about. So, these are the fourteen POV’s in A Little Something Different (in order of appearance):
- Maribel, Lea’s roommate
- Inga, the creative writing professor
- Bench (on the green)
- Sam, Gabe’s brother
- Victor, a creative writing classmate
- Bob, a bus driver
- Casey, Gabe’s friend
- Maxine, a waitress at a diner
- Danny, Lea’s gay BFF
- Pam, Inga’s wife
- Charlotte, a barista
- Hillary, another creative writing classmate
- Frank, the Chinese food delivery guy
See, these are fourteen very diverse beings. It’s a lot of fun reading about the blossoming feelings of Lea and Gabe without ever getting in their heads. Because nope, neither Lea nor Gabe ever turn into POV’s. And that’s what makes this such a different and very fun read. The title of the book and the experience are actually exactly the same. My favorite was the squirrel, and I’m not even sorry. I love squirrels. Other than that, Inga, Danny and Charlotte were on my top list as well.
The one thing I didn’t like about this book, is that it’s written in the present tense. I tend to dislike books a lot more if they are written this way, and A Little Something Different is no exception.
It’s a one day read
A Little Something Different is a very fast read, and with only 242 pages (in my copy that is), you’ll rush through this book at no time. It’s no surprise how it’ll end, but this isn’t the book to read if you want an intriguing plot. The epic series are for other days. Sometimes, you just need a fun and fast book about love. And the love story of Gabe and Lea is really nice. You’ll know they end up together, it’s just a question of how it’ll happen. Seeing them through the eyes of fourteen beings around them is unique.
This is the best book to pick up this Valentine’s Day. You can read it on your own if you’re single, or buy it for a friend (because apparently Galentine’s Day is now a thing). Or you can read it snuggling next to your partner. Either way, this is a far better way to spend this stupid, overly commercial day. Books are always the answer. All you need is love, and a well filled bookcase.