Our book this month is A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. This is the first release from a new imprint, Swoon Reads.
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)
This month I have the pleasure of hosting the Casting Call. This book is slightly different in that it’s is written from multiple POVs. I’m going to touch on the two lovers in question, as well as a couple of others who stood out to me.
Jamie Chung as Lea
Chung is too old to be Lea and yet this is how I pictured her. Pretty and innocent looking (in this picture!). Lea is a difficult character to get to know. She’s somewhat consumed with whether or not she and Gabe should be together as well, but I found out very little about her. She has friends she enjoys and her Creative Writing class, but I don’t feel I know her well.
Steven R. McQueen as Gabe
Gabe is shy. He has some issues he’s grappling with that aren’t quite clear until further in the book. For some people I think it makes him seem weird. For others, he’s that mysterious loner dude. I think Lea sees that he’s a good guy. She’s obviously attracted to him, but he’s so quiet and insecure that she often mistakes that for a lack of interest in her.
Sharon Stone as Inga
Inga is Gabe and Lea’s Creative Writing Professor. She’s described as having short, spiky blonde hair and she wears hipster glasses. Stone may be a bit older than Inga is in the book. The thing is, Inga is somewhat obsessed with getting Gabe and Lea together. It’s more than a passing “look how cute they’d be” kind of fascination. She admits to her wife, Pam, that she wants them together (in fact, she picks a couple every semester and works on it) and she tells Pam about the little things she oh so casually does to encourage Gabe and Lea to be together. Frankly, it’s unprofessional and creepy and if there’s one thing I think Sharon Stone can pull off it’s crazy sort of creepy.
So, there’s this squirrel who spends his time searching for wherever it is he’s hidden his stash of nuts. And he see Lea and Gabe and it seems ever obvious to him that they should be together. I think there is a cuteness factor here that will certainly attract people. For others…make of it what you will.
There is a bench on campus where Lea and/or Gabe and their friends usually sit. Bench remarks inwardly about them and yes, even he knows Gabe and Lea are destined for true love. Bench, along with everyone else who sees Gabe and Lea together, feels the feels for them.
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Many thanks to Swoon Reads, a division of Macmillian, who sent us all copies of A Little Something Different.