Author: Sandy Hall
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Released: 26 August 2014
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 a little aloof, Gabe is shy, and it looks like they are never going to work things out.
But something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushed them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV series. The bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitresses at the diner automatically seat them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes Lea and Gabe were meant to be together.
Fall in love with falling in love in this irresistibly romantic, completely original novel!
This was such a great read! The book gives you fourteen different perspectives on Lea and Gabe's relationship, none of which are actually from the main characters. We get to see their relationship form through the eyes of their friends, family, classmates, the lecturer, the bus driver, the waitress, baristas, and my two favourite - a bench and squirrel!
The story follows college students Lea and Gabe, as they exchange short and awkward encounters, all filled with romantic and sexual tension. Adding to the long road to a relationship is Gabe's own personal issues with having been involved in a car accident, and having to overcome his shyness. Despite everyone have a different outlook on the couple as individuals, they all can see that the two are meant to be together, and they need to hurry up and get their act together.
Pros: I loved the concept of this book, and the fact that we never heard the perspectives of the main characters, apart from the dialogue exchanged with the other characters. It was just an interesting way to write and tell the story, and it proved to be very entertaining, especially with the addition of the bench and squirrel.
Cons: I honestly can't find anything to fault this book on. The storyline progresses really well, and even though you know the couple are eventually going to get together in the end, it takes you on a great ride filled with twists and turns.
Overall, I definitely recommend that you read this book. It is such a lovely story that is told in such an interesting way. It will definitely take you back (or take you to) your time in college, and falling in love.