Published on: August 26th 2014
Published by: Swoon Reads
Genre: NA Romance
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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…
I can’t lie, the main thing that attracted me to this book was the cover, which you have to admit is GORGEOUS! Then I read the description and was immediately interested. It’s just such a unique idea of how to tell a love story. There have been so many mixed reviews online about it, so I though after months of it sitting on my bookshelf I would finally take the plunge and check it out.
I have the same conflicted feeling with this book that I did with Where Rainbows End (also know as Love, Rosie) due to the fact that the think I really love about it is also the thing that I kind of don’t like about it. With Where Rainbows End it was the fact that the entire book was narrated through correspondence, be it letters, emails, texts etc, and because of this I really missed the interactions between the characters. With this book we do get the interactions, but we don’t get to see inside the main two characters heads as they fall in love, which I really miss, but at the same time I really love the unique perspective. It’s very confusing!
“Sometimes it’s better to say something stupid than nothing at all.”
You would think that a book written from 14 different points of view would get confusing and be hard to follow, but because they are all focused on just one couple it’s actually a very easy book to follow. It is extremely well written and flows perfectly, even when there are days between the entries. Plus, even though each POV is focused on Gabe and Lea we still get to know each of the characters, from the angry classmate to the chinese take out delivery guy, we get to know a little bit about all of their backgrounds which is really interesting.
“If you’re going to talk to this great ass, at least be excited about it.”
Ok, so at this point I can’t not mention the squirrel and the park bench, who both had such great personalities for an animal and an inanimate object. The squirrel reminded me of the squirrel in those Ice Age films who only cared about his acorns. I love in this book when it got to winter and the squirrel was so worried because he couldn’t remember where he had hidden his nuts! Also, the park bench, total pervet judging people by their bums but also totally hilarious. Never would I have thought of anything from the POV of a bench, but as shown in this book they really are present for a lot of things that happen!
“They sit there in the window of the coffee shop for almost an hour, not talking much, but looking at each other over the tops of their books, flirting somehow even without words. It would be gross if it weren’t adorable.”
The romance was cute and although I loved reading about Gabe & Lea’s friends totally trying to help hook them up I did miss seeing inside our couples heads. Mostly for the romance but also because there were secrets that were mentioned but we never really got the whole gist of what they were talking about, but if we had been in Gabe’s and Lea’s heads then we would have found out early. I guess that is just me being impatient really.
“Every time I see her, I’m always surprised. She keeps me on my toes. She smiles when I need her to, even though she could never know that I needed her to. I like the way she looks when she’s thinking. I like the way she looks at me when I’m thinking.”
I really like the uniqueness of this book and before reading it had never read anything from 14 points of view. Although I couldn’t reads tons of books in this alternative POV it made a nice change from the usual romances I read and was extremely well written. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, to try out at least once!
I would recommend this book to fans of: alternatively written romances, books that feature many POV’s, college romances.