- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Publication date: 8/26/2014
- Pages: 272
- Source: ARC Provided by the publisher for review
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....
This book was all sorts of adorable!! Like all of the different people watching the characters, I was falling in love with the idea of Gabe and Lea as a couple too. I loved the format of this. It was so fun to see these two falling in love through other peoples eyes. There are even the POV's of a squirrel, and a bench which are super fun to read. Reading this book felt like I was getting to know them, right along with them getting to know each other. I was shipping them hard and I was hoping they would finally be able to see what everyone else was seeing. Even with this being told in so many POV's, I felt like I really got to know Gabe and Lea well and I adored them both. They are so awkward and cute with each other that it was hard not to totally love them, and the idea of them being in love.
Lea is a sweet girl who is a little awkward, and not sure how to go about her crush on Gabe. She is getting mixed signals on whether he is interested or not, at least as far as she sees. I loved her innocence and how absolutely adorable she was trying to make conversation with him, even though he didn't say much. She gets irrationally upset when she thinks he is playing games with her, but it's not annoying like this type of misunderstanding usually would be. It's all so sweet and cute and misinterpreted that I couldn't help but want her to know what was going on with him so she wouldn't give up on him.
Gabe is having a hard time with things because of something that happened to him. He likes Lea, but he is too afraid to get close and have to tell her about his past. He has trouble hearing out of one ear, and that makes things even harder for him. He is embarrassed and ashamed, and doesn't want to let people in. He feels like he has gone from having so much, to losing a lot, but feels guilty for not being thankful for what he still does have. He doesn't purposefully ignore Lea, but he doesn't want to tell her about his hearing, so she takes it as him not liking her. He also sees her with her friend, and thinks that she has a boyfriend. He feels the mixed signals as much as she does.
What is so great about this, is it's told from outside perspectives. People around them who see their chemistry and want them to be together. It's so cute to see all these people so invested in a relationship forming between these two people. Then we have the squirrel who just wants some food and occasional company, and a bench who is bitter about ungrateful butts sitting on it. Some of the people are friends and family, and some are strangers who work places where they happen to go. I don't remember the last time I read something that was so cute and made me smile so much. This was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who loves cute romance with a dose of humor.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.