A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

August 21, 2014 2014, 3.5 star books, contemporary, giveaway, Kim 126 ★★★½

A Little Something Different: Review + GiveawayA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Published by Swoon Reads on August 26, 2014
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 272 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars
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 had me grinning like a fool within the first several pages (Buffy references?? Yes, please!) and kept the good feels coming all the way through. This is a very sweet story about two really good people who deserve to be together. It should be simple, right? They like each other, they have mutual interests and classes, and many friends/others are rooting for them. And yet it’s not simple at all. We are often our own worst enemy and this story proves that more than most. At its best this book is a funny, sweet and heartwarming examination of how our own perceived troubles and insecurities can get in the way of actual happiness. And what we can do about it.

There are fourteen POV characters, none of whom are the couple in question. Each brings their own personalities and perspectives to the relationship. Not all are cheerleaders but most are. Some are ardently against yet cannot help observing the cuteness that is Gabe and Lea. I will say that occasionally I was a bit thrown off by how short each POV would be within any given chapter. Switching so swiftly between characters left me feeling disoriented at times but obviously your mileage will vary. In any case, nearly every single one of the characters in mention are delightful and quirky and it’s a pleasure to spend time in their heads. This includes the POV of a bench. A bench. You’d think it wouldn’t work but it does. Bench was actually one of my favorites of the POVs. You just have to appreciate a book that includes a bench POV.

This book is effortlessly diverse. Seriously. We have a non-white protagonist, a protagonist with a disability, and one of the (main) supporting POV characters is a queer woman married to another woman. All of this is written and portrayed with a natural and skilled flow that never, ever comes across as preachy or “other.” The information flows organic to the story and feels so right. I was honestly delighted. “This, this, this!!!,” I wanted say are how books should be written.

The biggest misstep is the inclusion of the stereotypical Mean Girl character to act as foil to the couple. After so much “Diversity ftw!” I feel like there was a real missed opportunity here to turn this unfortunate trope on its head. And perhaps especially because this book so easily made diversity feel like a natural part of any story that the stark contrast of this stereotype was just jarring. Nearly all of the characters are united in their unjustified hatred of this girl. It’s unnerving. The story could have been much more interesting if it wasn’t a stereotypically “vapid” girl who was vying for Gabe’s attentions.

The other component that kept this one from being a 4 star read is that I really missed being in the minds of the two people who are actually falling for each other. While far from being an Issue Book, there is an element of heavy that is actually perfectly balanced in the story. And yet I felt like I didn’t get the true weight of it having only observed from the outside. I could tell that this would easily have gotten a higher rating if I’d been in the heads of the couple. But then we woudn’t have a little something different, would we? And, honestly, it is a refreshing change! Bench POV! Squirrel POV!

This is a seriously adorable book and one I wouldn’t hesitate to reach for when looking for a super light, sweet, and humorous pick-me-up. There were many times when my heart filled with little rainbow drops of sunshine and happiness! And certainly the reminder that we are all worthy of love despite our problems, perceived or otherwise, is always welcome.

If that weren’t enough, Wendy also thought this book was made up of a “million little hearts.” Does this not convince you?! Clearly you want to enter our giveaway below for an ARC of this adorable book. Clearly.

 

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Win an ARC of A Little Something Different!

Thanks to our friends at Macmillan Teen, we have an ARC to give away to our readers. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below why you’re specifically interested in reading this book…and/or the best real life couple you’ve ever shipped!

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See entry form for complete details. Good luck!

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126 Responses to “A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway”

  1. Courtney W

    I love that there are so many POVs…I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it! I’ve been wanting to read this book since I first started reading reviews about it :) :)

  2. Lily

    Why is the bench POV not mentioned in the synopsis? It’s featured in literally every review I’ve read of this book yet, and, well, it’s kind of one of the main draws of the book, yes? Sentient bench ships nerdy couple? No?

  3. Denisa

    I’ve heard a lot about this book and I really can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  4. Gillian Wong

    I’d love to get this because of the goodreads.com review–sounds like a very interesting book!

  5. Sierra

    The summary sounds amazing! I just love a really good love story and this one sounds like it’s going to be spot on incredible. Can’t wait to read it!!

  6. Ashley Jellison

    I’m dying to read this book! I absolutely love the summary, which entices me to no end. And the cover is adorable! You wrote a great review, and now I want it even more! Must find a copy soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Mary H

    What a great review! I’m very excited about the diversity of the characters and the pov changes, but I agree that the mean girl trope is a bit played out. I can’t wait to read this!

  8. Carissa

    I always enjoy reading YA romances and this one sounds like it has a unique twist. I’m really interested in finding out what happens in this story.

  9. Yoanna Gueroguiev

    I have been looking for a quirky, cutsie novel to read and this seems like it! Two nerdy, awkward college students who fall in love over writing and reading, I wish that would happen to me. This seems very interesting with 14 different points of view and I would love to read about how that works out.

  10. Yoanna Gueorguiev

    Two awkward nerdy college kids who love to read and eventually fall in love? Sounds like my type of book! Hope to read it soon!

  11. Gina

    This book looks adorable and I love the idea of so many POV! I’m due for a romantic read too, after a summer of hard core classics. Also, I just discovered this lovely blog (the spot on discussion on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn lured me in!)

  12. Wren

    I’ve heard of this book, but I don’t know if I should read it. Good chance, don’t you think?
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  13. Laura P Bryant

    I love quirky romances. This one looks like a feel-good story that I would definitely enjoy.

  14. Sherry

    How cute, I love the soft and cotton candy-like design of the cover. Makes me want to eat it up! :)

  15. Jannetta

    I’m interested in reading this book because it’s main focus is romance! I need romance in all the books I read. But it’s been a while since I’ve read a good mainly romance book. (US)
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  16. Ariana

    This book sounds absolutely delightful! I remember voting for this beautiful cover on GoodReads a few weeks ago, so I’m excited that the book lives up to the hype!

  17. J. Oh

    I remember reading about this when I signed up for SwoonReads, though I confess I haven’t read anything on there yet. Usually multiple POV (especially multiple first-person POV) throws me for a loop, but I’ve been hearing so much about this that sounds so cute that I just have to give it a try!

  18. Natalie

    I’ve been WAITING for this book to come out. It has the cutest cover ever that for some obscene reason reminds me of a cupcake. This seems like such a cute, fun book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Jenny

    Oh man, once I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it. Particularly, the idea of a squirrel and a bench having a p.o.v. That’s something unique to this book and makes for an interesting way to tell a romantic story.

  20. Anna B

    This sounds like such an interesting and refreshing perspective! I write (and read a lot of, and blog about) YA fiction, so I am very interested in this book.

  21. Christina S

    The amount and points of view of the characters sounds very intriguing! I like that this book is told so differently and am curious to see how well it works.

  22. Andrea

    You had me at “Buffy References”! Love a good love story, and this sounds totally unique.

  23. Saskya

    I love reading about romance. This book has a Rainbow Rowell vibe to it, by what I can tell from the blurb. So I really want to read this book, and hope it delivers well and don’t disappoint me :)

  24. A Canadian Girl

    I was a little skeptical that I would enjoy this one because it has so many POVs – the maximum I can usually handle is maybe 4 and even then I usually stay away from those books – but it sounds like the POVs are really distinct. The bench and squirrel POVs sound particularly interesting. I may have to check this one out now, Kim.
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  25. Liat

    I really want to read a good romantic book, and this book sounds like it has a nice twist. Also, the Buffy reference totally bought me. :)

  26. Brittany T

    Im not usually into contemps but I do love meddling in others love life when it comes to setting them up so I would I would love to see this thru so many different povs. Welcome to the new lovlies as well. I’m sure youll make this garden more lovely then it already is.
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  27. Carolyn

    So excited to read this one!! I’ve been looking for something sweet and happy, and this seems like just the thing :). Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. maat

    This book definitely looks different, and it sounds wonderful from the reviews I’ve read. My reading has been slacking lately and I could use something heartwarming. :)

  29. Laura

    As a fan of multiple POV and a gooey romance, I have been eying this book something fierce.

  30. Cam

    I sometimes randomly buy a book because of its cover and this might well be one of those. But after reading that it’s a book with multiple POVs (including one of a squirrel and a bench!), how it worked well and how much you enjoyed everything, now I’m even more curious about the book!

  31. Larissa

    Awww this one seems like such a fun, sweet and achingly true read. I think that for me personally I tend to overthink things so I would definitely resonate with the characters in this story.

    14 POVs?! Wow that sounds pretty crazy in theory, the author must be super talented in order to pull it off. It sounds like she did though, even if the quick transitions tended to be disorienting. That’s excepted with just the large quantity of POVs I think. It’s awesome to hear that each POV was unique and had their own voice so you wouldn’t get confused by who is even narrating the story. LOL at first I laughed at the fact there was a POV from a bench but whoa. Thinking on it a little more I can actually see how the author could make it deep and meaningful.

    Yay for seeing some diversity (: It always makes me smile when diversity is added not as some novelty, but just as the norm. Our world is multicultural so it only makes sense that our books emulate that. I enjoy the fact it wasn’t done in a preachy or special snowflake sort of way. It’s unfortunate that amidst this diversity we still fall prey to the mean girl trope. I just hate that mean girl trope so much, and no I’m not a mean girl. I just dislike the questionable hatred for no reason and why the mean girl in question is portrayed as not even a human being, just mean girl. Everybody has motivations and reasons for their behaviors and I think that this trope really goes against that.

    Lovely review Kim! (: I’ll definitely be checking this one out when I need to smile.

  32. Liv_TheAbsentHistorian

    This definitely does sound like something ‘A little different’ and I have to say I am curious about a book that boasts of a perspective from a bench and a squirrel. I have always ponder what squirrels think and what a bench is saying when it creaks and groans under the weight of a new occupant. How fabulous.
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  33. Alexa S.

    A Little Something Different was definitely a cute read! I did like seeing so many perspectives of this one couple, and how most of the POVs were from people (or things!) that wanted them to be together. But like you, I did feel like I would have enjoyed the book even more if I’d gotten even just ONE chapter each from Gabe’s POV and from Lea’s POV! Still, ultimately, it was a fun read!
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  34. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    Sometimes these cute fluffy books that make you smile are the books I need. I’ve already heard so much about this book, but this is the first review I’ve seen mentioning the diversity of the cast. As a non-white individual, it thrills me when I find out that books explore the lives of non-white characters. Also, a main character with a disability? Well,there is no doubt I will be picking up this book.
    It’s a shame about the mean girl character though. I can see why that prevented you from giving a 4 stars rating.
    Lovely review! :)
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  35. Mary Claire

    “A Little Something Different” sounds really unique and sweet. A squirrel’s POV? And a benches? I can’t wait to see these elements work in such a contemporary book.

  36. Wendy Darling

    This was such a delightful book, and I was tickled when I peeked at your post and saw that you liked it, too! I’m glad I went in without knowing too much about it, because it certainly sounds bizarre–but as you say, it’s just bursting with good feeling and humor. Perfect feel-good book. So much so that it made my overall 2014 favorites list, even though I rated it 3.5 like you did…and other higher-rated books didn’t make the list. It makes sense to me! This book is just that cute.

    • Kim

      It really is such a perfect little feel-good delight. I just adored the quirky humor and, er, unique perspectives. :p The weird thing is I actually get what you mean about lower rated books making the list when higher rated books haven’t. Book rating can get so weird.

      I feel like we keep agreeing on books lately. Whatever is going on I like it!
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  37. Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

    I think not being able to get a glimpse of what’s going on inside the protagonist’s heads would bother me as well, though if the observing POVs are done well enough, it might not be as big of an issue. The mention of diversity also has me excited (though it is a shame that the author included a tropey Mean Girl). But I’m glad that, even with some things you didn’t like, you still came away from this book liking it, Kim!
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    • Kim

      Yeah, I think the observing POVs really were well done for the most part. It just bothered me that I could tell I would have enjoyed the book *that much* more if I’d had the main character POVs, you know? But yeah! Diversity ftw! Overall, it is really a sweet book and one I enjoyed quite a bit. I had such a goofy grin when I finished it!
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  38. Kristy Petree

    I guess I’m intrigued (and feeling up to a challenge) by the fourteen points of view. Fourteen points of view that aren’t even the main characters! I mean, that has to make for an interesting–albeit challenging–reading experience for me. No doubt! Besides, I’m always looking for YA offerings and there are so few. Thanks.

    • Kristy Petree

      (ps: I don’t know how to share on Instagram or Tumblr :( . I have accounts but am challenged, I guess.)

      • Wendy Darling

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    • Kim

      Honestly, I thought (for the most part) the author handled the multiple POVs very well. Each POV knows either Gabe or Lea and sometimes both and there are lots of ways all of the lives intersect. Nearly nothing about this book is challenging, I promise! It’s just sunshine, and adorable, and rainbows.
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  39. Hilary

    My jaw practically hit the floor when I read that there were 14 POVs. But I’m totally intrigued by the story. A romance story that’s still centered around the couple but through the eyes of other people (and object)! I haven’t read it but I wonder if the lives of the 14 POVs will be integrated as well (with details about what’s going on) or if it’s going to be about their lives centered around the couple.
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  40. Mary @ BookSwarm

    So with the diversity…it was like real life, then. Effortlessly diverse (well, maybe not so effortlessly but that is the way it should be.) I have to admit that the 14 POVs makes me really nervous but it’s amazing that it worked, which makes me want to read it!
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    • Kim

      Don’t be nervous! I thought it was pulled off rather well (despite my misgivings about how frequently they switched.) I’m sure my disorientation is weirdly specific to me.

      And you’re right. It was just like real life. You know, where not everyone is white, straight, and able bodied. Imagine that!
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  41. Summer

    I know some people don’t like multiple POV’s in books, but I enjoy getting inside all the characters heads, so this sounds right up my alley, the title is so right, it’s such a different concept to have a love story told by everyone except the couple. Plus, anything with references to Buffy has me interested.

    • Kim

      Yeah, I’m with you. I enjoy a lot of POVS it was just how quickly we’d switch that threw me off a little. But obviously that won’t be the case for everyone. Really, it’s an adorable book. And I’m not much one for contemporary to begin with so it says a lot that I enjoyed this one so much!
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  42. Michelle Lee

    I’m interesting in reading this book because at first the cover of the book caught my eye. Later on reading the synopsis of the story, I was hooked! It’s on my list to read right now so thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  43. Amy

    I’m curious to see how I will like the book and how it will pan out with the multiple povs

    • Kim

      It is cute and sweet! Very, very sweet at times. Honestly, the amount of POVs didn’t put me off as much as how frequently they switch. But it was still relatively minor in terms of my overall enjoyment. This is an adorable book an d I’m certain you’ll find it as delightful as I did!
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  44. Nikki

    I had already added this on my TBR pile on GR! I’m really excited for this one, it sounds so endearing!

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  45. Shilpa Rajagopal

    This looks adorable! I’ve heard quite a few good things about the book and can’t wait to read it :)

  46. Brenda

    The multiple POVs including a squirrel and bench certainly sounds like something different, but way intriguing. I’m still trying to envision that bench and squirrels POV, but it would be so hard not to have those of Lea and Gabe too.

    • Kim

      I loved Squirrel and Bench! You wouldn’t think it would work but it does. You’ll just have to see when you read the book. It’s all very cutesy. And it’s honestly fine, mostly, not to be in Lea’s and Gabe’s heads. It was just a little frustrating for me because I could tell that was the reason that mostly kept me from enjoying this more. It’s still such a cute book.
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  47. Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal

    Buffy references are always the clear sign of a good book! LOL I want to read this one so much because it sounds so cute and I am the biggest fan of friendships turned lovers storylines. I think it is adorable that everyone knows they will end up together. I hope they do at least! Sounds like it will take time but it will happen!
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    • Kim

      Haha right? I knew I’d come across a winner when I got to the Buffy references within the first several pages. And a couple that’s bonding over said references? Too adorable! Friends-to-lovers is a favorite of mine too. Always. Here they’re not really friends first, though. It’s more just like awkward/adorable, hesitant crushing. It’s still really cute, though!
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  48. Lily

    I’ve been eagerly anticipating this one since I first heard about it a few months ago. I loved the idea of the fourteen POV’s and the diversity of the characters! I feel like this book is both heartwarming, cute and funny but that it does touch upon really important issues like insecurities and self doubt in a way that’s not all in your face! Great review :)
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    • Kim

      Good. As you should be! :p Check it out. It’s perfect for a summertime afternoon read. So cute, and fluffy, and fun!

  49. Layla

    Ooh, I am going to add this to my to-read list for sure. A million little hearts! Bench POV! The shifts in POV seems like an interesting way to develop a romance, but like you, I’m used to being inside the heads of the people who are falling in love (and I really like that aspects of romance novels a ton, so it’ll be interesting to see what it means to have, like, the insecurities and swooniness externalized).

    Two thumbs up for a diverse cast of characters whose diversity is handled well. Boo to the mean girl trope, though. That always troubles me as well – I feel like it’s like the “you’re an exceptional woman” trope, which makes our heroine exceptional at the expense of other women. Blech. Anyway. Great review!

    P.S. Is the squirrel POV like this? (https://twitter.com/common_squirrel)
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    • Kim

      Yeah it really was super interesting to get the outsider’s perspective. I thought the author did a great job at showing us who Lea and Gabe are through their friends’ POV’s and I did feel connected to them. I just missed having their internal thoughts, you know? You’ll just have to give it a go to really see whether it works for you or not. Most of the POV characters are plenty delightful to spend some time with so that’s the good news.

      Gah. I *hate* the “you’re not like other girls” trope so, so much. Lol really? So all of the other girls just suck then? Cool opinion, bro. I don’t hate the Mean Girl quite as much as that one but it still grates. Grr. It was so disappointing in a book that really hit out of the park with so many other diverse aspects. Sigh sigh.

      Ha. The squirrel is actually way more thoughtful and entertaining than that Twitter account! But is a liiiittle bit like it. :)

  50. Ann

    Made up of a “million little hearts?” Well, that seals the deal! I must read it! haha

    • Kim

      Right? This book is like a bowl of instant happy. And who wouldn’t want some of that?

  51. Carina Olsen

    Damn it. I didn’t fully think I would enjoy this book. But I have only seen people loving it. And now you did too. Pfff. I might have to get it someday. <3 Amazing review Kim :) I'm so glad you loved this book. It do look so so cute. Ack. I'm just worried I won't like that we don't get the point of view of the couple :p
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    • Kim

      Oh you should totally read it! It really is as cute as everyone’s been saying! Honestly, not being in the head’s of the main couple is a relatively minor thing. I was just bummed b/c I knew that was what kept this from being a real favorite for me. It’s still 100% adorable and full of sunshine and baby unicorns. Read it do!

  52. Nikki Robinson

    I want to read this because I’m always so intrigued by books with multiple POVs. I think it makes a book more interesting, getting multiple views on different events. I feel like some people complain because it’s hard to keep up with, but I don’t think so. One of my favorite reads this year was The List by Siobhan Vivian solely because of the multiple POVs.

    • Kim

      Oh totally. I’m a big fan of multiple POV myself. What disoriented me here specifically was how brief the POVs would be. I don’t normally get whiplash with that but I did a little bit here. Like I said, though. Your mileage will vary and it seems like you’ll be fine! So yay!
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  53. erin clark

    I would love to read this. It sounds so sweet and I need a little more sweetness in my life!

  54. Christina R.

    Would LOVE LOVE LOVE this one because I can’t believe you can fall in love with a romance when you don’t get to witness the falling in love part from the POV of the couple!

    And your review convinced me :)

    thank you :)

    • Kim

      Yay happy to hear it! You’re welcome. :) And yeah, you’d think it wouldn’t work but it does! I mean, I still did miss being in the characters heads themselves, but there was still plenty of swoon to be felt!

    • Kim

      Aw yay! I’m glad to know that there’s been positive vibe going around about this one. It really is the sweetest (despite my few qualms).

  55. Jessika

    I am specifically interested in this book because I had a similar (at least from what it sounds like) love story of my own–it took my boyfriend and I almost a whole year to finally get together! This just sounds like a sweet book.

    • Kim

      Hee! It sounds like you’ll definitely identify with this one then! It really is such a sweet book. And with the personal connection I’m sure it will just seem even sweeter. :)

  56. Pili

    Oh, so happy to hear you and Wendy loved this one, Kim! I have it preordered cause it was rather cheap on Kindle and I was super intrigued by the multiple POVs including a bench and a squirrel! (the squirrel might have been the real deal breaker for me, FYI!). I’ll be warned about the “mean girl” thing and try not to be too annoyed about it. Great review, Kim!
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    • Kim

      Yes, it’s best just to try to put the Mean Girl out of mind. Because otherwise this book is just a squeeful delight! Hee, the squirrel sure was cute but I really loved that bench! A grumpy bench! It was rather adorable. The whole book is very sweet. I think it’d be a perfect palate cleanser after a particularly heavy/sad book.