Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Published: January 2012 (Poppy/Little Brown)
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A. Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

My Review

I'm a little late to the party with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, but it was worth the wait! I only wish I had read it sooner because it was great! I was worried it would not live up to my expectations. I always try to keep my expectations at normal level, but this book was crazily hyped, had a lovely cover, and a thoroughly original name. It lived up to them, though.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was very original, and I loved the premise of it. The prologue draws you into the story right away. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. Not even two minutes into the story, I was completely hooked. The story focused more on family than I thought it would, but rather than detracting from the story, it added a lot of depth to the characters. I was interested in reading how all the relationships developed, how everything was interwoven in surprising ways.

The characters were great! Hadley and Oliver had terrific interactions. They were so cute, but not unrealistic or nauseating. There was witty banter and good conversation, and but they also had great quiet moments. I truly believed everything they felt.

If I could complain about one thing, it would be that I would have loved more plane scenes. The book was pretty short; surely there could have been a few more! I'm a huge sucker for plane stories. However, the way it was worked very well for the pace of the story.

The day ahead of her is like something living and breathing, something that’s barreling toward her at an alarming rate, and it seems only a matter of time before it will knock her flat on her back.
In the end, it’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.
Is it possible not to ever know your type – not to even know you have a type – until quite suddenly you do?
He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.
A cute, unique story that will make you believe in first love. Definitely recommended!

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  1. I'm so glad that you loved STAT too. I hope you'll go and read some of Jennifer's other books. This launched me into a full on obsession and I just adore her writing. So much.

    I do wish the book was longer. But I might be selfish. haha. I must must reread it soon. It seems like the perfect book to travel with, don't you think?

    1. I plan to! I only recently found out she had more; for some reason, I was under the misconception that Statistical Probability was her first book.

      Ahaha, exactly. I almost always want the books I enjoy to be longer, particularly when they're somewhat short. It would be a fantastic travel book. If I ever get to fly on a plane, I may just have to snag this book and take it along for the ride.


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