Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith

THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown

About: 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: THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT is one of those books that took me by pleasant surprise. It wasn't that I wasn't expecting a great novel, it was just that I wasn't expecting a novel that I'd love so much that I'd immediately go out and buy a copy and try to plan out when I'd have to time to read it again. It was that good. No, it was that GREAT.

Hadley isn't exactly looking forward to her father's wedding. In fact, there are many things she'd much rather be doing than flying to London to be in the wedding to his soon to be new wife. The fact that she's less than enthused about the wedding is more than enough reason to explain why she misses her flight, and why she's oh-so-close to missing the nuptials in their entirety. 

But this turns out not to be such a bad thing when a mysterious and super cute boy, Oliver, saves her from an old lady at the airport and then from boredom on the plane when they finally do take off. Hadley makes some assumptions about Oliver that are easy to follow along with at first, but after learning more about him, and still not truly understanding him, it becomes clear that Hadley is missing something important about his trip back home. Oliver's character is, in my opinion, written perfectly. He's witty, handsome and has that awesome accent that even though you're just reading it, you can totally hear it in your head. Oh, and he's a little bit of a dork, which makes him even more loveable, as if that were possible.

And as much as you expect to dislike Hadley's father, and his decision to remarry, it was impossible for me to do so. In fact, Hadley's character growth in this novel was one of the strongest selling points to me. Hadley's emotions are tumultuous and believable throughout. Smith does a remarkable job of making Hadley a girl you could connect with, making it impossible not to root for her to make the right choices. 

I loved this book so much, I think I'm going to start calling it THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST READ. 

My Rating:


10 comments:

  1. Wasn't this awesomely sweet!? I loved it all even the side stories. Great review chick I'm glad you liked it! :)

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  2. You're right, this was a GREAT novel. It completely lived up to all the hype.

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  3. Such a fabulous read! Thanks for the review!

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  4. GREAT novel...It is very interesting to read... It completely lived up to all the hype.

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  5. Do any of you people belive in love at frist sight? Because I was to one my friends(thats a boy) in Drama class! And he asked me if i did! And I could not give him a real anwser! He told me he did! Now I don't really think It is out there..

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  6. This novel is very interesting.Its title"THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT" is also very attractive.

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  7. The author came to my school. As an aspiring writer, I was keen to make a good first impression. During the Q&A I asked her how a young, unpublished writer like myself could get into the race. She was incredibly kind and advised me to keep reading and to send my work off to people like her, editors. I approached her before she left and personally thanked her for answering my question. In response, she signed the copy she'd been presenting and gave it to me in front of my whole year group. It was the first signed copy to exist in the UK. Jennifer E. Smith is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and my special signed copy (which had me finally at a loss for words for a long time XD) is the most inspiring possession I own. Whenever I doubt my ability to publish, I remember her kindness. I hope she reads this one day, so she can know what an impact she made on my life <3

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  8. Nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-statistical-probability-of-love-at.html

    They're turning this one into a movie. I'm so excited!

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)

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  9. 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. feng shui

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  10. This book and "This is what happy looks like" also by Jennifer E. Smith are the best books I have read in a while. They are both cute romances that will leave you turning pages like crazy! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes love stories!
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