Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Poppy (Little, Brown)
Hardcover, 236 pages
Date Published: January 2, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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 18B. 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.
There are some books that are so perfectly perfect that they make the reader swoon along with them. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one of those books. It’s romantic and heartfelt and so much more than just that – focusing on more than just the romance and allowing the reader to see true love in more ways than one.

There’s still plenty of romance. And it’s magnificently done, invoking butterflies and blushes and longing. Brit boy Oliver is sexy (he’s British, so obviously he’s sexy) and intelligent and quirky and funny and absolutely adorable in his randomness. He makes Hadley’s heart race and will do the same to the reader. Considering that a third of the book takes place in an airport/airplane, these two need to have some serious chemistry to keep the reader hooked.

On top of a romance that feels epic, there’s the backstory to both Hadley and Oliver. Hadley’s family dynamic is so well-crafted that I was there with her, the entire way, partially hating her father, while hoping the two of them could work everything out. The father/daughter relationship has just the right amount of angst and bitterness, then Smith throws in flashbacks of tenderness and undeniable love.

Hadley is everything readers could want her to be. She’s young and angry at her father, angry at her mother, but vulnerable and not jaded enough to have a complete disbelief in love. This book had me smiling from that very first page. Jennifer E. Smith knows how to write characters that the reader will feel an instant attachment to, and give us a story that is impossible to put down.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will sway even the most reluctant romantics with its delightful humor, heartfelt characters, and the idea that maybe love at first sight is possible. Smith’s collection of fate, coincidence, and love made me smile, it made me laugh, and it even made me tear up – it’s that good. As far as contemporary YA goes, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one of the best and a definite must read.

Opening line: There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: “You don’t light up,” Hadley pointed out, but Dad only smiled.
“I do when I’m with you.” ~ pg. 123

He was giving her the most important thing he could, the only way he knew how. He was a professor, a lover of stories, and he was building her a library in the same way other men might build their daughters houses. ~ pg. 153
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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4 comments:

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I adored this book--it was sweet, and satisfying, and well told. I also liked that it was as much about Hadley's relationship with her father and finding forgiveness for him and for herself, as it was about finding first love.

Jessi said...

I am SO excited to read this one. You're not the first one who has called it a must read and despite my general wariness with contemporary books, I've been impatiently waiting for this one to arrive in my mailbox! I'm totally in the mood for something fabulous to make me smile.

Great review. :)
~Jessi @ Reading in the Corner

Elodie said...

I haven't read a single negative review on this book yet so I'm very excited to read it .. I still have to order it though :) !! Great review :)

Lori said...

Loved this one!

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