Monday, May 14, 2012

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

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightWho 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.

Are you looking for an Anna and the French Kiss-esque story that you can read in one sitting, ultimately warming the cockles of your could little heart?*  Because if you are, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is it.  I curled up with this one on a cold rainy night, needing a refresher after finishing a different book which both bored and depressed me.  It was exactly what I needed.

I knew I needed to have this book as soon as I saw the cover.  I can’t even pinpoint what I love so much about it, I just do.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is written in third person present tense, so once I dug in, it took me a few pages to get into it.  Once I got a few chapters in, I was enamored with how Smith could create tension in just one short paragraph.

A lot of people are intrigued by this book because of the promise of a cute boy (who reminded me of Etienne St. Clair) and an even cuter love story.  What kept me hooked was that this was also story about real life and how one girl couldn’t seem to stop hers from changing.  Hadley’s family drama is not over or under done--it’s simply there, and that fit the story, because that is how real life works.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight gave me warm fuzzies when I needed them. I enjoy this book and its cover so much that I’ve felt compelled to leave it on my nightstand since finishing it.  Even if it bordered on predictable at times, I can’t wait to reread this one when I need a quick read to put me in a great mood.

*I don’t really think you are cold-hearted, unless you are Misty of The Book Rat, who has described herself as such.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.  Thank you!

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