Monday, May 7, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Standalone or Series: Standalone
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Poppy/Little, Brown
Publication Date: January 2, 2012
Source: Public Library
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.
The premise of this book was just too cute. A contemporary romance book, under the span of 24 hours and taking place on an airplane? Sign me up! This book consists largely of the present, but also many flashbacks into Hadley's past. I found it difficult to sink into the book in the beginning: the voice was kind of awkward and stilted, because I felt it was a strange way of writing third person. Not really to my taste.

After the initial stall, the book became much more interesting (especially at the end). Some of the flashbacks were boring, while others did a good job of enhancing the story and succeeded in making me cry or award it with some major "Awww" points. There were many flashbacks, as I seem to be noticing in books these days. But with this kind of book, it's inevitable. How else are you going to fill up a 24-hour (actually, 23 hour and 54 minute) long book?

This book was definitely cute and was well written enough to give me almost a full score of 5. It was an enjoyable read, and for being the type of book that it is (the delicious chick lit "fluff" I so adore), it's difficult for me to judge. It's either your type of book or not. If you're not into cliched romances, then avoid this one. But if you do like cute romance HEA books, then you should definitely give this book a shot.

First Line:
Airports are torture chambers if you're claustrophobic.

Quotes That Stood Out to Me:
"Those are cumulus clouds. Did you know that?"
"I'm sure I should."
"They're the best ones."
"How come?"
"Because they look the way clouds are supposed to look, the way you draw them when you're a kid.Which is nice, you know? I mean, the sun never looks the way you drew it."
"Like a wheel with spokes?"
"Exactly. And my family certainly never looked the way I drew them."
"Stick figures?"
"Come on now," he says. "Give me a little credit. They had hands and feet, too."
"That looked like mittens?"
"But it's nice, isn't it? When something matches up like that?" He bobs his head with a satisfied smile. "Cumulus clouds. Best clouds ever."

People talk about books being an escape, but here on the tube, this one feels more like a lifeline.

"Love isn't supposed to make sense. It's completely illogical."
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