Thursday, 8 December 2011

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

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith
Poppy
[January 2, 2012]

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.

So this book is probably the cutest thing ever and I want to hug it.
Hadley and Oliver had this instant, amazing connection. Was there insta-love? Yes, but there was meant to be insta-love (I mean, have we read the description?) and it worked due to the circumstances. So, y'all take note THIS IS INSTA-LOVE DONE RIGHT. 

Hadley was a wonderful character. She was flawed but easy to relate to. Her character made sense. On the other hand, we had Oliver. Equally wonderful, flawed, and easy to relate to. And also Oliver's British...so yeah. They were real teenagers and they made sense and they seemed like teenagers and I just want them to make out all the time and have beautiful, awkward babies with British accents.

This story was amazing. It did make me think a little bit and had this bit of a heavy feel, but it was also fun and lighthearted. It did surprise me at times, which you would think isn't easy considering the type of book. But definitely didn't see some of the events that popped up.

The writing? Freaking awesome. It was actually told in third person. While reading, I kind of realized how rare that is in YA. I kind of really appreciated the rarely used perspective, much though I love my first person. It was just so fantastic and I want to hug Jennifer E. Smith in the non-creepiest way possible. I read this whole book in one day (technically two sittings because I stopped to take a shower, but whatever.)

Honestly, just go buy this book. Go buy it now. Right. Now. You will not regret it.

--Julie

3 comments:

  1. I'm hearing so many great things about this one. Usually, I am bothered by insta-love but I guess this book proves that it IS possible to write a book with convincing insta-love. Can't wait to read this for myself. :)

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  2. Aww, I love the title! And yes, 3rd person are definitely rare in YA. Definitely adding this on my list. =)

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  3. I loved the use of 3rd person in “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight”! It was done SO well... I think it really helped the story seem more heartfelt and emotional, especially with the relationships between family members. Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2011!! :)

    - Alyssa of Redhead Heroines

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