Saturday, January 28, 2012

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

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Pages: 236
  • Source: Own
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Overview

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 Thoughts


I had been hearing nothing but amazing things about this book, so I knew I had to read it. It was just as fantastic as everyone said. I am not one of those people who is into the whole insta-love thing so I was nervous about this, but it isn't like that at all. It is done in such a beautiful sweet way. I know that you are probably thinking "How can it be done in 24 hours?" Well I will tell you, it is like the longest 24 hours ever for them. You can fit a lot into a 24 hour period with a flight and lack of sleep. This story is so sweet, and touching, and romantic, I couldn't help but love it. Besides that, it was very realistic in how things happen. The writing is so beautiful too. I was just melting at how amazing the writing was. The characters are very likable and believable too. I felt all of Hadley's emotions, and she spoke and acted the way a girl her age should. How can you not love a book that's first line is There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently. 

The story starts with Hadley's account on what happened to make her late and miss her flight. She is put on a new fight, but has to wait a while before it departs. Then she meets Oliver. He happens to be on the same flight that she is now on. They also discover that they are sitting in the same row, one person apart. Their conversations are fun and normal. Very comfortable. They end up sitting next to each other on the plane and get to know each other a bit. Hadley forgets about how much she is dreading going to her fathers wedding. It's as if her and Oliver are in their own little world. Once they get to London they part ways and that's that. Right? Wrong!

I don't want to spoil anything for anyone so I will just say that certain events happen. It is like fate is on their side and they are meant to be together. It's not all happy, fluffy romance. There are some very heartbreaking moments if you are a sensitive emotional nut like me, but in the end you can't help but smile. The writing, I can't even explain how great it is. I wanted to hug and cuddle the book with a smile. The book is beautiful inside and out. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romantic read. 5 out of 5 stars.

15 comments:

  1. Great review Amy wasn't this so cute!? I also love Hadley's vice she sounded like a girl her age should. Glad you loved this too! <3

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    1. Thanks! I feel like this review is so lame in comparison to how much I loved the book, but I just couldn't find the words. I hate it when that happens. This is one of my favorite books of 2012!

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    2. Haha it's not lame! I know what you mean though I often feel like I can't possibly explain how much I loved a book sometimes. It's clear you loved it.

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  2. Awww...I'm so happy you loved it. Hadley and Oliver were so perfect. This book was sonmuch heavier than I thought it would be, too. Hadley and her father, what Oliver went through, it all amazed me and broke my heart. I just know at the end of 2012, TSPoLaFS will still be at the top of my list!
    Great review!

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    1. I agree! I loved this book, and the writing was just so fantastic! This will definitely be at the top of my list for a long time I am sure. It will probably make my top 10 of 2012. It's pretty hard to top!

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  3. wasn't this book just fabulous!! she is such a fabulous writer! i can't wait for more!

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    1. I can't wait for more either. She is a fantastic writer. I could read this book over and over again. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I just got this one in the mail! I'm really looking forward to it, and I don't like insta-love either so I'm glad to hear it's not at all like that :)

    Thanks for stopping my blog and entering the 1,000 follower giveaway!

    I also love seeing the Project Tell Taylor on your side bar--can't wait for that event!

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    1. Yay! I hope you love it! Congrats on the 1000 followers that's so awesome. I am really looking forward to Project Tell Taylor too! :)

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  5. Awesome review! I agree completely... with everything. lol. I loved how Smith was able to build a believable connection between Hadley and Oliver in such a short space of time. Loved Hadley's voice. She is just so REAL. Loved Oliver's humor and general optimism, even in the face of what he's been through.

    Unrelated note: I keep thinking that if this book were a movie, it'd be my favorite chick flick...or it'd at least tie with Love Actually... lol

    This book is fantastic, as is your review, and I know what you mean about finding the right words for books you love SO much. For what it's worth, I think you did an excellent job :)

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    1. Thanks so much Dani! I think this would be an awesome chick flick!! I absolutely adored Hadley and Oliver. *sigh*

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  6. I am so glad you loved this book. I knew you would! They are the perfect little book couple! At least to me. This book was so sweet and beautiful it just made my heart sing. :)

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    1. You were so right. This book was amazing!! I couldn't not get it will all the great things I was hearing about it.

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  7. I loved this book too! I read it over Christmas in the car on the way to my family's house! It was the fastest time has ever flown by in the car from Oklahoma to Texas! It was such a sweet book & makes you really believe that things like that are possible! I'm so glad they found such happiness in the midst of such hardships! Sigh!!!

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    1. It really is just such a sweet and touching book. I read it really fast too. It was just too great to put down. I really love them together.

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