Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Book Review

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Bought: Scholastic Book Fair
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Format: Hardcover
Page Number: 236

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. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. 

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

            I have a tongue twister for you, try to say that whole title 5 times in a row! Haha! Let's get started with the review!

This was my first Young Adult contemporary book, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed the story, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a light and fun read. A lot of people that have read this book say that they weren't a big fan of the 'insta-love' in the story, but I didn't see it that way at all. For a book that takes place in a 24 hour time period, I don't think there's room for a friendship to start to turn into something more over time. 

There was also a big part of the story that wasn't mentioned in the description of the book at all, and that was the fact that her dad was getting remarried. This was a major part of the story because it contains flashbacks of how Hadley and her mother dealt with the divorce and his remarriage. The whole reason why Hadley was even at the airport heading to London was for her father's wedding, which wasn't mentioned in the description either. If you've ever had to cope with your parents' divorce, I think this would be a really good book for you to relate to. Family is also a major aspect of the story. 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight really shows  what it's like to go through divorce, having to meet your new stepmother, and missing a flight! Hadley misses her flight by 4 minutes, causing her to have to re-schedule, causing her to meet Oliver. It's funny how if she hadn't had so many delays that morning, she wouldn't have met Oliver. It's the usual story in which girl meets guy at airport, they end up sitting next to each other on the plane, and falling in love. They're up all night on the plane talking about their lives, and before they know it, it's over, and they lose eachother after the arrival. The rest of the book is about whether or not  they'll find each other, and if Hadley can make it to her father's wedding on time. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the fact that there were soo many flash backs. I think the author was trying to show us more about Hadley's life, and everything leading up to meeting Oliver, but I just didn't like that. All in all, I give this book a 4.5 out 5 stars. Go read it! 

1 comment:

  1. It is really funny how you meet people places or ways you never expected to and how important they can become to you. I want to go back and read this book, maybe slow down some and take everything in. It was just too enjoyable, cute and fun not to speed right through it. I recommend this to anyone who wants a story about love at first sight that will make you laugh, maybe not cry but definitely feel sadness, and smile. It's a quick, fun read and I recommend it to anyone who is just looking to be entertained.
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