Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

[Most] Everyone loves a little of the mushy gushy, cutesy wootsy, makes you giggle kind of stuff in their lives, at least sometimes, so what better a day than VALENTINE’S Day to share with you a nice little YA novel that gives you a little bit of all of that.  So, without further ado, the V-Day Book Review!

Title/Author:  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit

Published:  January 2nd, 2012 by Poppy/Little, Brown and Company

Hardcover, 236 pages

How I Got the Book:  Checked it out from the library.

Why I Picked It Up?:  I was on the look out for a cutesy book I could read and review for Valentine’s Day, and this one was just sitting on the New Teen Books shelf, so I snagged it looking for a quick and fun read!

Book Jacket Blurb:  “Today should be one of the worse 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 airpot’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.”

My Review of the Work:

This novel is a very quick read, but it is an enjoyable read too.  The premise of this novel is the teenage version of the movie Serendipity, only without the dollar bill and the book.  Just a good old-fashioned love-at-first-sight? kind of story.

The chemistry between Hadley and Oliver is extremely enjoyable to read.  Their banter back-and-forth is very teasing and very comfortable–this is my absolute favorite thing about this novel!  I just loved how easily and jokingly they could interact with each other inspite of everything that was going on in their personal life.  It is definitely written in a very realistic way–how easy is it to spill what’s on your mind to someone you don’t know (or don’t know well)?  Hadley and Oliver’s story is very cute and quirky, even if it is a little bit of insta-love.

I wasn’t really expecting quality form this relatively shortish novel, but I must say, I found myself surprised at how much substance was included in this quirky YA romance with regards to family relationships.  Though it does not go too in depth (it is only 236 pages after all), this novel addresses the dynamics with parent-child relationships.  Hadley’s dad is getting remarried to a woman she has never met, and she still feels the sting of when her father decided not to come home from his four month sabatical at Oxford.  Oliver has to deal with a fragile relationship with his father after he decided to follow his own path.  I appreciated this little bit of substance in this otherwise cheeky story.

Overall, this novel is a great read if you are looking for something light and fun without the steam of hardcore romances.  It is just full of innocent serendipity and is a cute quick read.

My Bookshelf Rating:

A Middle Shelf Book.

A quick, quirky, and likeable read for a little bit of Valentine’s Day, love-is-in-the-air spirit.  This novel is a fun read for those of you looking for something along the lines of your good, old-fashioned romance movie.  No steamy action, just some nice, clean fun that will make you smile.

Love and Valentine’s Day treats!,
Jennifer

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