Thursday, March 8, 2012

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


Published: Little Brown (1/2/12)
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Series: No
Source: Publisher
GR Summary: 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: OH, this book. Anna had told me how this one was quite possibly her favorite read of 2011 (yeah, yeah, there's a 2012 release date, I know) and I was ELATED to get my hands on a pretty finished copy. It was a quick read and I figured it'd be a fabulous way to kick start the new year. It was. Statistical Probability was so subtlely beautiful. There was actually kind of a lull in the middle, which upset me at the time, but hey! Absence DOES make the heart grow fonder!

I loved Hadley and I completely understand why she was so heinous at times. I would be too if I were in her situation. In fact, I think it's pretty freaking big of her to agree to stand up in her father's wedding to some younger little tart. I don't want a tart for a stepmom. But I'm also crazy and Hadley is a bit more level-headed. HOW LUCKY was it that she missed her flight? Because if she didn't, we wouldn't all have been enticed and romanced by Oliver. Um, he's British. And he's funny. And he makes me feel like airplane rides are the new biology class of matchmaking.

I love how the author made the smallest gesture feel huge. His hand on her knee to comfort her. Oliver simply making an observation of what Hadley was wearing. STANDING IN LINE FOR THE BATHROOM, FOR PETE'S SAKE. I feel like these are all pivotal moments. So much was said with so little. And the word "Wait" has never meant SO much or made my heart swell up to 50 times its size like it did in this book. (Oh, you'll know when you get there.)

So much feeling and sadness and revelations and acceptance wrapped into this pretty little package. Read this book if you want to FEEL.

11 comments:

  1. I really loved this book too and I think you're spot on when you say "read this book if you want to FEEL!" - Excellent :)

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  2. I WANT TO FEEL AGAIN!

    Damn it Jen my TBR is so freakin long I don't have time to re-read a book I just read like 6 months ago, BUT AHHH I WANT TO READ IT AGAIN.

    Fan-freakin-tastic review.

    Also, I am re-swooning. Oh, oliver. ILY!

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  3. You're totally right. I DID FEEL. It brought so much emotion to the door, and really I couldn't get enough. The sads with Hadley and her dad, and the blossoming love between Hadley and Oliver... and just, GOSH, I LOVELOVELOVE this book so much. You totally pinned down the best parts of this book as well. <3 your review!

    Asher

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  4. I love this book as well, you're right every little detail feels like so much more. Great reivew!

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  5. Subtle beauty. Revelations and acceptance. I need to read this.

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  6. I'm really looking forward to reading this one!

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  7. I'm not sure WHY this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for so long. I must read it soon. I want to feel all the things. :)

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  8. Haha, I love how you referred to the bride as a tart. Cause that's my last name and all, I always giggle when people use it like a real word. I digress...

    Contemps aren't my thing but I'm reading more of them and I'm doing a dang fine job. This is one that I actually want to read. I'm glad you liked it. It seems everyone has. But not-so-secretly, the cover is what sort of sealed the deal for me. It's pretty cute.

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  9. I LOVE books that make me feel! I need to get to this one asap!

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  10. This book made me want to jet off to Paris ASAP and find a hot British guy lol.

    PS - Thank you for saying tart.

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