Monday, January 23, 2012

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

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith
Little, Brown Young Readers
January 2012
236 pp

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.

I've come to expect that most YA novels I read nowadays don't feel like YA except that the main characters are going to be teenagers. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a YA novel that felt like it really was meant to be a YA novel. Not to say I didn't thoroughly enjoy reading it -- I loved the writing style and felt immediately drawn to the characters. But, I didn't relate to them like a friend would, but more like a parent; I wanted to comfort them and to admonish their poor decisions (a few of which had me shaking my head). Jennifer E. Smith's writing is fresh, flowing easily and pulling you through until the last page. It made me believe that you really can find love when you aren't looking for it at all.

Rating: 4/5

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