Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cupid Cloud Hop Week One: Review of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith + GIVEAWAY

Hey guys! I'm super excited to be participating in the Cupid Cloud Hop, that's hosted by the lovely ladies over at WinterHaven Books. Click on the banner above to see who else is participating in this awesome event!

This first week is for us to put up a review of a book that has the word love, heart or sweetheart. You could have also just picked a YA contemporary romance, but I wanted to stick to the original. Luckily, I decided to pick up a paperback of The Statistical Probably of Love at First Sight (honestly, she couldn't have picked a shorter title?) and read it! Here is that review:
Goodreads rating: 3.79
Paperback, 236 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Poppy
Source: Bought

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. 

I've said many times that, while I love the young adult paranormal and dystopian genre, contemporaries always manage to surprise me in how much I enjoy them. This one is definitely a story I could relate to. I've been flying solo to my grandma's in Michigan for a long time now, and before I met my boyfriend, I always wondered what it would be like to meet an amazing guy on a plane. The chances of finding that amazing guy and sitting near him always seems impossible, but Smith made it possible. Hadley is going to her father's wedding, who she hasn't seen in a long time since he lives in England and she lives in the US with her mom. She's already decided that she hates not only her father, but her new step-mom. She misses her flight after fighting with her mom, and that's when she meets Oliver. He has an accent (mmm yes an accent, a British one!) and helps her with her bags with her when she goes to get some food in the airport. They talk for a while, and it turns out they're sitting in the same row. Since it's a flight from JFK airport to London, they have plenty of time to share a lot of themselves. But there are things about Oliver that Hadley doesn't realize until they've already landed. Until she's already been separated from him after they kissed.

The romance was very sweet, and I loved watching them grow closer as the book went on. It was pretty cheesy at first, as these things tent to be. I mean, meeting someone on a flight is crazy enough, but making a connection and wanting to find that person even after the flight. Oliver is really sweet and funny and obviously really likes Hadley. Hadley really enjoys his company and is beginning to like him a lot, but she's obsessed with how much she knows she's going to hate her new step-mom and how much she already hates her dad for marrying again. But after Hadley and Oliver are separated she can't stop thinking about him. Then she realizes why he was talking about his dad the way he was, and she knows she has to find him. The thing this romance was lacking was kissing. I mean, they're kissing on the cover. I think it should have been more than just a few, but I guess that wasn't the point of the story. The romance was there, but the underlying issues with Hadley and her dad and new step-mom and Oliver and his dad took the front seat for a while.

I didn't find myself getting bored with the parts that weren't all about Hadley and Oliver's budding romance. I wanted things to work out with her dad and even the step-mom who turned out to be much nicer than Hadley had thought. TSPoLaFS had the perfect balance of romance and heartache in other relationships. I think the only thing I would say is that I wanted it to be longer. Not only that, but the writing and the flow of the plot was sometimes a little off. The writing style was really nothing special and there were parts in the plot that I felt either should or shouldn't have been skipped over. I was glad that I picked this book up. I picked it up so soon after buying it because of this cloud hop, but I'm really glad I did. It used to be something I would always imagine, and so I was glad I got to live vicariously through Hadley. It would have been even better to read on a plane, especially since it's short enough to read on a flight from California to anywhere on the east coast or Midwest. So if you're going on a flight soon, this is definitely recommended!



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8 comments:

  1. I love pink and red Peanut M&M's!! =) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Wonderful post! It was great to meet you at the dark days event btw! (new follower XD)

    arlene...

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