Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith
To be honest, this book is nowhere near the type of thing I normally read. I'm used to action, magic, and dark, gritty themes. I picked it up mostly because the word 'statistical' was in the title and I'd just taken an AP statistics test the week or two before. Having read the book, I'm glad I took a chance on it.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the story of Hadley and Oliver, told over the course of 24 hours. The pair meet each other at the airport, only to find that they're both headed to London on the same flight and actually end up sitting next to each other. The pair bond over a 7 hour flight, only to realize at the end that they have to go two separate ways and they aren't sure they want to.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, besides being a book with an ungodly long title, was actually a really cute story. It's not going to be the next 'big thing' that everyone has to have, but it's really nice for a short, cute read. I personally read this while I was on the bus to and from work, and I think it makes for a good travel book: short and sweet without being so involving that you don't want to put it down to actually get things done. If anything, this book follows the skirt rule: long enough to cover what's needed, short enough to stay interesting.
While I wouldn't gush about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and demand that everyone read it, I will say that I'd recommend it for people who love normal teenage romances, without all the glitz and magic and vampires that overwhelm today's YA fiction. If you think you'd like reading a light romance with some comedy and drama thrown in for flavor, pick up The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight when it comes out January 2012.