30 April 2012
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Book: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Summary: En route to London for her father's wedding to a woman she has never met, Hadley meets Oliver. The chance of them falling in love might be as high as Hadley being able to forgive her dad.
Characters: I loved these characters. Hadley is real. She's mad at her parents for their divorce and still figuring out who she is. Oliver is sweet and charming. We only get to know him over the course of 24 hours, so he didn't make a huge impression on me, but he does feel right for Hadley and I was left hoping that they would make it.
The parent's are suprisingly well developed. Both Oliver and Hadley have issues with their parents, but the parents are never vilified. They are presented as real people who make mistakes and are still figuring out how to live a life. That's a real part of growing up... realizing your parents aren't perfect, but that they aren't trying to ruin your life, either. The new step-mom, Charlotte, is sweet and even though we don't spend a ton of time with her bridesmaids, they all have individual personalities.
Plot/Pacing/Structure: The book takes place over a period of 24 hours, but much of the book is Hadley reflecting on her relationship with her dad. Usually, I find myself drawn to one story line or point of view, but this wasn't the case for Statistical Probability (you really want me to write the whole name every time?). I found myself wanting to know why Hadley is so angry with her dad, but I also wanted to stay in the present to see what would happen next with Oliver. I was never bored and even though the story takes place over a short period of time, it feels both realistic and satisfying. The characters grow and change, the plot builds up perfectly, and, yeah, I cried a little bit.
Moments I Loved: Hadley's heart to heart with her dad on the dance floor is touching. It is the moment where it really feels like Hadley has grown as a person and, as a scene, it felt earned so it was emotionally satsifying. I also loved the scene where Hadley and Oliver first meet. The uptight lady made me laugh (although I get it!) and Oliver is charming.
WTF Moments: I don't think there were any moments that left me reeling. Nothing was particularly surprising and there were no super creepy moments that took a moment to digest. It was simply an enjoyable read.
GoodRead's reaction upon finishing: This book is super cute and completely lived up to the hype. The romance swept me away and the father-daughter relationship gave the story a depth I wasn't expecting.
Reading Challenges: This book counts toward the following challenges: 236 pages toward the 15,000 page challenge and Support Your Local Library. Track all my progress on my 2012 Challenges page.
And my first time using my rating system... The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight gets...