The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith
Purchased on my Nook
[#39 in my 75 book challenge]
If you’re looking for a cute, romantic book, this is it.
Hadley Sullivan misses her flight to London for her father’s wedding. Little did she know that missed flight would change her life. Oliver is also on that flight, British native returning home from his studies at Yale, and his ticket is for the seat two down from hers. The story takes place over twenty-four hours and Hadley and Oliver meet and Hadley comes to terms with her father’s remarriage. She learns a thing or two from Oliver, and he changes her life.
This book is classic romantic comedy. Hadley is putting up walls all over the place because she doesn’t believe in love — not after her father left her mother for another woman in another country. Oliver is cute, smart, British, and funny…the right combination for knocking down Hadley’s walls. There’s some depth to the story, and it wasn’t full of cliches, but the basic idea was pretty standard romcom.
There were no math equations or real nerdy moments (beyond some English teacher-y stuff). I was expecting some John Green-esque nerdiness, since he loved the book and all. It was minimal. More heavy on the family drama.
What I liked most about the book: Hadley gets things quickly. Sometimes you want to shake lead characters because they miss details or miss hints, but Hadley’s on it. That’s how this story avoided cliches. I do want to shake her for the whole grumpy, “I’m so pissed at my dad and I hate this wedding” bit, but the way she realistically and logically changes at the end makes up for it.
What I liked least about the book: I’m too jaded to really appreciate a book about eighteen-year-olds falling in love. We always see the FALLING but never the STAYING in love. Romantic Comedies are just as terrible about this as YA romance is. There’s always a dramatic build up, a romantic climax, and then the story ends with the declaration of feelings. What? That’s where the story begins! We romanticize the falling in love part. This book does exactly that.
FINAL GRADE: C Overall, good. But probably not overly memorable. It would make a great romantic comedy. It would also be a great addition to my middle school media center — good message, no sex or violence. Just nice, PG-level kissing, very pre-teen appropriate. The kids would like it. Fans of YA contemporary romance will enjoy it, and I have a few friends I’ll recommend it to.
How do you feel about romantic comedy romance? Does it affect how you think of real-life romance or is it just for fun?