Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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


Hardcover236 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Poppy
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. (Goodreads Summary)


I thoroughly enjoy a good love story. So, the statistical probability that I would like this book was 99.9%. And oh dear did I love it. This book is so many shades of good. I think it can best be described in the tears that were my constant reading companion. This book (the story and the characters) took root in my heart and forced the tears to help it grow. So not fair. After I finished the last page, Baby Bear (the little girl I nanny), looked at me and asked "Are you happy or sad?" To which I said as I clung to her, "Oh Baby Bear, I am so beautifully and painfully both.

For all of us romantics out there, this book knows just where to hit us. On an airplane, flying to England, with an adorable Brit -- named Oliver nonetheless. Who doesn't dream of this scenario? He is cute. He is funny. He is chivalrous. He has powder from a donut on his shirt and mustard on his chin. In one word--endearing. I nearly booked a flight to London and planned to miss it by four minutes just to see how good the statistical probability of me recreating this scenario might be.

The romance that blooms between Hadley and Oliver is what the title tells us to expect. What we don't come prepared for are all of the emotions of loss and betrayal that center around Hadley's reservations and embitterment about her father's new marriage. The father/daughter relationship in this book was almost too much to bear. As a reader, we empathize with Hadley. We are right there with her through every hard and worthwhile moment. It was these moments that had my heart aching and my eyes brimming with tears.

No matter what note you relate to Hadley on, the element of moving on and a new stage in life can resonate with all of us. Nostalgia--such a beautiful ache. 

I loved every minute of this heartfelt novel. (Rating 5/5)

Since I love, love, love this book so much, I have decided to share that love with a giveaway. 

The Statistical Probability of Winning a Book Giveaway:

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Giveaway policy:
U.S. entries only, please.
Winner will be chosen at random. 
Winner will be notified by email.
Thanks for participating! May the statistical probability be in your favor!


25 comments:

  1. Really wanted to enter but I'm in Canada *sigh* I hope Canada would be considered... please!!! I really want this book!

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  2. I think I would most like to find love at first sight somewhere unexpected, like a sci-fi geek convention or something so maybe he's into the same geeky things :)

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  3. This does sound good. I recently read Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr and I just loved reading about the father/daughter relationship. Brought me to tears. I'm going to definitely have to read this book too.

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  4. I would love to find love in a different country, so that way I can learn about there culture!

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  5. Wow! I've been dying to read this but your review! I need to get my hands on this! Haha, Oliver does sound endearing. Loved the "...so beautifully and painfully both" part.
    Ahh. I don't know. Maybe it's just me, but I'm terrified of believing you could discover love at first sight. Don't want to be disappointed. But it would be a dream to have the cliche where you drop something and the guy stoops down to help pick up your stuff. Like it was a chance thing. Ok, I'll stop being sappy now. ;)

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  6. Europe, cause they ALL have sexy accents there!! :D

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  7. I'd like to find love at first sight when I'm doing something that I love! (ie at a sporting event, or an outing or something) because that means that they're probably interested in some of the same things I am--something to bond over! :)

    thanks for hosting such a fantastic giveaway! I've heard so much great stuff about this book!

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  8. I have had my eyes on this book for-ev-er! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    -Shellie
    P.S I have one going on of Article 5 by Kristen Simmons on my blog right now
    www.creativereads.blogspot.com

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  9. Maybe on a street in Europe. Hahahahaha! That would be soooo nice

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  10. If I had a choice, I'd like to find love at first sight in a bookstore or a library. That way we'd have a common interest :)

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  11. Hmmm maybe the Library, Museum or Rollercoaster things I all love lol!

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  12. I would love to find love at first sight sitting in a little bookstore in Paris, when a man just walks up to me and asks what I'm reading. SO romantic!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Maybe while on trip to Greece, my favorite place. :)

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  14. I all ready find it, it was in a bar, and is a grat story.

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  15. I would like to find love at first sight while sitting by a lake reading an epic-sized classic (like East of Eden or something) and the guy walks up to me and strikes up a conversation because he likes women who enjoy reading classic novels for pleasure :)

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  16. In my dreams it would be in another country with someone with a really hot accent that calls me some really sweet nickname. Realistically, it was in the parking lot of a 7-11. We've been married 20 years, so there you go.

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  17. ANYWHERE!!! As long as it's love at first sight, it doesn't matter where it happens :) Haha, thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

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  18. I'm going to have to go with England or France because of Anna and the French Kiss :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Most likely first day at a new school... LOL :P Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  20. As long as I found love, it wouldn't matter where I found it!

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  21. I've already found it. :) And it was awesome. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I've had my eyes on it for awhile.

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  22. I'd most likely find love at first sight in a bookstore. In the YA section. If I can find a guy who enjoys awesome young adult literature as much as I do, it's definitely love at first sight. And if he's in front of the Harry Potter display, or in a Starbucks leafing through a well worn copy of HP, I'll also know it's got to be love.

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  23. A bookstore! I'd love to find a boy who loves books the way I do!

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  24. I'm going to go with an art museum.

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  25. I won thanks I reply to your mail already. Thanks again.

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