The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reason chosen: Heard many people rave about the novel so I thought I would give it a chance.
Summary taken from Chapter’s/Indigo.ca:
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.
I heard so many people say so many good things about this novel I thought there was no way I could miss something so good, then went out hunted it down and immediately read it. It’s sad to say that I was a little disappointed. I found that it was highly focused on love and ignored the real world. I found Hadley’s priorities out of order, although I understand the emotion behind divorced parents and a parent re-marrying but what happened in the middle of her father’s wedding was almost childish. Perhaps that was the point to Hadley’s story...that she had to grow up and that it was to be completed on her journey to England, but she’s seventeen and I couldn’t get past what happened.
That aside the story was wonderful. The growing up by the shock of reality, and having someone else’s opinion striking home, and of course the finally coming to the conclusion that someone else’s life is worse off than yours was beautifully done.
The love story behind her and Oliver really did make me believe that the guy I sit next to on my next plane ride could be the one, and maybe the world really isn’t that big after all.
Oliver: Although he had one minor hiccup he was a pretty great guy, but we never did find out his major/research project.
Hadley: an interestingly complicated yet normal self-conscious girl
The middle of the wedding
A lot of filler/ background info: There were a lot of flash backs in the novel and they were required to get the whole feel for the novel; however, the flash backs made it seem like along novel and the actual events that occurred could fill about 100 pages. So it made it seem longer than necessary and slow.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall everything was written very well, the story was very well organized, and the character’s all interestingly developed. The story held something potentially great but it felt like only the beginning. It felt like Smith only scratched the surface of what could have been a great novel. Instead it felt like we got a short story with a lot of detail, as well as a very immature 17 year old.
But, it also felt like we got a glimpse at the beginning of a great love story, where they know they love each other but still have a lot of getting to know each other.
Viewer Type Recommendation:
Love stories, Young adult romances
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