Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight [Review]

[This was the only book I was able to finish during the Readathon from last week. I unfortunately got really busy and couldn't finish any of the other books I wanted to for the rest of the Readathon. However, I hope you guys enjoy the review!]

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
 Poppy/Little Brown
Release Date: January 22, 2012
Hardcover: 236 pages
Average Star Rating: 3.87

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.

My Review:
This book was a cute, refreshing read. A great summer read. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. Jennifer E. Smith did a great job at creating characters that I could not only relate to but loved to read about. I fell in love with Oliver. Totally love him! What's not to love? I mean he's attractive, funny, bookish, and has an accent! The main character, Hadley (how cool is that name?!) was very relatable to me especially. She comes from a broken home and I went through it and I could definitely feel what Hadley went through, especially during the wedding part.

Jennifer's writing was great. She hooked me in from the very first chapter and I just kept wanting more. I'd love to see a sequel to this just so I can read more of Hadley and Oliver (I know it probably won't happen, but a girl can dream right?!) Anyways, I loved the dialogue between Hadley and Oliver. I couldn't wait to read more with them in the same scenes.

It was amazing to me that the entire book took place within a 24-hour period of time. I thought that was wickedly cool. I have never read a book that took place within a 24-hour period and I loved it because I read it within 24 hours it felt like I actually went through it myself. It was also cool that each chapter started with the times in USA and then in the UK. 

Overall, I loved this book. It was cute, fun, relatable, easy to read, and thoughtful. Even though at times it made me sad (only because my boyfriend is away for 5.5 more months and all I wanted to do was cuddle up next to him after this book was finished) however, I loved every second! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary and an all-around great read!

Memorable Quotes:
“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.” 

“What are you really studying?"
He leans back to look at her. "The statistical probability of love at first sight."
"Very funny," she says. "What is it really?"
"I'm serious."
"I don't believe you."
He laughs, then lowers his mouth so that it's close to her ear. "People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely too fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.” 

“He looks at her and smiles. "You're sort of dangerous, you know?"
She stares at him. "Me?"
"Yeah," he says sitting back. "I'm way too honest with you.”

“You," he says, laughing in spite of himself, "are mad as a hatter.” 

“Love isn't supposed to make sense. It's completely illogical.”

“How long till you get here?"
"Not long," she says. "Not long at all."
He sighs again. "Good."
"But dad?"
"Can you remind me where I'm going?”

“He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.” 

“It's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity.”

My Rating:
4 / 5 Stars

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Standard info:

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, run from 12:01am on Monday, May 14th through 11:59pm Sunday, May 20st in whatever time zone you are in.
  • Bout of Books is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required. Co-hosts are there to facilitate blog hopping and interaction between participants.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

Since you'll most likely be reading anyways...you can join in on the fun and sign up HERE.

Now for my actual blog post for the read-a-thon! :]

My Goals
  • To have a bunch of fun!
  • To get back in the swing of reading
  • For this to help me get back into my blogging

Books To Read
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (goodreads)
  • Paper Towns by John Green (goodreads)
  • In Honor by Jessi Kirby (goodreads)
  • More to come later...

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