Saturday, January 3, 2015

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

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
"If you love something, set it free"
Another year, another run at cracking 40 books.

My first exploit of the year? The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2011) by Chicago-born writer Jennifer E. Smith. I found the book via Her Nose In A Book, an awesome book blog you might remember from such reviews as Winter Town and Where Things Come Back. If you like John Green's writing and are looking for similar books to enjoy and fall in love with, head over to her (unfortunately) now-dormant blog and pillage it!

Back to regular scheduled programming.

The skinny

Divorces are always tough. Especially when your father moves across the ocean and gets engaged to a new woman super fast. It happens to Hadley, who isn't particularly keen on attending the wedding, but decides to still do so after some gentle nudging by her mother. The bad news? She misses her flight by about four minutes, meaning she'll be leaning at 10 AM for a 12 PM wedding. The good news? Her next flight has her seated next to British dreamboat Oliver, a tall, sweet and gallant chap who is almost too perfect to be true. The red-eye flight passes in a blink, but unfortunately the two lose track in arrival chaos. Will fate bring them back together?

The review

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a nice little read if you're looking for light vanilla romance. I liked how the story happened inside a 24-hour time period, was told in third person present tense, and featured a bunch of insightful family flashbacks. Those techniques, while fun, don't particularly aid #SPLFS's meandering storyline, which is so predictable and one-dimensional that it feels like an opportunity missed. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with fluff from time to time, but Jennifer E. Smith relies a bit too heavily on it in this one.

By the way, how much more appropriate would Lost and Found be as a title? Let me know in the comments!

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