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Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight + Giveaway

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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Release Date: TODAY
Publisher: Hachette/Poppy
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Requested from Publicist
Rating: Special Shelf
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About the Book:
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.
There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently...

I adore contemporary romance novels almost as much as I love paranormal ones, so I've been tingling with anticipation for this novel for quite a while! Hadley Sullivan is dreading her upcoming flight to England, where she'll be forced to watch her father get remarried to the woman who caused her father to leave his family behind, a woman, incidentally, she's never even met. Although ready to brave jet lag and sitting with strangers (never mind that she's claustrophobic), Hadley misses her flight entirely by a miniscule four minutes. Simultaneously tormented and soothed, she rearranges her flight and braces for the worst forty-eight hours of her life to begin. But those mere four minutes are responsible for so much more than a missed flight and will impact Hadley's life in ways she could never have predicted.

Hadley, hurt and bitter and resentful, is a pretty, pleasantly ordinary girl riddled with turmoil, yet she throws her chin up and takes the mature route, avoiding hysterics and annoying outbursts. Her pain is tangible, her distress and suffering becomes ours as we retrieve glimpses of her sweet, shattering past with a father who left her behind to be with another woman in, not a town or state away, an entirely separate continent. It's simple to hate him and blame him for the damage done to his and Hadley's relationship. But what I loved about this book is that it proves our feelings, which propel our actions, are so very complex, and while what her father did may not have been right, his situation spawns sympathy, and, eventually, forgiveness.

Oliver, a gorgeous, charming British boy with his own secret past, is not just that helpful stranger from the waiting area - turns out assistance is vital when trying to deflect the terrible disapproval of nosy old ladies - but also Hadley's flight companion for the next several hours. The flowering romance - which is not just limited to Hadley and Oliver necessarily, mind you - in this book conjures the warm and fuzzies and makes you want to curl up in bed, hugging this book and your pillow, fantasizing about meeting your true love in the seat next to you on your long, airborne journey to anywhere. I basked in their witty, insightful conversations, a trembling sigh escaped when a puzzled, intense look was shared, as if to say, I've found something amazing here, haven't I? Healing words of kindness and understanding, melting embraces, and the helping hand of fate combine to stitch a lasting bond between two characters, who, over the course of a single flight, in a matter of hours, not only fall in love with each other but make you fall in love with them too.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is so much more than what it claims to be. It's not a story that focuses solely on romantic love, love at first sight, but one that realistically and genuinely illustrates the means of forgiveness, family issues, and the abiding love between family members. This book resonated with me especially because Hadley and I share similar pasts and old wounds, and our feelings blended together until I couldn't separate which were hers and which were mine, causing me to leak an ocean of tears, particularly toward the end.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight caters to the belief that the magic of true love/instantaneous love may not be confined to only the storybooks, that some things, like family bonds, can weather anything. A novel with the potential to soften even the biggest cynic's guarded, resistant heart, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a wise, wonderful, heart-stopping debut that decisively places Jennifer squarely as an auto-buy author.

With that being said, I've decided no one should live without this book, if I can help it, so it's
Giveaway Time!
What you can win:

A finished copy of The Statistical Probability of Love at First by Jennifer E. Smith (and no you can't have my copy! :P).

Official Giveaway Info:
  • you do NOT have to be a follower
  • there are extra entries available
  • all entrants must be at least 13 years old or older
  • giveaway deadline is January 27, 2012
  • read my Contest | Giveaway page, as well as my Privacy Notice

This giveaway is open to EVERYONE, so long as the Book Depository ships to your shipping address.
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43 comments:

Tiffany said...

Nice review! I've seen so many amazing reviews on this book , it sounds like an amazing contemporary read and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Also, thanks for the great giveaway :)

Guen the Random Girl (Ezine of a Random Girl) said...

Oh my gosh, wow. That was an amazing review and I now have high expectations of this book! I don't normally read contemporary novels (I don't know why), but novels that don't just tap into romance but into relationships with the family and the emotions we struggle with.

I have a huge feeling this book will make me cry at the end and raise up my expectations on love. Ha.

Oh and thanks for the giveaway! :D

April (BooksandWine) said...

Every single thing you mentioned, I agree with. I absolutely loved the conversation and banter between Hadley and Oliver. I love how they finished each other's sentences. And the deeper themes. EVERYTHING.

Pretty much you just read my brain when it comes to TSPoLaFS, because I nodded my head and said that's it, totally right through your whole review.

TayteH said...

Yes i am. :D I want to meet Oliver!

Elodie said...

Thanks for the great review !! I'm dying to read this book, I've heard it resembles Stephanie Perkins' and I love them !! Besides, Oliver sounds like an amazing male character ..
Also a big thank you for the giveaway :) !!

Stephanie (PoetrytoProse.com) said...

Yes, yes, yes! I was expecting a lot of gushy cuteness with this one, and there was definitely enough of it in there, but the complex relationships and themes it delved to are what really stuck with me. It was such fantastic book.

Danielle Hill said...

Great giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed for this one! Thanks for posting.

Cathy said...

That's a really wonderful review! I've seen reviews about this book before, but this one really stands out! Thanks to to you, now I'm very excited for this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

Natasha Areena said...

This sounds really good. I was very intrigued by the title.I so want to read this book!Great review you have here, Asher!

A. Knight said...

Thanks so much, you guys!

Vicki Wilson said...

Would love the chance to read this one!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Ill admit, I was already excited about this book. But your review did amp it up!
thanks!

Kelly said...

I am SO excited for this book! Thanks for the great review and the giveaway! :)

miss B said...

Hey Asher! Thanks for the giveaway! :) There's one problem, though, I can't like your Facebook page. When I click the green button it says: "Could not retrieve id for the specified page. Please verify correct href was passed in."

miss B said...

I didn't know much about the book until your review. It helped and I'm now excited to read it!

kristina shields said...

definitely excited! this book sounds cute and romantic and i can't wait to read it!

roro said...

Thanks for the great review and the giveaway! :

Liz. R said...

I am so excited to start this now! I'm hoping to read it soon - it sounds absolutely amazing! I'm looking forward to all the warm, fuzzy feelings and witty conversations :P. Great review! :)

Tiffany Drew said...

I am extremely excited to read this book, especially after your review! I knew right when I heard the name of it that it was going to be a must-read for me, but I'm so glad it is getting such positive feedback. I chose this for one of the many 2012 reading challenges I signed up for so thank you for the chance at getting my hands on a copy!

Fara said...

Oh, I'm so excited! I really need to get my hands on this really quick and fast! Your review definitely helps =D

caroline.taylor078 said...

I have this book pre-ordered so it should be with me in the next week or so, I have really high hopes for it as I have literally seen nothing but great reviews for it! I am in the UK though and we had a horrible blue cover promoted for it so I am really hoping I get this cute black and white cover!

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Thanks

Kara D. said...

Very excited for the book! Love the review!

abookandashortlatte1 said...

I'm incredibly excited about this title. It's one of my most anticipated reads for the new year. Reminds me a bit of the Levithan/Cohn books.

bonny PMahajan said...

i m dyyyiiin to read this book
i so want an oliver too

Veronika said...

I can't wait to read this book! Thank you so much for the review!

Racquel (A Book Barbie) said...

I have been wanting to read this for months now! thanks for the giveaway:D

Racquel @The Book Barbies
-thank you&come again.

Fran said...

Great review:)

Cait said...

Really want to read this book so thanks so much for the chance to win!

Maddz said...

Seriously need to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Mimi Valentine said...

Ahhh, thank you SO MUCH for this awesome giveaway, Asher! I really want to read this book -- I'm so happy you loved it! :) <3

Ashley said...

Oooh,
I've been waiting so anxiously for a good love story with a cute British boy. I'm excited!

Rabiah said...

EPPPPP!!! Totally can't wait to get my hands on this book :D sounds so good, love that whole "fate" thing in books. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Chapter by Chapter said...

I have been wanting to read this book, and your review solidified my decision! Thanks for the giveaway :)

MaryAnn

Kaylyn's Book Blog said...

I am uber excited for this book I've been trying to get my hands on it for the longest time. I saw a bunch or people with it on IMMs and couldnt wait to grab a copy of my own but I haven't seen it in any of my local book stores ):

Mrs. ReaderPants said...

I saw this book at Walmart today and thought it sounded good. Now I wish I'd bought it--it sounds fabulous!

FallingAngelSavy said...

I really want to read this book. Great review!!

I saw it at my Barnes and Nobles i really wanted to get it.

Hayy said...

Can't wait to read this!!

layen said...

I was curious about the book title purely because of the maths LOL. But after reading lots of positive reviews, including yours, I can say that I'm very interested in reading this book :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I'm super excited about this one! It sounds so cute and everyone has seemed to love it so far! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sharmaine Chan said...

I don't really believe in love at first sight, so when I first heard this book, I immediately pushed it aside. But when I read the blurb and reviews, it made me think twice. So yes, I'm excited to read this book. Maybe this book will make me believe love at first sight, who knows? And yes, you're review also helped! :)

Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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nea barabea said...

I've already read it, but Hell, this book is amazing! So I would still love to have an actual copy :) <3 <3
And I'm such an idiot :P I've put myself as a new follower isteed of a old one :P :P

Great giveaway Asher!! :) ;) <3

Nicky Smith said...

Thanks for the giveaway... I'd love to add this to my classroom library!