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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
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Jan 10, 2012

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Read from January 09 to 10, 2012

Look at that cover. Then read the title. How can you not be attracted to this book.

The reason this book worked out was because of Hadley. She is such a transparent character, which is a good thing. Within a few hours of meeting Oliver, she is candidly telling him about her anxieties toward flying and her father. She completely opens up and allows the reader to sympathize with her. Hadley’s strong connection with her mother also makes her a likeable character. I enjoyed reading a teen book where family was important.

The third person point of view felt a bit forced. Although Hadley’s parents had names, they were often referred to as Mom or Dad. Since the whole story was centered around Hadley, first person may have been a better choice. It felt more like a third person PoV trying to be a first person PoV.

Most of the story was predictable but Smith’s writing style will keep you reading. There was just enough description to help you visualize. All the small details that were added made the characters real; Smith showed their flaws. Even the pacing was just right.

The Bottom Line:

Fans of contemporary/romantic teen fiction should definitely give this book a read. Others should pick this up when in the mood for a quick read that will warm your heart.

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