"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Looking for a satisfying romance to read while lounging next to the pool or swinging in hammock this summer? The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith is your book. With surprisingly more emotional heft than expected this little volume is a treasure.
"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. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.---Goodreads
The whole story, which plays out in a 24-hour time frame, makes the reader believe in the possibility of love at first sight because we have just witnessed it here. While Hadley and Oliver are playfully getting to know one another, they both harbor inward struggles related to their families and why they are traveling to London in the first place. Quotes from Charles Dickens' book Our Mutual Friend add a literary touch to the story which helps lend credibility for insight and growth.

One of my students returned this book with the comment, "If this book were a brownie, it would be under-cooked because it was so gooey." Now you, the reader of this blog post, can make of that statement what you will but I am not completely in agreement with it.  The growth that both Hadley and Oliver display and the tender way the romance unfolds keeps it from being completely "gooey", or just sticky sweet for sweetness sake. But hey, I like my brownies under-cooked so I might not be the best judge.  Read it and find out for yourself.

20 books in July Reading Challenge

18/ 20 books. 90% done!

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