Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pub Date: 1/2012
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: Imagine falling in love with a boy the moment you see him, improbable? Yes, but Jennifer Smith manages to make it wrk in her novel: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Hadley, a teen confused about where her feelings lie towards her recently divorced parents, is thrust into a sudden wedding in England. Although Hadley's story takes place over the course of a twenty-four hour period, you are convinced you just experienced a year's worth of events. Strongly portrayed, Hadley makes the type of decisions any teenager would make. Strange writes with a realistic manner that makes her novel a quick and delicious read.
Memorable or Forgettable: Although the novel only took place in twenty-four hours, as a reader, you still let as if you got to know the characters as well as their motivations. Because of the realistic element, Hadley's story becomes relatable to the reader.
Cover: The cover of the novel captures the contents of the story as well as draws the reader in, you get a sense of what the story is about. The only negative aspect of the cover is the long title. Even though the title does fit the story, it takes up too much room of the cover and draws attention away from the image.
Age Range: 12-17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal