People, what can I say? Yet another review by a guest blogger…though((!!!) this one is a suprisingly legitimate collaboration between an author and myself. It is a far more planned and thought out than my groveling, prostrate before Richelle, our hard working guest blogger, a day before I need her to review something and who to her great credit, never turns me down (thank god). Author, Sarah Billington, reviews one of her latest fave reads and tomorrow we’ll return the favor by reviewing one of ours, her book The Kiss Off.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
A book review by Sarah Billington
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of Hadley’s life…
Her father is getting married in London to a woman she’s never met, and she’s just missed her flight.
Hadley has never believed in destiny or fate before…
But, stuck at the airport in New York, today is also the day she meets Oliver. He’s British. He’s cute. And he’s on her new flight.
Set over twenty-four hours, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
Sarah Billington’s Review:
Life gets busy, and for the past couple of months I have been frustrating the heck out of myself, by starting reading books, getting halfway and then getting excited by aNOTHER book and starting that. I have a whole stack of half-finished novels at the moment and have been dying for that book that would NOT let me put it down.
For me, The Statistical Improbability of Love at First Sight was that book.
I read it in a single day, when I really should have been doing other stuff. But I don’t regret it one bit.
The plot is a lot deeper than I at first thought it would be ( judging the book by its title), and I found that I could very much relate to the protagonist, Hadley, who is severely conflicted in how she feels about things and
people in her life. She loves her father, but he has hurt her and her mother and broken her family, so she also hates him. But she also misses him with all her heart but he’s getting married – there’s no return from this, her family is broken for good – so she also hates him.
The writing style is simple and easy to read, there aren’t a lot of poetic flourishes and though they can be beautiful and inspiring in a book, I appreciate simplicity of style just as much.
And Oliver, the love interest, wasn’t portrayed as a swoon worthy boy who is complete perfection, but a real one. Sure, he’s described as being good-looking (but isn’t everyone good-looking to someone?), but he’s also funny and playful, thoughtful and genuine and as I said before: real.
I loved how the book and all relationships developed and changed. Jennifer E. Smith did a wonderful job with The Statistical Improbability of Love at First Sight, and I’m looking forward to whatever she writes next.
So based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine 8
How much did I like the love interest 10!
How believable is the plot 8
How much did I like the writing style/editing 8
How much did I want to keep reading 10!
Final score 9
Woohoo! Judith here! A big thanks to author, Sarah Billington, for being our guest blogger today. For those of you who haven’t yet been exposed to Sarah and her fun, quirky writing style, you are missing out on something monumental. The girl is that good. She’s also aussie which seems to give her more credo though I’m not exactly sure why…her latest book, The Kiss Off, is set to be released May 15th but you’ll get the skinny on it tomorrow right here. That’s right, we’ll be reviewing The Kiss Off as part of the The Kiss Off Blog Tour and you’ll want to tune in for that review because a) it’ll be my first review in 2.5 weeks (lazy lazy I know but there were extenuating circumstances! Honest!); b) the book has a pretty interesting premise and the ending may shock you c) you missed me. Pick any or all of the above.
A little bit more about Sarah plus pictures! Enjoy.
Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.