Monday, January 30, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - a review

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith - 256 pages

This book was just sitting on a shelf at B&N and it said to me "I'm a cutesy ootsey bookey wootsey. Yes I am. You want to buys meeeee." I hate baby talk. But the title is clever and I'm a sucker for that. I'm also a sucker for a book that is so adorable that I can't even hear myself think over the awww noises that I make the entire freakin' time.

But I--as a man--am allowed to make these various noises because:
  • I run marathons. 
  • I drink straight bourbon. 
  • I watch Ice Road Truckers.
So I've earned my awwws and my Mancard can't be rejected.* Especially after I get the Deathstar tattooed on my back. Then I'll be double the man I am now.

Anyways, less talking about why I can read this book and more talking about the book.

Hadley Sullivan--an American Girl--is just sitting in an airport and a guy named Oliver--a British boy--walks up and asks her if she needs help carrying her luggage. (Luggage pickup lines are the best kind of pickup lines. You get to show your muscles and be chivalrous.) 

The two decide to sit next to one another on an eight hour plane ride to London from New York. They engage in deep and flirty conversations. The topics include the wedding Hadley is on her way to (she has daddy problems) and what Oliver's major at Yale University is (he has parental issues as well--a perfect match!).

Between Hadley dumping all of her issues on Oliver and a scene in which he steals some whiskey from a passing cart; the two start to fall in love at first sight. Hence the long and clever title.

The book is cutesy ootsey because of the flirty conversations and because it's over-the-top romantic comedy material. It's almost on the level of Elizabethtown and I love the movie Elizabethtown because it is over-the-top romcom material.

But at the same time I couldn't help thinking--just like with Elizabethtown--that it was all a little too convenient. At some points my brain was shouting:

OH WOW THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE MEETING IN AN AIRPORT. HEY GUYS THEY'RE MEETING IN AN AIRPORT! 

And: 

OMG WITTY AND INSIGHTFUL GUY MAKES A WITTY AND INSIGHTFUL COMMENT TO A PRETTY GIRL WHO READS BOOKS. 

But then there are moments where I was all like:

OMG ARE THEY GOING TO KISS. KISS HER! KISS HER DUDE! SHE'S AWESOME! SHE READS CHARLES DICKENS!

But none of that matters because Jennifer E. Smith pulls it off and makes it charming in a way that even I--as a manly man--enjoyed. If there's ever a movie version of this book I'd totally go see it under the pretense that my girlfriend dragged me there to see it.**

*Is Mancard one word or two? Or is it hyphenated?
**And I would secretly enjoy it but out loud I would shun it.

32 comments:

  1. haha omg, i love this review! so glad you've earned your awww's because this book is definitely swoon worthy!

    again, awesome review. tspolafs definitely deserves it(:

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    1. Thank you! It is a very deserving book. Often when I awww I curse afterwards. That's me trying to make up for the awwwing, I guess.

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  2. You secretly enjoy things but outwardly shun them? Oh, I'm on to you men now.

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    1. Maybe I should write a blog post about it? Haha. I secretly a lot of romcoms.

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  3. Oh Adam you loved this book, admit it! Ok so maybe you already did, haha. And I think man card is two words. I could be wrong though. Also, I ADORED this book. I can't handle cheesy moments, so I thought this book added just enough cheese but not over the top cheese where it sticks to the roof of your mouth.

    P.S. Elizabethtown is one of my favorite soundtracks ever.

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    1. I in no way shape or form have that same soundtrack on my iPod. Nor will I admit it.

      I can't handle cheesy or embarrassing moments either. Sometimes I have to turn away because I just feel awkward FOR the main character. This happened several times while reading SPOFL.

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  4. I don't love contemporary YA books but enough people have awww'd over this one, so I decided to eventually read it. But now that a man has even liked it, it has a little teensy bit more cred. Seriously, I have this thing against contemps. But, wait...

    ...is that The Knife sitting in your sidebar? Have you started Chaos Walking and not said anything?

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    1. I had to read because everyone else was. I felt like I was missing out, turns out I was.

      Yep. I already finished it. I might read the sequel next.

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  5. HAHA. My husband does the "secretly enjoy but shun" trick. I am privy to his trickery. I love how the TV happens upon movies like Clueless or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days without my request. He now admits to loving them but in the beginning, he would hover his finger over the channel button but the channel never changed.

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    1. Me and your husband are kindred spirits. If anyone were to investigate my Netflix instant queue they would see: Mayor Cupcake, Stargate SG1, and Notting Hill.

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    2. My hubs totally does the same thing. He recently started watching Downton Abbey.
      "FINE. JUST ONE EPISODE" he tells me.
      5 hours and 7 episodes later, he wants to skip work the next day to watch more.
      LOVE.

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    3. See, I've been meaning to watch Downtown Abbey since it showed up on Netflix. I need to check it out since another guy thinks it's cool.

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  6. BAHAHA you are my new favorite. It changes every week. But seriously.

    Straight bourbon definitely takes manliness to drink.

    I'm glad you liked Stat Prob -- I too was like come on just fricken kiss already. And then they did and it was AWESOME.

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    1. Aww! (that was a manly aww). Thank you! I get antsy when people are about to kiss. Especially in book form since I can't skip chapters or sentences.

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  7. Haha! Hilarious review! I need to read this. I keep seeing it everywhere, it must be made of awesomeness.

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    1. I kept seeing it everywhere as well. I figured there must be something to it... I was right; it's freakin' adorable. I'm probably the only guy who has read it (someone please prove me wrong).

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  8. I have the theme song to Two and a Half Men stuck in my head after your manly man comment. I love Gooey romances...I love fairy tales....I love unicorns...this was my "aint never gunna happen to me but I wish it would" read of the year! And ohhh I loved Elizabethtown!

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    1. Happens to me all the time. Mennnnn. I don't even watch the show but I know the song.

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  9. thanks for the review. sometimes you just need a gooey romance (even if you're a boy). if this becomes a movie, i really hope it's better than elizabethtown because i remember it being pretty awful (sorry if there are etown lovers out there).

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    1. That's very true. It's why I find myself sometimes reading science fiction novels based on video games; sometimes you just need something (like exploding aliens!).

      I think Elizabethtown is one of those hit-or-miss movies. No one is ever "Err. It's okay." It's always "didn't like it" or "loved it!". Nothing wrong with not liking a movie. :)

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  10. In addition to you writing reviews of YA and Jane Austen, the future Death Star tat on your back is the coolest thing about you.

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    1. Haha. Not actually in the works. But I am working on one of a Dalek from Doctor Who right now. I have others, though.

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  11. Now I REALLY want to read this book! I've had my eye on it since Ginger mentioned it. And OMG! LOVE Elizabethtown (bit Orlando fan...). Even better reason to read.

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  12. Leila did it, and now you too are pimping this book - I'll have to get my grubby paws on it soon.

    If you get a Dalek tat that truly will be the coolest thing about you! Just saying.

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  13. Comparison to Elizabethtown? Hahaha yess!!!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds awesome. :)

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  14. It reminded me of Before Sunrise/Sunset, but with a bit more action going on. As a fellow guy who read this (there's at least two of us), I found the title alone intriguing and the execution worked (mostly) for me.

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  15. Thank God there's at least two of us! Two more guys and we can start a bowling team or something!

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  16. Couldn't agree more! This was one cute book! I'm wondering if you've read Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley? It's is very similiar to this one but I think I loved it just a tad bit more. :) I'm new to your blog so I'm not sure if you've read/reviewed it yet. If not, I highly recommend it. Or you can check out my review.

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    1. Welcome to my blog! I actually have Graffiti Moon on my TBR right now. I enjoy books that take place over the span of one day. Especially love at first sight books. I'm going tp go ahead and bump it to the near top of my pile.

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  17. Nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-statistical-probability-of-love-at.html

    They're turning this one into a movie. I'm so excited!

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)

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  18. Filled with humor and warm-hearted storytelling, this book is a beautiful reminder of the quirkiness of love, and our own headlong, crazy rush of first love. My only hope is that Oliver and Hadley are still together fifty-two years from now.

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