RTW: Best Book of February

From YA Highway:
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. 

This Week's Topic: Best Book of February

First:  Happy Leap Day!  Second: Happy Snow Day!  Winter has finally arrived here in Minnesota.  We've had a brown winter with a couple of false alarms, but the freezing rain started yesterday afternoon and it's been snowing on top of it all night.  In the ten years we've lived here, this is only the third time they've cancelled school.  Yay!  My kids will finally get to use their new sleds from Santa.

On to the best book of February.

I'm happy to say that I've gotten back on track with both writing and reading.  I only read a handful of books in February, and the best was one that I learned about from Katy Upperman's best book post from January.  I touched on it in a post a couple of weeks ago -- here's more about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.

Overview (from BN.com):

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. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

What first intrigued me about the book (besides the fab cover) was that it combined three irresistible elements:
  • It's a contemporary love story (the title might give that away)
  • Hadley, the MC, is dealing with some fairly heavy family drama
  • The setting: London (at least some of it - a good portion takes place on the flight over)
 My expectations of the book, based on the reviews of others, were high, and it did not disappoint. 

What I found most impressive was that the author was able to pack a lot of punch in a twenty-four hour period.  The range of Hadley's emotions during this time rang true with authenticity and it was sustained throughout the book.  And while some might question the believability of one or two major plot points, I did not.  I was carried on the wave of Hadley's experience.  To me, nothing seemed contrived or unbelievable, thanks to the fine and delicate way the author handled these elements.  It's a well-crafted book.

My only beef?  The third-person, present tense narrator.  I would have loved to see this in first-person, and I wonder if the author had ever considered and/or tried to write it in first or in third-person past tense.  Is Jennifer E. Smith on twitter? 

How about you?  What was your best book of February?

The view of my front yard, 6:45 am.
That white car to the left is stuck at the entrance of the driveway.

The view from my front porch, 5:30 am


  1. That snow is beautiful! This book has been on my TBR list, and I'm always interested in different choices for first or third person. I'll put it down on my list for March!

  2. Thanks for sharing your best read! I'll add it to my list. I love a good contemporary love story.

  3. Jealous of your snow day! We just have rain. And I've been wanting to read this for a while. But now, knowing her destination, I might have to save this to read on my flight to London in May :)

  4. Wow you got a lot of snow...Spring is here for us! :D
    I absolutely loved The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight :D

  5. I've seen a number of positive comments about this book. The idea of writing a story that covers only a 24 hour period is intriguing... challenging too. Sure, a lot can happen in a day--but given as much that happens in most novels, one might doubt a day could be *that* eventful. So that gets my attention. For me, the third person narrative is a plus. I think I prefer it over first person. Though I suppose it really depends how well it's done. Thanks for the review, Sara!

  6. I've heard a lot of good things about this book. I'm very interested in how the attraction develops in so little time.

  7. I'm jealous of your snow! I've had too little of it this winter.
    I have to pick up that book soon; it sounds fantastic.

  8. It looks so pretty there! And I think I'm going to pick that one up, I've been seeing it on a lot of blogs.

    And I've nominated you for two awards! http://onceuponatimelit.blogspot.com/2012/02/im-just-honoured-to-be-nominated.html

  9. The best book I read this month was a collection of short stories, "Fall in Love" by Lauren Kate. I'm getting anxious for the next book in the Fallen series to come out this was enough to hold me over for a couple more months. :-)

    That snow is beautiful - I'm jealous!

  10. Love the snow pics. It's summer here so was a little envious!
    You've tempted me to add another book to my TBR pile!!


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