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review 2018-07-17 12:01
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith

This is a nice little book that covers the space of a day. (American) heroine and (English) hero end up sitting together on a flight from the United States to England, both ducking across the pond for family events.


Heroine Hadley’s family was torn to pieces when her father fell in love with an Englishwoman and abandoned them, and now she’s expected to attend the London wedding. This story is as much about family as romance.


As for the romance, I think the author managed the culture clash aspects well, and didn’t push things too far over such a short timeframe.


A sweet little book overall, though I’m not sure the father deserved to be so easily forgiven!

Source: nataliaheaney.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/the-statistical-probability-of-love-at-first-sight-by-jennifer-e-smith
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text 2017-10-25 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
Try - Ella Frank

Logan began walking toward him, and all Tate could think was, He should always be dressed in wet clothes. As he passed several other waterlogged customers, Tate noticed them looking him over as well, probably wondering how he still looked so appealing when he was just as wet as the rest of them.

Tate took in the water droplets sliding down Logan’s cheek, and his breathing faltered. When those same droplets then continued down to disappear into his shirt—holy shit—Tate knew he wanted to follow them with his tongue, and he wanted it now.


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text 2017-01-27 06:22
Friday reads 1/27 17
The Art of Being Normal: A Novel - Lisa Williamson
Love and First Sight - Josh Sundquist
Honesty - Seth King
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review 2017-01-24 18:49
Love and First Sight
Love and First Sight - Josh Sundquist

Love and First Sight is the first I’ve read by author Josh Sundquist.  I read it in less than a day because I just couldn’t put it down.  It is a gripping story with fabulous characters and an even ore fabulous story.


So much of YA fiction focuses on girls so I was happy to read this novel, one that focuses on a guy.  Will is not your average teenage guy, either.  He is blind and has spent most of his life sheltered from the visual world.  He has always gone to a school for the blind, and much to his mother’s distress, he has chosen to spread his wings and prove to her that he can thrive in the rest of the world, too.


The descriptions of the world as Will “sees” it are vivid and they only become more vivid after Will undergoes surgery.  The author really captures his journey and all of the emotionally charged aspects of it.  The emotional side of it all is something I never would have considered before reading Will’s story and it really was eye-opening.


The story is a wonderful blend of humor, stark reality, and adult choices.  It is as much a story of friendship as it is one of growth and coming of age.  It is also a story that makes you think.  Being in Will’s head makes you, as a person with sight, see the world in a different way.  It made me reconsider friendship and honesty and how differently even non-vision-related issues can be experienced by someone without sight.  And as Will goes through the experience of having to make a potentially life-altering decision, it made me think about all the implications of that kind of choice.  Choices that seem like easy ones on the surface, but really aren’t.  I enjoy a book that forces me to take another look at life and see it from an entirely different perspective.



This is a great read that will make you think.  The story is incredibly engaging and it is one that I won’t forget for a long time.  This is a book I highly recommend!

Source: thecaffeinateddivareads.multifacetedmama.com/?p=12255
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review 2017-01-23 23:39
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Love and First Sight - Josh Sundquist

I first discovered Josh Sundquist by reading his memoir, and giggling the entire way through it. I'm not generally a non-fiction reader, but I devoured that book. That meant that when I found out that Sundquist had written a YA book, I knew I had to read it. I couldn't wait to see how his wit and honesty translated to a fiction novel.

First off, I have to give credit where credit is due. It's very obvious from the first few pages of this story that Sundquist did a tremendous amount of research on visual impairment, and worked hard to make sure that he was accurately portraying Will's day to day routine. Pair that with a lovingly crafted character, complete with Sundquist's signature wit, and you have a story that is a joy to read. I fell in love with Will, and the rest was history.

When the experimental surgery came into the picture, I found myself riveted. Everything was described in intricate detail, but it never felt overbearing. Instead, I found myself in the same situation as Will. Wondering if the surgery would be worth it, cheering him on when he was doing well, and lamenting with him when things weren't going well. His parents were so wonderfully supportive, if a little over involved at times, and there was this whole aura of growth and love to this book. It was a happy place to be.

Even if the friendship turned romance hadn't been a main portion of this book, I would have still loved it. Still, I couldn't help but fall for the slow growth of Cecily and Will's relationship. Cecily's acceptance of Will, her ability to open things up for him with wonderful analogies, tugged at my heart strings. I knew that fight was imminent, and of course I was right. What is YA without teenage tension? Still, it all felt so perfect. Not a single sentence of this book felt out of place. It all worked to build up Will, and show how amazing a person he was.

I'd highly recommend this for your reading list! If it's not there already, it's well worth a second look.

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