Rather Be Reading » A Blog by Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Each Other

Masthead header

Tag Archives: the statistical probability of love at first sight

Estelle: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: Poppy (Hachette Books) Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Summer, fate, celebrities, secrets Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: A wrongly addressed email leads to an unlikely friendship between Graham […]

View full post »

July 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

Jennifer E. Smith Writes about Setting the Scene - […] Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and meeting a celebrity. (Even though the main […]

May 15, 2013 - 10:24 am

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - […] I did very much enjoy it. I loved Graham and I loved Ellie.  But must like Estelle said in her review, the father plotline got to me.  If iit had EXISTED, fine.  But it consumes a big portion of the […]

April 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Fiction Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - […] I found out after I finished that Jennifer E. Smith (This is What Happy Looks Like) was the editor of this book. Really. Can this book get any […]

March 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Rather Be Reading: April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

March 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

What Happy Looks Like: Dream Boyfriends, Estelle - […] I’m celebrating the two-week mark before Jennifer E. Smith’s new book This is What Happy Looks Like comes out! (If you didn’t catch my review from last week, here ya go.) In the book, Ellie and […]

March 17, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. […]

March 14, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Tabitha S. - OH. I’ve only read one book by Jennifer E. Smith (statistical probability of love at first sight), and I wasn’t too impressed. I mean, I definitely enjoyed it – it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. This one sounds more… my style? And I’m really hoping to enjoy it!

Great review!

March 13, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I was already excited to read this, but now I seriously cannot wait. I loved Statistical Probability and really need to get a hold of her others. Awesome review (as usual), Estelle!

March 13, 2013 - 9:41 am

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I really love how the relationships on happenstance and circumstance. It really leaves room for a cute, quirky romance. I haven’t read anything by Smith before (I’m awful, yes), but I do love how, like you said, her romances aren’t just chemistry and sex. There almost always seems to be something more between the love interests, which is wonderful.

March 12, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I mean really, this is what I hope for in each and every book I read ever: “Great settings, personal challenges, romance, and dimensional family dynamics!”

SCORE.

March 12, 2013 - 8:09 pm

lily - OMG i’m looking forward so much too this one! I love this offer and the one random meeting thing is serouisly cute!

March 12, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - “One common thread between Smith’s work, one I believe sets her apart in the young adult genre, is the way she crafts relationships between her characters. They are not solely based on chemistry and attraction, and much of the time, are built upon something so much more: shared interests and bonding over silly yet important details; there is a certain amount of maturity given to these characters and friendship becomes the root of any romance.”

That right there is perfection. This is how I want my YA romances to be. The only one of Smith’s books I’ve read thus far is The Statistical Probability, which did have a great bond between the characters, though I would have appreciated a longer timeline. Sounds like I REALLY need to read some of her other books!

March 12, 2013 - 7:01 am

Lori - You have definitely made me more excited to read this one. It sounds so great!

March 11, 2013 - 11:54 pm

Anna - <3 <3 <3

She really is one of my favorite writers out there.

March 11, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Rachel - Estelle. I love. your. review. I have this on my nook and I’m hoping to get to it soon (I think I say that about everything, though). I actually like that there isn’t the urgency that there is in Statistical because while I absolutely adored it and it was really magical, I like more of the slow burn kind of thing.

March 11, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - YAY!! I’m so glad you liked this one so much, Estelle. It sounds so stinking adorable, and I can’t wait to read it. I love the fact that there’s a beach town in Maine. I don’t know why I love beach towns in Maine SPECIFICALLY slightly more than I love beach towns in other places, but I do. File that one under “Amy’s million oddities.” But I like the idea of these two people not really knowing each other and yet KNOWING each other at the same time. And ever since I read Stat last year, I’m confident in Jennifer E. Smith’s abilities to make me feel all the feels. Great review!!! 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 9:34 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I have been looking forward to this and I’m actually really glad that it’s different to TSPoLaFS because while I thought it was an ok read, I didn’t love it.

Beach side/summer reads are some of my faves and this sounds adorable!

March 11, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Kelly - Why do they always need to complicate things even further with an unnecessary secret? Other than that, this one sounds great! I really love how you compared it to Stat, even though I haven’t read it yet. I think between the two, I’d prefer the “gorgeous, quiet moments that encompass a lot of introspection from both sides” of Happy anyways 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just finished this one last week. I really liked it. I’ve only read Smith’s Statistical, and of course loved that one, too.

The secret you were talking about. Yeah, I wasn’t a total fan of that secret. I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Ellie dealing with her secret, and Hadley (I think that was her name from Statistical) dealing with what he father did. Neither, in my opinion, had great fathers. Well, Hadley’s was better I guess, but to be completely honest if my father every did any thing like I don’t know if I could have forgiven him. Cheating is NOT OKAY in my opinion.

Anyway, great review. I definitely did like Happy. I loved the Maine setting. It made me want to go back there.

March 11, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Vivian - I loved Stat and really wanna this book too. It’s great that its diff than Stat, yet Jen’s writing shines thru and her characters stand out with their romance and personalities. Great review!

March 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Tara - I am so beyond pumped to read this one! I like how you mention it’s NOT TSPOLAFS–I think it’s important to remember that going into TIWHLL.

(how about those massive abbreviations, eh? haha)

March 11, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - If I wasn’t dying to read this book before, I sure am now! I agree that the author does an outstanding job creating relationships that aren’t just based on physical attraction. I’ve only read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT but it’s enough to have been coming back and checking out her other books.

So glad you loved it! That must mean it’s amazeballs.

March 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m eagerly anticipating snapping this book up when it comes out! It sounds like a book I’m going to love, and I am excited that it features a small seaside town and a (very unlikely) relationship 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I have this one waiting to be read on my nook. I love that it’s set in a small seaside town during the summer (Hello! Ginger book!) and I am also curious about the email interaction in the story. I think that can be such a fun aspect for the reader. Yours has been the most detailed review I’ve seen, which makes me want to bump this further up my reading list!

Estelle: Sweet Summertime Reads – A Jennifer E. Smith Party!

Once I read The Statistical Probably of Love at First Sight, I was dead set on reading all of Jennifer E. Smith’s books. So I did. And this is what I discovered: Her writing is always rich, lyrical, and beautiful. Her characters are relatable and multi-dimensional. Family is always a central theme. Her books are […]

View full post »

April 23, 2013 - 9:01 am

It's That Time of Year..., Estelle - […] read this one last year and it has remained my top Jennifer E. Smith reads. Smith manages to weave the tragic history of […]

July 11, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] on Wednesday (Summer Edition) 5/31: RBR – The Summer My Life Began Review 6/1: RBR – Jennifer E. Smith Party 6/2: GReads – Summer at the Bookstore > Fiction Folio: Bookstore Time! > RBR: Our Local […]

June 2, 2012 - 9:43 pm

VeganYANerds - I love that you can connect so strongly to all of Jen’s books, Estelle and I really enjoyed the photos you included in this post! I did like TSPOLAFS so I would like to read her other two books 🙂

June 2, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - As usual E, you’ve managed to convince me that I MUST read the rest of her books. I just read STAT during my vacation, but I’m now looking forward to reading her other novels!

June 1, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is such a great post! I love the photo collages and the personal connections to each book! I’m waiting for TSPoLAFS to come in at the library, but I’m excited to see that ALL of her books are equally amazing! I love discovering a new writer and then devouring her books one by one (like my current Magan-inspired Morgan Matson binge!!!!)

June 1, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh how I adore this post!! Love all the photo collages & how you identified personally with each book, Estelle. I’ve only read STAT, but I seriously enjoyed it. Based on your reviews here I think I need to pick up the Comeback Season really soon. Thank you for spotlighting an author I don’t see too much attention on, but definitely deserves it!

Estelle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith Publisher: Poppy (Part of Hachette Books) Pages: 256 pages Publication Date: January 2, 2012 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover gifted to me by the lovely Magan. Why I wanted to read it: An airport, a chance meeting, London, and that gorgeous cover. Summary: When she misses her flight by […]

View full post »

November 20, 2012 - 12:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: Ah, the book that put Jen E. Smith on my radar. This was literally the first released I marked on my calendar, and whoa, did it fulfill all expectations. What I love about Jen’s writing is how it is so well-crafted, and she continues to surprise me with surprise depth in areas I never thought would mean so much to the story. (My review.) […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:01 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] + Circle of Magic Book One, Sandry’s Book, and Circle of Magic Book Two, Tris’s Book, by Tamora Pierce — gifted to me by Tara at Hobbitsies + The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Goodreads | Estelle’s Review) […]

February 25, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Jessie - I just read this and really loved it, too. The simplicity and real time elements of the story really worked so well, and had a huge depth of emotions in it.

February 19, 2012 - 11:03 am

Estelle: In My Mailbox (2/19/2012) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Estelle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith > Magan: The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas > Estelle: The Scent of Rain & Lightning by […]

February 13, 2012 - 5:58 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! This is still sitting on my shelf at home, I wish I could read it soon but I really should get through my mountain of library books first. Your review has me SUPER excited to read it!

February 13, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Reading your review got me so excited to (eventually) read this book! I really wish I could have gone to the reading with you, as I’m sure it was fantastic. I must get my hands on this book ASAP. Great review!

February 13, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I’m SO excited for this one! I bought it right when it came out, but have not been able to read it yet. Soon, soon, SOON! I’m dying. Yay for your review!

February 13, 2012 - 1:13 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I completely agree!! Totally loved this book. It definitely has a lot going for it. Awesome review, Estelle!