Showing posts with label London. Show all posts
Showing posts with label London. Show all posts

Monday, May 27, 2013

Postcards and Ghosts

Today was a day for reading, considering I finished two books. The weather wasn't very nice outside, and it was just a perfect day to stay inside, curled up with a good book or two.

Postcards From No Man's Land  by Aidan Chambers follows the story of Jacob Todd, a 17 year old boy who has traveled to Amsterdam to honor his grandfather, who passed away during World War II. However, he didn't realize that not only would he discover that there was more to his grandfather's story than he had previously believed (especially in the way of his caretaker, Geertrui), he also discovers a lot about himself, especially in the way of love and his sexuality. Told in alternating points of view between Geertrui and Jacob, Chambers spins a story that will keep readers engaged for the entire novel, always wondering what's going to happen next.

Once you get sucked into this novel, it's really difficult to put it down. Not only is Chambers an absolutely beautiful writer, he has spun a story that is unlike anything I have ever read, with characters who are intriguing, interesting, and always keep you guessing. Chambers also created such a beautiful and interesting picture of Amsterdam, which makes me want to go and visit all the more. I also wouldn't mind reading another one of his novels, if they are all as beautifully written as this one.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson is the second book in the Shades of London series, which follows the story of a girl named Rory, who has moved to London from the United States to attend boarding school. However, while in London, she gains a unique ability that allows her to see ghosts. After the ordeal she went through in the first novel, Rory must now readjust back to her old life. But, with other murders happening around her school, it might be more difficult than she first thought.

This book I couldn't put down. I bought it today, started reading it, and finished it in about 2 and a half hours. And of course, Johnson ended with a cliff hanger, which means we will be left in suspense until the next one comes out, which is never fun. But well worth it. Johnson has created such a unique story, and paints such a beautiful picture of London, that I think a lot of people will have difficulty putting this book down. Not to mention, Rory is an awesome, strong, female main character that doesn't need a boy to complete here, which doesn't seem to happen often in young adult fiction. If you're interested, the first book in the series is The Name of the Star, and I would highly recommend reading it.

Until next time, happy reading! :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Best Day Ever

Before I get to the spectacular day that was my Wednesday, I have to play some catch-up. Tuesday morning we got up early in order to see the torch run by Kingston University. I honestly thought it was a little anti-climactic. Don't get me wrong, it was still extremely cool to see the torch, but I thought there would be a bigger parade or something that went with it. So I guess I'd say it didn't match my expectations. But it was still something that I probably won't get to do again, so it was still pretty cool. After that, I went back to finish my final paper for my Shakespeare class before heading out to see Richard III. Thankfully it wasn't raining for this performance! It actually hasn't rained at all this week, which is pretty spectacular. The play itself was really good, all of the actors did an amazing job. Roger Lloyd-Pack who played Barty Crouch Sr. in Harry Potter played Buckingham, and Mark Rylance played Richard, who was the first Art Director at the Globe. Pretty cool, and they both did a fantastic job. After the play, we walked around London a little, to take in the view of London at night, which is absolutely gorgeous.

Now we're to Wednesday, one of the best days, if not the best day, I've had since I came to London! It all started off with leaving bright and early in order to make it to Middlesex University to see Rupert Grint carry the torch. Of course, it was the hottest day London has seen all year, which made standing on the side of the street a little difficult, but it was worth it! Diana Gould, the oldest person to carry the torch, took it into the University for lunch, and Rupert was the one to carry it out. So cool! And all the while they had music playing, people handing out things, and people taking pictures. The atmosphere was so energetic, despite it being really hot. It's definitely something I'm going to remember forever.

After seeing Rupert carry the torch, I made my way to Leavesden Studios, for the Making of Harry Potter tour! I had to take a train and a bus to get there, but it was so amazing! I couldn't stop smiling on the way to the Studios, and once we got there, I was just in awe. This is where so much of Harry Potter was filmed! It definitely was the highlight of my trip. I got there a little early, so I grabbed a bite to eat, then looked around the shop, where I could have spent sooooooo much money. There were so many things I wanted, but they were all so expensive! Anyway, I got in early, and the amazement began! I had goosebumps when we were sitting and waiting to be let into the actual studios. I was kind of amazed at how many younger kids were there, and I have to say, I felt a little sorry for them because they will never experience the true excitement of Harry Potter. They won't have grown up with it, like so much of our generation has. They won't feel the excitement in the air at a midnight book or movie release, won't grow up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I'm glad that our generation got to experience this, that we got to grow up with Harry. It's something that will probably make an impression on us for the rest of our lives.

Anyway, seeing all the props and stuff made me realize how much time and effort went into making this amazing book series come to life. I mean, I knew there were a lot of people that worked on it, but seeing it all in person is just amazing! There's so much detail put into every little prop, and I love it. It shows how dedicated they were to making JK Rowling's books come to life. I could definitely go back there again and again.

Now we've come to Thursday, the last day of class. I can't believe this experience is almost over already! It seems like I just got there. But in a little less than 2 days, I will be saying goodbye to London and hello to Holland. But for now, I will enjoy it while I'm here. The next time you hear from me, I'll probably be back in the good old state of Michigan. Until then, happy reading! :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

My Final Weekend

Alas, it's hard to believe that this is my last weekend in London! I feel like the time has just flown by! It has been a gorgeous weekend, though, it didn't rain at all yesterday or today. This is saying something, since it's rained almost every single day we've been here. Anyway, this weekend has pretty much been about relaxing, having seen most of the things that I wanted to see while I was here (minus Leavesden Studios, but I'm doing that on Wednesday). It was really quite nice, not having to rush around to places, feeling like you have to cram everything in before you leave. I was glad to have the weekend to relax in Surbiton.

On Thursday, we went to Stratford-upon-Avon, which is where Shakespeare was born. It was an adorable little town, and honestly, I think if I had to live anywhere in England, I would probably live here. There were a lot of cute little shops (more on that in a minute) and I liked that it was kind of a smaller town, and you could take a two hour train and be in London, if you wanted. Anyway, we went there to see The Tempest, but we had a little time to kill before the show we were seeing. So we walked around Stratford and found Shakespeare's birthplace. We walked down the street a little ways, and what did we find? A little shop called The Creaky Cauldron, a store dedicated to Harry Potter things. We might have freaked out a little! It was such a cool little store, and we grabbed some butterbeer before continuing our way through Stratford. Then it was time to see The Tempest, which was a pretty good performance, though it was a little slow at parts. Then we stopped in a used bookstore before grabbing the train back to London. Overall, it was quite a successful day.

The next day, we got up early in order to get to Westminster Abbey before it got too busy. This is an absolutely gorgeous building, both inside and out! It kind of amazes me that people actually go to church there, because it is such a beautiful building. A lot of famous people are buried there, from kings to famous authors to famous scientists. It's pretty neat to see. After the Abbey, we made our way down the bank, specifically looking for the Southbank Book Market, which we found! It was lovely to see all of the books placed on table, I probably could have spent the whole day there, browsing through the books. There was also a little food market there, where we stopped for lunch. We had some delicious brushetta from a little stall in the market. Then we made our way to the Imperial War Rooms, a museum dedicated to all sorts of war things. It was interesting to see a different side of the wars, especially since they all happened over here. We're used to hearing the US side of things, and to see the British side of things was neat. They also had a Holocaust exhibit that was really interesting, and really depressing. We all decided that we needed something happy after that, and what's happier than chocolate? So we went into a chocolate store, and did some shopping before heading back to Surbiton for the night.

Saturday we spent the day in Kingston, doing various shopping things and walking around the mall. We did go to this little cupcake place called Sweet Revenge, which had the most delicious cupcakes. I had a red velvet one, and took home a peanut butter one for later. So good. The rest of the night was spent relaxing, and beginning to work on my paper. Sunday was a day of complete relaxation. Since it was so beautiful outside, I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and headed into Surbiton, grabbing a panini and a milkshake, and sought out a park to read in. It was glorious. I read all of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I can't say that I regret it one bit. When I came back, I had to work on my paper (which I probably should have been doing all day), but I'd have to say the afternoon was definitely worth it. Today I ventured into London with a few friends to go to Camden Market, which is a huge market! There were so many different things being sold there, and that's one of the things that I love about London. There are so many of these market places all around, and that's definitely something that you don't see as much of in the United States. I kind of wish you did, because most of the time, the markets have really good deals on things. If I lived here, I would try to do most of my shopping here! Anyway, the rest of the week should be full of adventures, as I might possibly get to see the torch 3 different times, and I'm going to tour Leavesden Studios! It will be a whirlwind, then I will be home. So bittersweet. Until next time, happy reading! :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Plays and Premieres

Since the last time I posted, I've been pretty busy! Monday I got up bright and early in order to make it into London by 10, so we could secure tickets for Sweeney Todd that night. And we were successful! But then we had a lot of time to kill in London, given the show wasn't until 7:30. So first we went to the National Gallery and browsed around at the paintings there. My favorites were definitely the Van Gogh pieces. I just love his style of painting. After spending a few hours in there, we ventured on over to St. Pancras, so we could go to the London 2012 store. It's still so crazy seeing all of the things they're doing here to get ready for the Olympics! I do have to say, however, I'm glad that I won't be here during the games, because I can't imagine the amount of people that are going to be here. It's going to be so crazy!

Anyway, we grabbed some cornish pasties for lunch in the station, which were absolutely delicious! It was pretty much like beef stew in a pastry. After lunch, we did some souvenir shopping, then headed to Waterstones to hang out and read while waiting until it was time for dinner. For dinner, we went to a Japanese restaurant, which was delicious as well! I've tried so many new foods while I've been here, and I have loved them all! By the time we finished eating, it was finally time for the show, which was absolutely spectacular. Imelda Staunton (who plays Umbridge in Harry Potter, if that name sounds familiar) did a fantastic job as Mrs. Lovett, and Michael Ball was amazing as Sweeney Todd. The whole cast did a wonderful job!

The next day wasn't as exciting, given that it was just a lecture day. Today, however, was anything but boring. The Dark Knight Rises European Premiere was in London today, so we decided to make our way down to Leicester Square to see if we could see any famous people. I have to start with this: when it comes to celebrities, people are insane. We got into London around 2 and of course the square was already packed, some people had been there overnight. We got into the crowd, and were basically packed in like sardines, and people kept trying to push their way to the front. It was crazy! I don't ever want to be in a crowd that big again. But I do say, the experience was interesting, and I definitely got to see some famous people, even if I didn't get their picture. After finally getting out of that crazy crowd (we were standing there for a little over 5 hours, it was kind of tiring), we made our way back to Surbiton to have some delicious Indian food before making our way back home. I must say I'm glad I've had the experience, and I don't think it's one I will ever attempt again! Tomorrow I'm venturing to Shakespeare's birth place for class, which should be a wonderful time. Until next time, happy reading! :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Quieter Weekend

The past two weekends I've been here have been pretty chaotic, trying to fit everything in before we leave in two weeks (seems so soon!). The first weekend was filled with many London sights, the second with Wales and Ireland. This weekend was a little less hectic, at least for me. Saturday was a day trip to Brighton, and as we rode in the bus there, I just hoped the whole time that it would be nice weather, given the fact that Brighton is located right on the coast. Luckily, I got my wish! It was a little cloudy when we got to Brighton, but it cleared up as the day went on, and it actually turned out to be a lovely day. First we went to the Royal Pavilion, taking a little tour of this beautiful palace. It was interesting, but the tour didn't really take us all that long. Then we walked around the pier, thinking about going on some rides (since it's basically like a mini fair), but decided not to, given it was a little on the expensive side. So we walked up and down the beach, which was a rocky beach instead of a sandy one and that was a little strange to me, being used to the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. Not many people were swimming, given that it's pretty cold, and the air temperature wasn't all that warm either. After thoroughly exhausting the amount of things to do at the beach (there weren't really that many if you weren't looking to spend money), we made our way over to the Lanes, the shopping district of Brighton. It was there that we stumbled upon a market, where we found a bookstall, which would proceed to be my downfall for the rest of the day. At the bookstall, I found all three Lord of the Rings books and the seventh Harry Potter book, which made me excited! I thought I was done for the day when we found another used book store that had the fourth Harry Potter book. So I bought that...and found the fifth one at another store and bought that. Now all I need are books 3 and 6 in order to finish my collection, which I'll probably end up buying somewhere.

Anyway, after the book buying extravaganza, we stopped for some ice cream, killing time until we had to get back on the bus to Surbiton. Of course, when we went back to the bus, it started down pouring, so we were all soaked for the bus ride back home. We got back and dried off a bit before venturing back into town for dinner. There's this restaurant here called Pizza Express, and they are everywhere! We decided that we finally had to eat there, so that's where we went for dinner, not really knowing what to expect. It was delicious! They had all kinds of pizza, and you could see them making it as you sat at your table. Pretty cool!

The next day (today, really), we got up early in order to get to Hampton Court Palace before it got too crowded. The Palace was really, really beautiful, especially the gardens! When we visit places like this, sometimes it's unbelievable how long these buildings have been there, especially since we don't really have anything close to it in the United States, being a relatively young country. Everything here has so much history, and it's really cool to be able to see it all. The rest of the day has been pretty relaxing, catching up on things I needed to do. The rest of the week should hold some fun adventures. Until then, happy reading! :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Museums and More Museums

I kept meaning to write a post the past few days, but I had a paper due today that was a little more pressing. But that's out of the way now, so I have time to catch up on what I've been doing. Tuesday wasn't a very exciting day, since I just had two lectures, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We did have a BBQ here at Clayhill, the place I'm staying for the month. We got to talk to some British students, which was interesting, being able to hear about what school was like for them and their perspectives on America. After that, I pretty much worked on my paper until bed. It's so hard to motivate myself to do schoolwork here. It just seems strange!

Anyway, Wednesday we ventured into London and visited the British Museum. So many artifacts! It would probably take you forever to look at every single thing in that museum. The things of note that we saw were the Rosetta Stone, a statue from Easter Island, and a lot of Greek and Roman statues. By the end, everything kind of started to look the same. As we left the museum, we ended up stopping at a little restaurant by the museum that served afternoon tea. It was kind of like eating lunch! We had tea (obviously) and it came with four finger sandwiches (a tuna, a cheese, a salmon, and an egg salad one), a scone with cream (which was kind of like a light butter) and jam, and a piece of cake (we had chocolate chip cheesecake). It was absolutely delicious! We then made our way back to Surbiton, stopping at the store for food and such. I then did some laundry, before going to attend the film night that was happening on campus. It was comedy night, so we watched Life of Brian which was...interesting. British humor is interesting.

Thursday was another long day. For class, we had a Globe Tour at noon, so we went into London for that. It was interesting, and the exhibition there had a lot of information about what theater was like at the time Shakespeare lived there. Then we had the whole afternoon to ourselves, since we didn't have to be back at the Globe until 7:30 to see Henry V. So we walked over to St. Paul's, grabbing a delicious snack. Then we took the tube over to St. Pancras in order to visit the official London 2012 shop there. Everything was so expensive in the store! But I got a few things, then we headed back to Borough Market, where we stumbled upon a stand with Turkish delight. It is delicious! It's kind of hard to explain exactly what Turkish delight is, but I did enjoy it. After that, we grabbed some coffee at the Globe, waiting to be let into the theater. Of course, it started raining as we were waiting in line, and didn't stop the whole time we watched the play. The performance was really, really good, but being wet the whole time wasn't all that fun. I was soaked and exhausted by the time I got back, but the play was definitely worth it.

Today we got up and headed back into London, planning on doing a day of museums. We started out at the Science Museum, which was interesting. They had a whole space section that was pretty much just dedicated to NASA. Then we headed over to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is huge! There is so much stuff in there, it would take someone days to see everything in it. We looked around mostly at the stuff from Britain, and ventured into the garden to get some caffeine. In the garden, there were these chairs that were basically like spinning tops, they were so strange to sit in! Rejuvenated from our little break, we finished looking at the British stuff in the museum, then headed on over to the Natural History Museum, which is just as big! There were a lot of fossils and stuff in there, which were interesting to look at. We hit the exhibits we wanted to see, then walked over to the Royal Albert Hall, which is a beautiful building. Brains full from all the information we had absorbed, we made our way back to Surbiton, and made plans to go to a pub later for dinner. This weekend should be fun, with a trip to Brighton tomorrow, then Hampton Court on Sunday. I don't think I'll have a day of relaxation until I get home, but I'm definitely okay with that! There's just so much to do and see here, and there's no way I'll see it all before I leave. Anyway, until next time, happy reading! :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

First Day of Class

So today was my first official day of class, and while it doesn't really sound all that exciting, it actually was really interesting! In the morning, we had a lecture about London and the theater in Shakespeare's day, focusing most of the discussion on whether or not Shakespeare was the author of his plays. It was absolutely fascinating, to me anyway, being an English nerd. And being able to be taught by someone in a different country is also a plus of this experience, because usually you only get the points of views of people in the United States, and it's interesting to hear things from a different point of view, especially because while we have extensive historical knowledge of the United States, our knowledge on the history of England is lacking, especially compared to someone who went to school here their whole lives. Now there aren't any British students in our class, but our professor kept explaining historical events because he wasn't sure whether or not we would have knowledge of them. It wasn't something that I really thought about before coming over here and taking a class, and it was really interesting.

After our morning lecture, we took a lunch break, and were all to meet in London to go walk to the Globe and visit the Golden Hinde. Once we finally found our professor at London Bridge Station, we made our way over to the Thames River to see the lovely replica of the Golden Hinde. Since we couldn't go in until 4, we walked around, learning about the various things that used to exist in that area of London, while seeing where we will get to see 3 of Shakespeare's plays later in the month. Then we finally were able to get into the Hinde. First, a little bit of history on the Hinde. The Hinde that's currently in London is a replica of the boat that Sir Francis Drake took when he traveled around the world in 1577. The trip took 3 years and the Golden Hinde was the only boat to make the complete trip. Going into the ship, I can't believe people spent 3 years of their life here! It was so tiny, and the conditions must have been absolutely miserable. But it was still really cool to be able to go onto the ship and see what ships of that time period really looked like. Puts some parts of history into perspective. After touring the ship, we came back and just relaxed for the rest of the night. Soon this relaxation time will probably be turned into homework time, but I am enjoying the free time while it lasts. I guess that's it for now. Until next time, happy reading! :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

An Adventure to England!

So for the past week, I've been in England! But most people already know that and are probably curious as to what I've been up to. The first day I got here I was really exhausted and ready to sleep, given the 7 and a half hour plane ride I had just been on, but instead I got situated here and went into the town of Surbiton. It's about a 10-15 minute walk from where I'm staying, and is where we usually catch the train into London. That night, we got dinner at a pub, and I had my first fish and chips! It was absolutely delicious, and will probably happen again before I leave. Anyway, after that we made our way back to Clayhill (my current place of residence) and I attempted to stay awake for a few more hours so I would be going to bed at a normal time here.

The next day we had to get up bright and early to go to orientation at Kingston, which is where we got our IDs and travel cards. In the afternoon, we had a photo scavenger hunt around London with our fellow flatmates. We went to the London Eye, walked past Big Ben and the Parliament Building, went down the main shopping district of London, walked through Trafalgar Square and the Covent Garden Market, saw the theater district of London, and ended up at English pub. It was a tiring afternoon, but definitely a good way to learn our way around London.

The next day, we got up bright and early in order to get to St. Paul's Cathedral. This is probably one of my favorite things that I've done so far, because both the building and the view from the top were breathtaking. When you first walk into St. Paul's, the decor on the walls and the dome put you in awe. Then you start to make your way up the 528 stairs to the top of the dome. It's a workout, but definitely worth it. The first part you make it to is the Whispering Gallery. In the Whispering Gallery, if you whisper into the walls it can be heard across the room. Then you make it up to the Stone Gallery, which is the first place where you can view the city. It was windy when we went up there, but since it was a clear day (rare in London), we could see almost everything. It took your breath away. Then you make it up to the very top of the dome, and when we got up there, the sun was shining and you could see all of London. I think that this will definitely be one of the best things about this trip, for sure.

After St. Paul's, we walked around London a little more, specifically Cheapside and the place where Shakespeare's theater used to reside. We walked down streets that Shakespeare used to roam, which for an English nerd like me was really, really cool. We went into the Borough Market, where there were lots of vendors selling lots and lots of different things. We stopped for lunch here, I got a sausage and bubble bap, which was absolutely delicious. It was basically just a sausage, potato, and cabbage sandwich. Then we walked down to the Globe Theater, which I will get to see three plays in throughout the course of this month, and also walked across Millennium Bridge, which Voldemort destroyed in the 5th Harry Potter movie. Then we made our way home, relaxing the rest of the night after a very tiring day.

The next day we made our way to Buckingham Palace, which was very elegant and it's pretty amazing that people still live there. It's so big! We walked through an exhibit that had all of the diamonds that the Queen owned, which just showed exactly how rich the Queen actually is. Crazy. After the Palace, we made our way to the Tower of London to explore all of the history that was there. And let me say, there was definitely a lot. So many people were executed at the Tower, and it was a little creepy to be honest. But worth it to go there. Then we made our way back, and were all ready to relax when we realized the final of the Euro 2012 Cup was on, so we figured we better make our way to a pub because football is such a part of the culture here, and we wanted to experience it. I've gotta say, it was definitely an experience, seeing all the Englishmen get so excited over a football (which is soccer in the US, in case you're getting confused) match, like Americans get excited over baseball or American football.

Finally, today my friend Katie and I made our way to the British Library, which was one of the things at the top of my list to do here. And let me tell you, it's a book nerd's heaven, especially with the exhibit that they currently have there at the moment. Among other things, I saw the original manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, I completely nerded out. This is definitely going to be one of the highlights of my trip, for sure. :) Other things I saw were a painting of the Shire by Tolkien, the original copy of Winnie the Pooh, a manuscript for Jane Eyre, Our Mutual Friend, and Alice in Wonderland. After the library, we made our way to Kings Cross Station, and I think most people know why I was so excited to go here. Platform 9 and 3/4! I actually got to see it! Again, another thing to check off my bucket list. After that, we made our way to Waterstone's Picadilly, which is considered the biggest bookstore in Europe. 5 floors of books. This is definitely somewhere I want to live, and makes the Barnes and Noble back home pale in comparison. I also bought the UK editions of Philosopher's Stone, and Chamber of Secrets, just another thing to add to the growing library in my room. Oh well. One can never have too many books :) Tomorrow is my first day of class, which will definitely be an adventure in and on its own. Now that I'm all caught up, I will definitely have to make sure I blog more often so each post isn't so long. Until next time, happy reading! :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Name of the Star

Since I am patiently waiting until I can go home in order to get my copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I am trying to occupy myself by reading other books in the mean time. Don't worry, I should get the book by next weekend and I will finally get to read it. While I wait for that, I have finished Maureen Johnson's most recent book, The Name of the Star. This was one of the books that I got free from ALAN, and I must say it was a very good read. It was different and exciting. And I enjoyed it.

The Name of the Star follows a girl named Rory, who is moving from Louisiana to London because her parents are teaching at a University there. The day Rory arrives in London a murder takes place, one mimicking the work of Jack the Ripper in 1888. Soon all of London is taken by this modern day Jack the Ripper and fear grips the city. The police have no leads and no witnesses. Until Rory spots a man on the night of one of the murders. But no one else saw this mysterious man. So who is he? And what is he going to do about Rory? Rory is taken on a journey she never expected, and learns the truth about a secret police force that most people don't know exists and about her own abilities.

Not only is this book an awesome psychological thriller, it's also somewhat educational. Before reading The Name of the Star I didn't know that much about Jack the Ripper. Sure I've heard the name and everything, but since it's something that happened in London and didn't really effect people in the United States, I haven't heard that much about it. But Maureen Johnson packs her novel full of facts and such about Jack the Ripper that really explained the whole situation really well. I think she showed the panic that would have ensued his return really well. And also educated me at the same time.

I also liked this whole secret ghost police thing that Johnson created. It was different from your average ghost hunter novel. Usually ghost novels have something creepy going on somewhere, usually in a small town, and a whole team gets together with various technology to find out what's going on. There's usually someone that can see ghosts in the team, and they end up finding the ghost in the end. But this ghost story was different. Johnson created this whole different ghost world, and I found that I really liked it. It was refreshing and new, and I enjoyed every moment of it. And I can't wait until the next one.

Until I can get my hands on my copy of The Fault in Our Stars, I will be reading I Will Save You by Matt de la Peña. Until then, happy reading!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Love at First Sight

I know it seems fast, but I just finished another book. It was a short book, and I just couldn't put it down until I finished it. The book is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the story, I loved the idea, I loved the way it was written. Unfortunately for most of you, you won't be able to read it until February because it's a BBYA book, and it's a galley. But you just have all that more time to look forward to it :)

So, what is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight about? It follows the story of a boy and a girl that meet in an airport and the events that follow in the following 24 hours. The girl, Hadley (I love that name, so original), is flying to London for her father's wedding, and she is the one narrating the story. Oliver, the boy, is from London, and is flying back for a different wedding. They meet because Hadley misses her original flight, because she was running late and is absolutely dreading going to her father's wedding. Her new flight happens to be the one that Oliver is on, and their seats are right next to each other. They talk the whole way to London, and they find that there might be something between them. It was like they were meant to be together. You'll have to read it to find out what happens when they actually get to London.

Yes, this book is a little predictable. You could kind of tell what was going to happen next, but I still loved it anyway. I loved that the boy was British (I'm a sucker for British guys....) and that they were going to London, which is somewhere that I want to go. And I thought that both characters were very believable. You learned more about Hadley than you did about Oliver, but you still felt like you knew both characters personally by the end of the story. I also liked how Jennifer Smith gave the back story of Hadley's relationship with her father. It followed a logical pattern of thinking, giving the story an even more realistic feel.

Above all, I think the thing that I loved most about this book was how adorable the story is. When something happens that pushes Hadley and Oliver a little closer together, your heart melts. And once you're all finished reading the book, you realize what a good mood it has put you in. It makes you believe a little more in love at first sight, in soul mates. It's also something that you can't help but wish would happen to you, this perfect little story of love. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a lovely little read, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a book that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Next I will be reading I Am J by Cris Beam. This one should be quite a lovely read