Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Meh Books, Part IV: The Curse of the Long Book Title

I have been stricken by the "Curse of the Long Book Title". Basically, every book with a long title that I've read recently has been...MEH!!!

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

Goodreads Description:
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. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother 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 sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

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

Mini Review:
A thoroughly mediocre book of the "Meet Cute" type. Rather lackluster character development. Hadley's attraction to Oliver is basically, "Cute Guy with British Accent = Love". Because, all American women love British men (because of their accents) even if they look like this:

The Thing About the Truth
The Thing About the Truth  by Lauren Barnholdt

Goodreads Summary:
In this humorous love story from the author of Two-Way Street, an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at Concordia High.

Isaac’s been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father’s a state senator, Isaac’s life is under constant scrutiny—but Concordia High’s his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac’s hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change.

When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it’s anything but love at first sight. She thinks he’s an entitled brat, and he thinks she’s a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey’s happy for the first time in months, and Isaac’s never felt this way about anyone before...But nothing’s ever completely perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there’s one thing that can ruin it all: the truth.

Mini Review:  
The whole "I'm Misunderstood" thing going on in this book is tiresome. This book hits you over the head with its morality based premise, "LYING IS BAD". This is the whole book in a nutshell: "If you lie, you will get caught, it will be embarrassing. So don't lie." Great, now you can skip the whole book.

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick (Perry & Gobi, #1)
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Goodreads Summary:
Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita in this funny, action-packed young adult novel.

It’s prom night—and Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a much-anticipated gig with his band in the Big Apple. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, geeky Lithuanian exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school guy life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattan’s concrete grid with a trained assassin in Dad’s red Jag.

Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true teen coming-of-age adventure—and it’s not over until it’s “au revoir.”

Mini-Review: The whole tone of this book was off. It's like a book having an identity crisis? Am I cool? Am I funny? Then comes the graphic violence and you're just stunned. It's like it wanted to be a book version of a Quentin Tarantino comedy. And, I'm sorry, Joe Schrieber but you'd have to be a literary genius to pull that off.. And well...This is from Ferris Bueller's Day Off and reading "Au Revior, Crazy European Chick" is about as interesting as sitting in this class:

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha that's so strange, but the books that have long titles usually are wonderful books to me! XD But it's depending on people, of course. I was okay with Au Revoir Crazy European Chick but it's nice to know different opinions. :) i haven't got around to The Statistical.... (I don't feel like typing the whole title) only because it has so much hype, maybe it won't live up to the hype. And I'm thinking "insta-love" ?


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