Friday, July 5, 2013

Seeing Double: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Seeing Double is a new feature here at Random Reads. Two covers. One book. One opinion. Feel free to join the discussion! :)

Ahh, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (ie. the book that always makes me cringe when I have to type/write out its title). How nice it is to be able to relive last year's reading of this book! I'm still trying to get over how this book didn't woo me over because it had such a fail-proof plot! Honestly, this book was, like, written for me. But alas, I am not spending today talking about that awkward moment when you feel like you're the only person who felt disappointed with a book. Today is dedicated to another pressing matter: which one of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight's various covers comes out on top? Let's take a look, shall we?

Cover #1 (and most likely, the original one)

I have no shame: I read this book because I liked the cover. Yup, it's true - I am a cover fanatic (as if it weren't already obvi!). What I liked about this one in particular was the black-and-white photograph of Hadley and Oliver in the airport (though I'm not too sure about the kiss...) and then the red and white doodles. It's a super cute take on the age old practice of defacing photographs (moustaches and devil horns anybody?). But mostly, I just can't get over how GOOD the red looks on the black and white. 

Cover #2 (which I think is the British cover)

When I first saw this cover, the first thought that came to mind was, and I quote: 'Ew, I hate it.' Now? I think it has grown on me. I think a lot of my initial hate was due to the me resenting the fact that one of my favourite covers had gone through a change. That bitterness has mostly subsided and I think I can appreciate this cover, calling it 'cute' but not 'amazing' like Cover #1 is. I do like the sneakers on the cover because they look like Vans and those are my second favourite shoes. Again, we see the return of doodly font on the cover and the use of red to highlight the word, love. The only thing I don't like are the one-word reviews at the bottom. Just seems like an awkward place for something like that. But otherwise, it's nice. Cute.

Cover #3 (I think this is the hardcover edition of the above)

No point in being slow to the point so I'm going to tell it to you straight: this cover looks like it should belong on an adult romance. It doesn't have that same teenage appeal as the other two have. Especially not with the tiny figures in fancy schmany attire at the bottom. I like how they're floating among the clouds. I don't have much else to say about this. Honestly, this cover makes me yawn.


I think it's clear that #3 is out of the running so it's between the first and the second. While I really love the red on black/white, I'm not a big fan of the kissing. But I still really, really like it. It's memorable. You're going to walk into a bookstore, see that cover and remember the title but I feel with the other two, not so much. I'm still all for the original!

What do you think? Let me know in the comments! xxx


  1. Rachel @ Read. Write. Ramble.Thursday, July 11, 2013

    I definitely like the first cover the best! It's what initially made me want to pick up the book. I'm not a huge fan of the kissing either, but I do love the red/black/white and the writing.

    The middle cover is okay, I guess. It's not as good as the first one, but I wouldn't mind if I had this version of the book.

    The last one definitely looks like an adult romance. The little figures at the bottom do not look like teenagers to me. I would not expect this to be a YA book if I picked it up.

    This is a really cool feature! I can't wait to see more of these posts. :) I love discussing and critiquing book covers.

  2. Oh my gosh, I know! The font on the first cover is soo pretty. Thanks for commenting - I'm glad to have found a person I can chat covers with! :)

  3. Emily @ Forever LiterarySaturday, July 13, 2013

    I so agree about the last cover being adult romance-esque and somewhat uncreative. I also adore the original, though, because yes, it is the dreaded kissing cover, but it makes the cliche its own. I love the blurred background and how it brings the couple into focus and I cannot stop staring at the brilliant red standing out against the black and white.

    Lovely feature and great thoughts! The original cover really is gorgeous!

  4. I detest kissing covers but I like how the cover for TSPOLAFS (I have now resorted to using acronyms. I simply cannot type the entire title out every. single. time.) isn't a close-up. It's more aww than bleh.