When I First Saw You, The Odds of Lightning

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When I First Saw You is an original meme created by Sophie @ Sailing Through Books and Izel @ A Bookish Flower. This meme consists of sharing a first impressions of a book in the form of a synopsis– essentially judging a book by its cover. You can learn more here. Let’s get started!


The Odds of Lightning
by Jocelyn Davies
Publication: September 20th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Series: n/a
Length: 320 pages

My Made-Up Synopsis

Emily’s long-time boyfriend just broke up with her. She’s bored and heartbroken. Until she meets Jessie. She’s sweet and funny, but she has some secrets. Over the course of the night, Emily and Jessie escape to the city of San Francisco, but their secrets threaten to ruin their new relationship. Will they be able to look past their pasts or will their secrets threaten to consume them?

Real Synopsis

A bolt of lightning inspires an incredible journey in this charming, magical realism adventure that takes four teens on an all-night journey through the streets of New York City.

Extraordinary things happen when we least expect them.

Tiny, Lu, Will and Nathaniel used to be best friends. Then life-defining events the summer before high school tore them apart. Now, three years later, they hardly talk anymore. Nathaniel has become obsessed with winning the prestigious science scholarship that his genius older brother once won. Will has risen from anonymity to popular soccer star. Lu grew into a brash, impetuous actress. And shy, poetic Tiny has slowly been fading away.

But fate weaves their lives together again the night before the SATs, during a wild thunderstorm that threatens to shut down New York City. And lightning strikes.

Before they know what’s hit them, the four teens embark on an epic all-night adventure to follow their dreams, fall in and out of love, reconcile the past, and overcome the fears that have been driving them since that one lost summer. And by the time the sun rises, odds are they’ll discover that there’s a fine line between science and magic, and that the mysteries of love and friendship can’t be explained.

The Verdict

I’m pretty close actually! I was right that the setting is in a city, and that it’s more of a contemporary outlook, although the real synopsis has hints of magical realism. I’m even more excited to read the novel now!

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What were your initial thoughts of this book’s cover? If you participated in this feature, link me to your post!


10 thoughts on “When I First Saw You, The Odds of Lightning

  1. I’m very impressed, your synopsis is so close to the real one!:O As always, it’s a pleasure to read your WIFSY post Ali!<3 (and I'll fix the link up when I get home tonight so you can add your post to it!)


  2. Wow that’s a pretty good prediction-synopsis you’ve made up there and it sounds pretty cool too! I actually hadn’t heard of this novel before but after reading the real synopsis I’m definitely adding it to my TBR, it sounds incredible! Kind of like The Breakfast Club mixed with some magic thrown in. GIMME GIMME!!


  3. Both of these synopsis sound really good!! Can you please write book with yours now?? 😉 But now I’m so glad I came across this post because the book does sound amazing and I’d love to read it! Also well done you on your half-accurate prediction, I never would have gotten it!


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