Thursday, August 30, 2012
Review of Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
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About (from Goodreads):
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.
Based on the cover and the name of the book I expected a sweet, simple, little story with a bit of romance. It delivered in many ways but also exceeded my expectations on the "simple" aspect. The book is a story about relationships but its primary focus is arguably that of Hadley and her father. Hadley is angry and bitter. Her father left her and her mother to begin a new life in England. She feels betrayed and is forced by her mother to attend her father's wedding to the woman Hadley suspects he deserted them for. After missing her flight she ends up spending time with Oliver. This chance encounter challenges her position of separating herself emotionally from her father, to whom she shared a close relationship before he left.
It did not take me long to become immersed in the story. After a little time in Hadley's shoes I felt everything that she felt. The story grabs you and holds you through the twists and turns, ups and downs. I found myself cheering her on and then cringing with her. I felt her hopes as if they were my own. I ached for her confusion over both her father and the crush-worthy Brit she connected with during her flight. I fell for Oliver right alongside Hadley, hardly realizing it as we were doing so. Hadley is an interesting character- open, emotional and at times impulsive.
I loved this book! It is optimistic without being overly saccharine-sweet. It is a story about possibilities, new beginnings and second chances. If you are a fan of sweet, simple (and then again, not) romance stories, do yourself a favor and grab this book to read. It would be perfect if you needed a recovery after a heavy and/or sad book.
You can also read another of our blogger's review of the book here: Cindy's Review