Release Date: January 2nd, 2012.
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is one of those books that makes writing reviews kind of difficult because it’s such an incredible story that I’m actually having a hard time putting my thoughts together. All I know is that it hooked me from the first page. And It made me laugh, made me sad, made me smile and made me squeal from sheer adorableness. (Jennifer, if you’re reading this, will you stuff Oliver in a box and send him to me? Please?) I sort of forgot that I was only reading a book and that Hadley and Oliver weren’t real people, as odd as that sounds. Reading it was an experience, something only one or two other books have succeeded in.
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
First off, cute boy with a British accent? Yes, please. But Oliver is much more than that. He’s hilarious and random and adorable and insightful. The effect he has on Hadley (and vice versa) in the hours they’re together sort of leaps off the pages without feeling rushed or fake. If you read my reviews, you know how much I hate the “instant romance,” but authors, read and take notes because Jennifer E. Smith has managed to do it. Perfectly.
Another thing I loved was that while Hadley and Oliver’s meeting is the focus of the story, there’s also the conflict of the rough relationship with she has with her alienated father, whose wedding to a woman she’s never met is the reason she’s on the plane to England in the first place. Oliver’s presence sort of entwines with this, giving his character more depth and giving Hadley a voice of reason.
Overall, The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is a fantastically crafted story of love and family that kept a smile on my face long after closing the book. It’s most definitely being added to my favorite contemporary list. I strongly recommend you all scramble for a copy of this next year!
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