Friday, December 23, 2011

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

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Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Borrowed
Age Level: Young Adult
My Rating: 5+ of 5 stars

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. 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. (Goodreads)

I devoured this book in less than 3 hours; I just couldn’t put it down. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight spans 24 hours, and is shock full of lovey goodness. It’s a story about love, family relationships, coincidences, and yes, fate.

The day starts with Hadley dreading being in her father’s wedding to a woman she’s never met. She’s angry with her father and resents his wife-to-be that broke up their family. She misses her flight to London by 4 minutes. Four measly minutes that completely alters her day, and her life… because she meets Oliver while waiting for a later flight.

I feel the need to clarify that though this book entails love at first sight, instant connections, and is a bit predictable… it is beautifully orchestrated. It doesn’t feel like instant love, and it’s not cheesy. Jennifer E. Smith is an amazing storyteller! The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is perfectly paced, and so well written that you are immediately drawn into the story that doesn’t let you go. All the characters are solid, and the chemistry between Hadley and Oliver is fantastic. I was able to relate with Hadley, sympathize with both her parents, fall in love with Oliver, and even like wife-to-be Charlotte.

I absolutely loved this story. The only negative thing I can think of to say is that it's too short! I was sad when it ended; I just wanted it to keep going. If you can’t tell by this review, I highly recommend this book!

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