April 22, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher/Year: Poppy, 1 January 2013 (originally published 2 January 2012)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: I bought it!
Other books from author: This is What Happy Looks Like, The Geography of You and Me and many more…
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.
What I Thought…
This is a cute, fun and quirky romance, and I really enjoyed it. I first read it when I was on a plane to the US last year, and is devoured it one sitting – I was looking for something to take my mind off the 12 hour flight, if only for a little bit, and this certainly delivered. It had all the things I love wrapped up in a REALLY cute cover. British boy – check. Travel – check. Cute romance – check. What more could I want?
Whilst this story is set mainly in the present, it also features flashbacks in Hadley’s life to explain how she got to where she is today. She hasn’t been getting along with her dad since he left her mum, and now she’s being forced to attend his second wedding as a bridesmaid no less, when she hasn’t even met the bride. Sound like fun to me! Or not… Unfortunately, she’s four minutes late to her flight from JFK Airport and she has to sit around and wait for the next one. This sets in motion a chain of events that is the focus of the next twenty-four hours for Hadley.
Who would’ve guessed that four minutes could change everything?
And change everything it does! Had she not been four minutes late, she wouldn’t have met Oliver, the British guy that will be sitting in her row on the next flight.
This story is so character driven, and it would’ve been completely awful had the characters not been likeable and even lovable. I loved Oliver, I thought he was so sweet; he could clearly see that Hadley was down in the dumps over something and he took it upon himself to cheer her up, despite his own issues that he was facing at the time. So selfless! He comes to her rescue when she needs someone to mind her bag, and it flows on from there. Hadley was realistic as a teenager who resents her father for ending his marriage to her mother and leaving her to go and live on the other side of the world. Anybody would be resentful in those circumstances, but I liked that she didn’t allow this resentment to poison her as the book wore on. However, I don’t think she would’ve reached this view had she not met Oliver and then later realised what he was going though, particularly what brought him back to England. Sorry to be so vague but I’d hate to spoil it for anyone!
Whilst they didn’t feature very much, the supporting characters were also very likeable. Smith could’ve written Hadley’s dad to be a complete monster, but she didn’t. He was just a typical dad who loved his daughter and was torn between his love for her and his love for his new bride. He never once forgot about her, even when she was mad at him, and he was pretty awesome. So was Hadley’s new stepmother – I’m not sure what bride, or groom for that matter, would be cool about a bridesmaid disappearing between the wedding ceremony and the reception, but these two were. They understood that it was difficult for Hadley to be there that day and they didn’t come down too hard on her, the stepmother not even a little bit!
When I read books set over a short or predetermined period, I’m often left disappointed by the ending or wanting more; I’m hardly ever satisfied. Thankfully, even though it is set over a twenty-four hour period, I was not left feeling this way by The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Of course, I’d love to know more about Hadley and Oliver’s story together, but I don’t feel unsatisfied that it ended where it did. The book took a natural course and the ending felt just that; natural.
This book was sweet at times, serious at times, and all around pretty awesome! If you’re looking for a quick and fairly easy read, you shouldn’t go past The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – I guarantee you won’t regret it 🙂
Rating: 4 Stars
What about you, have you read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight? What about one of Jennifer E. Smith’s other books?