The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher/Year: Hachette January 2nd 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary, CUTENESS OVERLOAD
Other Books From Author: The Comeback Season, You Are Here, The Storm Makers
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 18C. 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.
Hadley Sullivan is having what could be the worst day of her life when she misses her flight to her father’s second wedding, but 4 short minutes bring the gorgeous Oliver into her life. While Hadley is forced to attend a wedding she wants nothing to do with, Oliver is similarly on his way back home to London for something equally terrible… not that she knows it yet. (BIG HINT!) Could he be the ray of sunshine she needs to get through the doom and gloom of London?
Though I have never met a sweet British boy who steals my heart at 40,000 feet, the lovely thing about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the tug of familiarity at your heartstrings — getting into a conversation with the passenger next to you whose name you’ll never know, learning all about his family history when you don’t plan on seeing him again after the flight. We’ve all been there, done that, but how many of us noticed the sweet little bubble of love at first sight?
That’s where Hadley and Oliver won me over!
People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely too fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.
Hadley always thought that you forget about the friends you make on planes as soon as you go your separate ways, so why can’t she get this certain one out of her mind? I’ll tell you why. A boy that carries your luggage around busy airports, plays mind games with you to distract you from scary takeoffs and tells you all about how he believes in the romanticism of weddings when you clearly don’t? Let’s not mention how he’s a smart psychology major whose witty lines and subtle flirts will make your heart flutter (or zoom?) along with the plane! Oliver has an easy charm that isn’t a practised lure – he’ll capture your heart the second he steps into your line of sight and will soon have you dreaming about weddings. With him!
Yet it’s not only about falling in love. No, because Hadley’s carrying a lot of hurt and anger towards her father and Charlotte, his new wife-to-be. She resents how he walked straight out of her life – not just to another house or state, but an entirely separate continent, without so much as a backward glance. Now that he has a whole new life away from her, Hadley must learn to face the pain of her parent’s divorce… And remarriage. By drawing each little scene carefully, Jennifer created the perfect depiction of the domino effect: how one small change can affect and alter your whole life.
In full drama, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight brims with giggles and blushes and tears. Reading this feels like falling in love for the first time all over again. Maybe one day, I’m going to miss my flight by 4 minutes and believe in miracles to happen, because they do!