Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Poppy (Imprint of Hachette)
Date Published: January 2nd, 2012
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.
While contemporary romance isn’t normally my thing, every once in awhile a book will stand out for one reason or another and I’ll just have to pick it up. Statistical Probability is one of those I picked up really because of being shamelessly charmed by the name and the cover. Who could pass up such a cute title? I had to know what this was about. It sounded cute even before I picked it up.
And it was cute. It’s definitely a sweet book that I could see easily transferring to the perfect “Chick Flick” film. But, it also was just okay as a book. It was good and I read it in one sitting because it’s pretty short. It’s short because it only spans one twenty-four hour period where Hadley meets a boy in the airport after just missing her flight. Missing her flight turns out to be bigger than it seems because the boy she meets in the airport ends up sitting next to her on her new flight, and I’m sure you can guess from the title what happens next.
While I really love the whole idea of the entire book taking place in just twenty-four hours, for that same reason the love-story between Hadley and Oliver left so much to be desired. It wasn’t rushed and it was believable, but it was basically just the spark of the beginning of a relationship. We don’t get to really learn how their relationship goes after that spark and sometimes learning how people fit together after that initial interest has passed is the most interesting part of a relationship.
But as a super quick read (I read it in about the time you could watch a movie), it was still very cute and sweet with a few twists that I didn’t expect at first, but were also fitting and connected Hadley and Oliver’s lives even better than I originally anticipated. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an easy read and you’re a fan of young adult contemporary romance.