Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release date: January 2, 2012
How I got it: Library
"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.I am always on the lookout for what I think to be the Perfect Teen Romance Book: a book that will make me laugh; make me want to become the character's best friend; make me want to jump into the setting; and, of course, give me the swoonz/warm-and-fuzzy-feeling. While I don't know that The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight gave me all of those feelings, the things I liked about it definitely made up for that.
Hadley's situation is total poo. She's didn't brush it off but she's not annoying or repetitive about it either, which ignited immediate respect for her in me. Hadley also has a unique and fun personality, so basically yeah she turned out to be a great protagonist. Then there was Oliver, who was British and shared Hadley's excellent sense of humor, so I pretty much loved him. Despite how Hadley and Oliver first meet when the book opens and when the book ends they've known each other for a day, their relationship built slowly and naturally, though because it was such a short period of time it didn't make me all giggly and stuff.
I have to mention that the third person narrative totally threw me off. I was expecting first person narrative and...well, with this kind of story it's definitely what I prefer. It always makes me feel that much more connected to the protagonist, so I felt like in Statistical Probability's case it removed me from the story a little bit.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight tackled some tough but realistic issues while still managing to be light and charming as a whole. It may have lacked a certain indescribable magic for me, but I'd still recommend it to fans of contemporary for several of its fun qualities, and I thoroughly enjoyed it as a whole.
Plot: Well I am now dying to go to an airport and just sit and wait for British boys to fall in love with me. Is that normal?
Character: Easy to relate to and fun, and Oliver was freaking adorable.
Writing: The third person was icky, BUT other than that I did really enjoy the writing.
Ending: Kinda perfect.
Mature content: Little to no swearing, very clean.
Please don't talk to me.
This may not have earned my undying adoration or anything, but it was a really fast and charming book that grabbed my attention until the end.