by Jennifer E. Smith
Release date : 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. (from Goodreads)
MY THOUGHTS : Such a romantic read! This book shows how simplicity just rocks! It was a When Harry Met Sally kind of thing, mixing destiny and statistics with perfection.
The majority of the book takes place at the airport, which forces dialogues and descriptions to be more developed and important than usual. The writing is appealing right from the start. The discussions between Hadley and Oliver open some flashbacks in Hadley's life before her parents split up, which makes the trip more dynamic. I love plots that take place in a limited amount of time and/or place, and this book was no exception.
I absolutely loved the fun anecdotes that illustrated Hadley and Oliver's exchanges! A lot of images are used advisedly, giving the book a subtle, tender and funny side. I liked how romantic the whole book felt, and without being cheesy.
Both characters are complex, charming and real. I saw myself in their attitudes, in their ways of seeing the world, in their doubts and fears.
THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT is to-the-point, romantic and funny. It's a story that shows how love can strike anybody anytime, and the way it is told makes it interesting, unique and touching! I really enjoyed reading this book, so much that I devoured it really quickly and had trouble putting it down!
You can check out my review of THE STORM MAKERS, by the same author.