Friday, April 6, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love 
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Source: Bought 
Format: Hardcopy
My Rating:  
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. (taken from  
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was just one of THOSE books- I knew nothing about it, but I simply had to have it. The adorable, original title snagged my attention. I knew from the first page on that I was in for a precious tale of first love and forgiveness. Oh, and a swoon-worthy British boy.

Although the book is a quick read, it manages to touch on several deep topics. From the time Hadley and Oliver meet until the end of the book, they face familial issues, death, emotional breakdowns, and leaps of faith. What makes this book so utterly cute is that the characters face these obstacles together. Despite having only just met, the two instantly bond. Smith managed to make a seven hour plane ride intriguing and humorous with the lovers' banter and tales. 

Hadley's relationship with her father was shattered when he left her mother, and his marriage to an unfamiliar British woman has Hadley feeling betrayed and broken-hearted. The dynamics of their father-daughter relationship were realistic and understandable. It gave me the chance to see how the children of divorced couples' might feel.

While Oliver is kept at arms distance for much of the novel, we still get to know him fairly well as he shares details about his life and interests. Even after hours of talking, he is somewhat mysterious (and therefore addicting). His interest in Hadley's problems and willingness to help her makes him all the more endearing.

The last chapter is more of a beginning than an end. It never assures the reader that everything will be perfect for Hadley and Oliver, but it is full of promise and the bliss of young love. Will the two be together forever? We don't know, but they shared those few days together, and that made it all worthwhile. 

Light-hearted and short, The Statistical Probability of Love is a wonderful piece of chick lit. If the premise doesn't draw you in, then the characters' chemistry certainly will. Fans of Anna and the French Kiss will devour it, as will lovers of quirky romances.