The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Source: Borrowed from the Library
Format: Hardcover, 236 pages
Publisher: Poppy/ Little Brown
Publication Date: 01/02/2012
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Before setting my sights on that adorable cover, I already heard a lot of buzz coming from the blogosphere and the Goodreads community about this book and Ms. Smith. I'm not really the type to read YA contemporaries, but I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone. You know when you're reading something that seems so magical and enticing that you desperately wish to be in that person's shoes? This is one of those books. I seriously wanted to go to my nearest airport and hope that I meet my own Oliver.
The protagonist, Hadley, did get on nerves couple of times. Her feelings and thoughts toward her father became repetitive and a little too whiny. Given, her situation and age but still... those we're the kinds of things why I avoid YA contemporary. No offense to the author. Although, when she's not being the hurt daughter, I like how she was with Oliver.
Which brings me to the light of the book... Oliver. My poor, sweet, british boy. I want him for myself! *teehee. Anyways, our mysterious friend over here has secrets of his own and I enjoyed very much seeing different sides of him throughout the book. He has quite a sense of humor, sounds very attractive and when it comes down to it, knows when to settle some things. I felt for him and I completely loved his character.
I did like the overall story of Oliver and Hadley. It's crazy how this book was set within only 24 hours (maybe, a little bit more). Jennifer E. Smith had me nervous about this couple for a second but she did know how to give a good HEA. Props to her for this wonderful novel! I'm definitely going to check out future books she's going to be releasing.
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