Feb 10, 2014

Review -- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

10798416The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Poppy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 236
Format: Paperback, Bought

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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. 

My Review:
Hadley is having a hard time. She is getting a plane when she is claustrophobic to see her father marry another woman. A woman Hadley has yet to even meet. As she drags and makes excuses to not go, she ends up being 4 minutes late to her flight. Those 4 minutes make her miss it and have to take the next plane. Little did she know that those 4 minutes made her able to meet Oliver, the handsome Brit flying back home on the same plane she is now on.

I was iffy on this book. I read This is What Happy Looks Like by the same author, and as the story was good, she left the ending so wide and open that to me the novel never felt finished. I have heard so many good things about this book though that I decided to put her other book out of my head and give this one a clean slate. I was right to do this. I very much enjoyed this book.

This book is not as romantic in the way you would think by the title, but not in a bad way. I love my romance, all of you that have read any of my reviews, have to know this. This book however isn't jam packed with it. Most of this book is more Hadley struggling with her relationship with her father and coming to terms over how she feels about him getting married again.

I loved watching the struggle Hadley was having with everything. Her relationship with her mother, her father, her soon to be step-mom, then add in the new feelings she has for a complete stranger. The poor girl definitely is having a lot going on in her life.

Then there is Oliver. He seems like a pretty dreamy character. his wit was very enjoyable and seems like the type of guy I would go for if I were in Hadley's shoes. I enjoyed being kept on the edge of my seat wondering when/if Oliver was going to ever show back up. I definitely wanted me some more Oliver throughout the story. He seemed to be hiding things on the plane so he keeps your mind wondering what exactly.

The book goes between the plane, flashbacks of Hadley's childhood, and then the present time of her also in the London area for the wedding. I am not from London nor have I ever been there, but between pictures that I have seen and the description in the book, I had no trouble picturing things as they were happening.

I liked how this book not only had a romance, but it also had the story of families still finding a way to be together even with divorce and new family members. You got to watch Hadley learn more about her parents as well as herself as the story goes on. You can't help but want to cry with her at times, and since I am from a family that has had problems, it was easy for me to relate with the story and the pain that goes with it. There is always two sides to the story and we all need to learn how to see both of them before we set our mind to how we feel about it. It is a good lesson within the story.

The ending to this book was sooooo much better. It still ended in a slightly vague way, but it also worked. You knew how things would continue after the story instead of trying to sort out all the different scenarios that could happen. I wanted the story to keep going but I can also follow it in my head.

This is such a cute fast read that you can easily finish in a day. I was happy when it ended and just sat there flipping through the book re-reading parts that I really enjoyed. I think anyone who wants a nice fluffy read should sit down with a nice warm hot chocolate and a blanket and curl up to this heartwarming story.

Loved It!!

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