The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith
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 had a lot of fun reading this very cute contemporary romance novel. I really enjoyed the storyline and I was a big fan of the main characters. But somehow the writing kind of got in the way at times. Though just didn’t really bother me overall, I did notice it every now and then. There was just a weird blend between third person point of view and Hadley’s thoughts which kind of pulled me out of the story in certain scenes (or is it just me noticing weird things now?). But this really wasn’t always the case, so don’t worry about it too much. In general I really liked this book and recommend it to any fan of contemporary romance. But even if you are not such a great fan of this genre, perhaps you should give this book shot anyway, especially seeing as there are other topics at hand besides a romance.
Hadley was a very fun character to get to know. She was very complex but in a real way, especially pertaining to her parents’ relationship. Oliver is just the same, there isn’t one aspect of hint that this needlessly enlarged to make him more interesting. He was just a regular, nice guy with his own troubles. I really loved how well we got to know them throughout the book; they almost began to feel as friends by the time the ending rolled around. The one thing that kind of made me love Hadley less is that she was so quick to forgive, especially seeing as how upset she was with the situation only a couple of hours before. In a way this anger that she was holding in seemed a bit out of proportion with the situation, but that might just be my perspective. But there’s nothing to love less about Oliver, because he’s just the cutest guy one could ever meet in the airport. I would have liked to see so much more of him; it would have been a lot of fun.
The story idea was very cute and interesting, but I would have liked more of it(how short can a book be without becoming a novella?). The book could have gone deeper, further. But alas, it didn’t and we were just left hanging, wanting more. In a way I liked that this book was about more than just the love aspect of things, but on the other hand it sort of diverged from the title by being less romance-centered. But in my eyes the love-aspect was done very well, no insta-love here, but a naturally feeling love vibe going. But once again this doesn’t completely stay in line with the title. Not that this really bothered me, it’s just something that I noticed.
Overall not a bad read at all, but nothing to really write home about either. But if you’re looking for a fun, fluffy book to pick up next, this might just be what you need.