Thursday, July 4, 2013

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

Release date: January 2, 2012
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Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Pages: 236
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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.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was so cute. Cute is what I needed when I read this. I had just slogged through two books that I didn't enjoy as much as I would've liked to, so I was dying for something quick, something I'd want to read in one sitting and enjoy myself doing so. (I read this in two sittings, but really, who's counting?)

This is a quick, simple read, but it's also well done. The concept is easy. Hadley and Oliver meet on a plane to London--both are heading to events they're dreading--and immediately hit it off, joking and laughing the whole way. When they reach London, they get separated without having exchanged phone numbers. They have to leave their destinies to fate, or do they?

Even as this is a short, light read, there's more depth to it than I imagined. Both Hadley and Oliver have to reconcile themselves, and learn to appreciate, their families. Both are angry and holding on to the anger, letting it destroy their relationship with a parent. Only in the whirlwind circumstances of the book--and through their interaction with the other--do they realize how much damage that anger is doing, and they reconcile with it.

So like I said: quick and light, but good. Perfect for a day at the beach or a day in bed. Or otherwise, really. :)

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