The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy/Little Brown on January 2nd 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father's second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?
This book was a cute, refreshing read. A great summer read. I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading it. Jennifer E. Smith did a great job at creating characters that I could not only relate to but loved to read about. I fell in love with Oliver. Totally love him! What’s not to love? I mean he’s attractive, funny, bookish, and has an accent! The main character, Hadley (how cool is that name?!) was very relatable to me especially. She comes from a broken home and I went through it and I could definitely feel what Hadley went through, especially during the wedding part.
Jennifer’s writing was great. She hooked me in from the very first chapter and I just kept wanting more. I’d love to see a sequel to this just so I can read more of Hadley and Oliver (I know it probably won’t happen, but a girl can dream right?!) Anyways, I loved the dialogue between Hadley and Oliver. I couldn’t wait to read more with them in the same scenes.
It was amazing to me that the entire book took place within a 24-hour period of time. I thought that was wickedly cool. I have never read a book that took place within a 24-hour period and I loved it because I read it within 24 hours it felt like I actually went through it myself. It was also cool that each chapter started with the times in USA and then in the UK.
Overall, I loved this book. It was cute, fun, relatable, easy to read, and thoughtful. Even though at times it made me sad (only because my boyfriend is away for 5.5 more months and all I wanted to do was cuddle up next to him after this book was finished) however, I loved every second! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary and an all-around great read!
“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”
“What are you really studying?”
He leans back to look at her. “The statistical probability of love at first sight.”
”Very funny,” she says. “What is it really?”
”I don’t believe you.”
He laughs, then lowers his mouth so that it’s close to her ear. “People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely too fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”
“He looks at her and smiles. “You’re sort of dangerous, you know?”
She stares at him. “Me?”
”Yeah,” he says sitting back. “I’m way too honest with you.”
“You,” he says, laughing in spite of himself, “are mad as a hatter.”
“Love isn’t supposed to make sense. It’s completely illogical.”
“How long till you get here?”
”Not long,” she says. “Not long at all.”
He sighs again. “Good.”
”Can you remind me where I’m going?”
“He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”
“It’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”
[This was originally posted on my old book blog Little Red Reads (no longer active)]