Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Jennifer E Smith - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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 read this in the space of about three hours on the way to Heathrow airport, so I was definitely in the mood for this kind of book. I really loved it and it actually made me really excited to go on the plane. Sadly, there were no Oliver’s anywhere. Anyhow, seeing as this was quite a short book, I wasn’t sure if there was going to be much to love about it, but I was totally wrong. The relationship in this book was so adorable and, although some thing were a little hard to believe, I did really enjoy the storyline.

I loved the fact that this book took place over 24 hours. I haven’t read many books like that, so it was nice to see things happening quickly and that there was always something going on in the book. It was such an easy to read book as well, and I sped through it. The one thing I was unsure about when I started reading was the tense and I found it really odd. However, I got used to it and thought it worked well by the end of the book.

There were quite a lot of characters in this book, but the two important ones were Hadley and Oliver. I liked Hadley a lot and I felt like I could relate to her as she struggled with family problems and trying to figure out what the right thing to do was. Similarly, I loved Oliver (which has nothing to do with the fact that I’m British…) and I though his character was really adorable and charming. They were quite different people and I think they reflected the typical stereotype of America and Britain – Hadley opened up a lot more and talked more about her personal life, whereas Oliver didn’t really go into detail about why he was flying to London. The relationship itself was so adorable and perfect. I loved every scene that they shared, and I will definitely reread this book just to for some of their moments together.

My favourite part of this book was while they were on the plane, and I was disappointed that there weren’t more scenes that took place on the plane. I felt this even more when Hadley mentioned a couple of conversations that they’d had on the plane but which aren’t scenes in the book, and I personally really wanted to read those. The other thing I want to say about this book is that it’s very stereotypical, for example the names are clearly British or American. Some of their behaviours are a bit of a steretype as well, but it works really well in the book so I can cope with that.

Overall, this book was a fun little read and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a light read or a contemporary romance.

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