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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 236
Publisher: Poppy
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)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. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that 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 in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
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My Summary: The last thing Hadley ever wanted was to be forced to attend her father's wedding. Angry and bitter, it seems like a sign from above when she misses her flight to London by a measly four minutes. Forced to wait in the airport for the next flight, she befriends a cute guy who, like her, is traveling alone to London for a family event. She doesn't expect to see him after their plane lands in London, and she really doesn't expect to fall for him...

It's amazing how drastically things can change over the course of a day.

My Thoughts: This novel was light and sweet.  At just over 200 pages long, it was easy to read in one sitting. The writing was really well done, and the plot had just enough twists to keep you wanting more. The chemistry between the main characters was evident, and I liked that though both had been scarred by family issues, they were able to find solace in each other. My personal favourite character was Oliver  - he was complex and intelligent and incredibly sweet (and who wouldn't love a cute British guy who offered to help you with your luggage?).

I also really enjoyed the author's use of flashbacks to give us information about Hadley's past. It's a difficult thing to pull off - trust me - and she managed it wonderfully. 

Final Thoughts: If you're looking for something short and sweet, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the novel for you. I recommend it for fans of cute contemporary lit and lighter YA romance.

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