Thursday, July 18, 2013

[Review] The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith

Released: January 2nd, 2012

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 Oliva, 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.

"Did you know that people who meet at least three different times within twenty-four hour period are ninety-eight percent more likely to meet again?"

Quirky, easy, and fun read. Jennifer E. Smith's writing style reminds me of Gayle Forman. It really does. There's the story in the present time but the chapter almost always starts with a flashback from Hadley's past. A memory about her father. Some people say that this is an odd way to write a book but I strangely like it. It's refreshing and different.

Hadley's a character that almost everyone can relate to. She has issues with her parents, complications with love, and this pent up anger inside of her. Her father's getting married again to someone she hasn't met, so of course she'd be unexcited to attend the wedding. But Charlotte ends up surprising her by being so pleasant.

She's actually pretty wise for her age since I guess she's been through a lot. She's had to be the mature one in the family with her parents dealing with the divorce. Her mom was bipolar over the whole thing for a while and her father was all the way in London. She's had to be the adult. Because of this, she's pretty shaken up. She's not ready to take on this much news.
"After all, it's one thing to run away when someone's chasing you. It's entirely another to be running all alone."
While her father preps himself for his big day, Hadley has to face all her feelings alone. Her mom's not attending and so she has no one to talk to. That's probably why Hadley was grateful to have met Oliver on the plane. They were strangers, hence it was easier for her to spill her heart out. Plus, Hadley doesn't believe in marriages. She's old enough that she's become a realist. She isn't a romantic initially.
"It shouldn't be this big fuss, where you drag everyone halfway across the world to witness your love. If you want to share your life together, fine. But it's between two people, and that should be enough. Why the big show? Why rub it in everyone's faces?"
 And then there's Oliver. *sigh* I don't like the name Oliver but this guy has wowed me and I might just have a certain fondness towards the name now. He was so adorable. He's been doing his "research" on different things and keeps mentioning really random facts.

"Did you know that twenty-four percent of all mayonaise is actually laced with vanilla ice cream?"
"Those are cumulus clouds. Did you know that? Because they look the way clouds are supposed to look, the way you draw them when you're a kid."
"People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else."
God, he's such an adorable nerd *SQUEALS* I have a thing for adorable nerds okay.

And their romance is a Romeo and Juliet kind of thing. No, not the forbidden part but the way that it's so extreme. They fall in love over a 24 hour period. At first, I didn't really get why it was 'love at first sight' since they didn't literally fall in love at first sight. But I guess since they've found comfort in each other even though they've only known each other for a short period of time. The romance is ah-dorable. It's a puppy love kind of thing but it's also so strong.

Minor Faults:
  • The beginning was too dragged on
  • The story was a bit too bland, not well-developed



About The Author:

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.

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