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

Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Description: 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.

Review: First of all, this book reads so smoothly. It's a bit over 200 pages, but I finished it in no time. The story takes place in a span of 24 hours, but you get the feeling it's longer, 'cause so much is happening. It all starts when Hadley misses her plane to London to go to a wedding she doesn't really want to attend. Waiting for the next flight she meets Oliver and luck will have it, he's sitting next to her on the plane. Being that Hadley is claustrophobic she can use his distractions and Oliver is glad he can help her. After a 7 hour plane ride and sharing many stories and secrets, it's time for them to say goodbye to each other. Rushing to get to the wedding in time, they part without exchanging contact details. Now Hadley has to attend the wedding, where she pretty much knows no one, except her dad. She feels disconnected from everything and her thoughts keep wondering of to Oliver. Will they meet again?
Some people believe in love at first sight, others don't, but in the end we all want to fall in love no matter how. Definitely a fun story to read and the main characters are so likable. You can easily relate to Hadley, who has to travel across an ocean to see her Dad marry the woman he left his family for. The anger and confusion that comes with that situation is so common these day, that everyone can easily put themselves in her place. At first Oliver seems this nice and quite adorably funny guy, but as the story progresses you get to know him better and learn to understand why he does or say certain things. In the end it's all just about how much you want to believe in love at first sight!


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