Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith

Release date: January 2nd 2012
Published by: Poppy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

My thoughts:

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight caught my attention because of its cover and promise. I mean, come on, love at first sight? Since when is this good in a book? And I was wrong, terribly wrong. This debut is so freaking cute I was smiling like an idiot when I read the last page. People, this is the way a romantic story should be written!

Hadley, the main character, is going through a tough time – her father is marrying another woman, and the tension that’s been lurking around her house since he made this decision simply makes Hadley grumpy. She just wants to get to the bloody wedding, in London, and go back to her normal life as fast as she can.

Destiny (or bad lucky) makes her miss her flight, and an already pissed off Hadley has to wait for the next one in the airport. In these circumstances, she meets Oliver, a British boy who’s on his way to London and – big surprise there – is on the same flight. One conversation leads to another, and soon, they’re sharing life experiences and frustrations.

Oliver and Hadley were great characters, and to be honest here, Oliver is so adorable the romance worked – even if it developed in 24 hours. And then you may say “Aha, then insta-love is not something to despise in a book?”. But every rule has an exception, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is that exception. I bow deeply to this author, who managed to write such a great love story, based on situations and issues that could very well be anyone’s case.

This review’s going to be short, because really, I don’t know what to say. This book is a must read just because of Oliver, because of the romance that works so well… but most important, because it changes your mind about a lot of taboos in literature. After reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I realized that a good love story can be developed in 24 hours and be as enchanting as one that develops in a year, if it's well written. And trust me, Jennifer E. Smith is a hell of a writer.

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