Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Statistical Probability That You'll Like This Book

Published: January 2nd, 2012
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
By: Jennifer E. Smith
Poppy/Little Brown
ISBN-13: 9780316122382

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.


   Hadley Sullivan is upset after missing her plane by a few minutes.  At the same time, she's kind of glad because she never wanted to go to her Father's second wedding to begin with.  She's still angry at him for cheating on her Mother and leaving them to live in England with the other woman.  Hadley meets Oliver completely by chance, under the mistaken impression he's going to a wedding to and they hit it off.  It seems like they were made for each other.  When the plane lands in England, Hadley and Oliver go their separate ways with the knowledge they'll probably never see each other again.  But the universe works in mysterious ways and when they are given a second chance will they seize it?  And can Hadley and Oliver work out their family issues as well?  I though this was a cute love story.  However, the other issues the book tried to address left me unsatisfied.  It just wasn't long enough to make a good enough attempt at resolving family issues.  Also, it felt like Hadley was just a little too blase about the whole situation with her Dad after going to his wedding and 'realizing' that he's happier this way.  I'm sorry, no real teenager would let it go that easily.  Oliver's issues were more believable but didn't get enough airtime in comparison with Hadley's.  I didn't mind their instant connection, because it wasn't sickeningly overplayed like it would've been in paranormal fiction.  Overall, this was a cute book but not nearly good enough to read a second time.

VERDICT:  2.5/5  Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*

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