Sunday 29 July 2012

A Review for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted by Jess
Release Date: January 2nd, 2012
Finished Date: July 8th, 2012
Publishers: Little Brown
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 236
Buy : Amazon UK / Amazon US

"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 Oliver, 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.

The Review: “I can't believe you're here," she says, her voice soft. "I can't believe you found me." "You found me first," he says, and when he leans to kiss her, it's slow and sweet and she knows that this will be the one she always remembers. Because while the other two kisses felt like endings, this one is unquestionably a beginning.”  -Hadley & Oliver
This was a lovely little read. I was looking forward to reading it and I wasn't disappointed.
It's set over 24 hours where Hadley misses her flight to London by 4 minutes. Who knew that 4 minutes could change everything. She eventually meets Oliver who's on her next flight out. The chemistry between these two is wonderful, they both manage to bounce of one another. If you believe in love at first sight then this is pretty much a good book for you to read. It's well paced, focusing on the growing fondness between Hadley and Oliver. I basically couldn't put it down. Oliver is pretty awesome, although he isn't dreadfully swoony like most YA boys he does leave something in you and he's British for the American readers, this is always a plus I believe :).
There were a lot of moments that made me gasp, and a few moments that had me in tears, you learn more about Hadley and her relationship with her father as the story moves on, but it doesn't take away the focus of her thoughts about Oliver. Some of my favourite moments were on the plane between these two, and then again when they encounter each other again in London. 
If you're looking for something fresh and new, with a pretty little story then I would definitely recommend you pick up this book. It is the first book I've read my Jennifer E Smith, but it won't be the last. I will most definitely pick up more of her books. 


Carina said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)
There's something really special about this book and I fell in love with this story immediately. Really hope to read more of Jennifer's books soon. :)

Mel S said...

This sounds really sweet! I'm not usually a fan of contempoary YA but this one has caught my eye and I like some sweet romance. :-)

caroline.taylor078 said...

Sadly I was disappointed by this book, I had it pre-ordered for ages and whilst I did enjoy it I think I expected more after all the gushing reviews I had read.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I'm so happy you enjoyed this. I preordered it and I remember being so excited when it finally got here, but I did end up just a bit disappointed. Howeer, I see your points and I think it was partly my own fault, and I certainly agree that we'll see many great things from Jennifer E. Smith. 
Great review.

Gaby said...

 I am soo jealous right now I have been trying to get my hand on this for forever and after reading this post I want it so much more :D

Suzanne @ Paranormal Book Fan said...

I have this one but haven't got around to reading it yet. Love at first sight is really insta love and I think that's kind of what's putting me off but it doesn't sound like it feels that way. Great review Jess.

Shawn Maravel said...

I'm reading this now and just got to the part where they see each other again. It's taken me probably a little too long to get through it, haha. I feel like it wasn't what I had expected but it's really picked up so I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Andrea Modolo said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one, I've heard nothing but good things and I have been a little scared to check it out, but it's definitely one that is on my TBR and I hope to get to it soon. 

Kelly Fox said...

I have had this book on my tbr list but haven't gotten around to it. Thanks for your review. I didn't know he wasn't totally swoon worthy and being british with the accent  is a nice addition!

Kat E. said...

oh wow ~ this sounds like a great summer read!  On my list now, thanks!

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